Former Mars Hill Pastors Start Redeemer Church in Seattle

Ryan Welsh and Gary Shavey today announced the launch of Redeemer Church in the Eastside of Seattle. Welsh and Shavey were members of the group of nine Mars Hill Church pastors that called for Mark Driscoll to step down and enter an elder directed restoration plan. You can learn more about the effort on their Facebook page. They are holding an informational meeting on Sunday, November 2nd at Seattle Revival Center in Newcastle, WA from 4:00-5:30 pm.I wish them well in this new end … [Read more...]

Are Changes Coming to Mars Hill Church?

Within the past two days, some members are being assured by the Mars Hill Church elders that greater transparency is coming to the church. One intriguing claim is that the Board of Advisors and Accountability is soon to be dissolved. An announcement to that effect is planned to come out soon, perhaps today. According to the members who related this to me, pastors are talking openly about this without restriction.In addition, plans are in the works to open Mars Hill's financial records. … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church: Some Unfinished Business for the Board of Advisors and Accountability

I think the Mars Hill Church's elders and the Board of Advisors and Accountability have forgotten something.In August, nine elders wrote their peers and said, among other things: At the retreat this week, Pastor Dave [Bruskas] spoke about our church’s credibility problem. Brothers, this credibility problem is directly linked to the fact that we have not loved the light.This is not the fault of one person, or even a just a small group of people. We all share in responsibility for this in one … [Read more...]

Barton and Barna: If We Don’t Do Something We Didn’t Do Before, We’re Doomed

And so it begins. The hype for George Barna and David Barton's new book, U-Turn will be familiar to anyone who is aware of the Christian nationalist pitch. Charisma "News" has the story, which is really an ad for the book: The United States became a unique, prosperous and admired nation because of its faith in God and the willingness of the people to abide by God's standards and principles. Over time, however, the urge to glorify oneself rather than God has seriously eroded the strength and … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll: No, I Want That Other Wise Counsel

Last night Mark Driscoll was invited on stage at the Gateway Conference hosted by Robert Morris. He said several things which were amazing but there was one thing which seemed to put Mars Hill Church a great distance in the rear view mirror. At 2:59 into the clip, Driscoll said: ...for me I’m in a season of just uh healin’ up, praying. Uh, asking the Lord Jesus through wise counsel to show me any blindspots where I can grow. Just over a week ago, his elders offered him some wise counsel. The wi … [Read more...]

Megachurch Methods: Preaching for Profit

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Many people have commented on the memo from Sutton Turner recommending a $650k salary for Mark Driscoll in 2013. However, beyond the extravagance of the salary, something else caught my eye:In this memo, Sutton Turner pulled back the curtain to a megachurch universe few of us will ever know. In doing so, he disclosed something of the ministry practices of Board Members of the Association of Related Churches. Apparently being a lead pastor at a megachurch is a platform for celebrity … [Read more...]

Driscoll’s Recommended 2013 Raise

Wenatchee the Hatchet has obtained a memo apparently from Sutton Turner which recommended Mark Driscoll get a raise to $650k.Have a surplus, spend it on the pastor. … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Rocks the Gateway Conference

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Didn't take long.At his Gateway Conference, Robert Morris invited Driscoll on stage for a brief talk. Video below. Since someone's already been crucified for him, let's restore him with a spirit of gentleness @PsRobertMorris introing Mark Driscoll #GC14— CharlesCampbell (@charl3scampbell) October 21, 2014 Click here to read the transcript of the Morris and Driscoll.Supply caption here.Don't know what to think about Driscoll's stories. If true, I hope the ro … [Read more...]


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