Mediation Sought by Former Mars Hill Church Members and Donors

This just in...For IMMEDIATE Release Mediation Sought by Former Mars Hill Church Members and Donors SEATTLE, Dec. 22, 2014 A group of former Mars Hill Church members and donors are pursuing mediation with Mars Hill Church to accomplish a number of goals: full financial transparency, an acknowledgment of and some form of restitution for those harmed by Mars Hill, the release of the Board of Elders investigative report of the charges against the former Mars Hill pastor, Mark Driscoll, and … [Read more...]

Former Elder Jon Krombein Issues Public Challenge to Current Mars Hill Pastors To Release Information

Former Mars Hill Elder Jon Krombein today released a public statement on his Facebook page:Attention: Dave Bruskas, David Fairchild, Ed Choi, Tim Smith, Ryan Williams, Matthias Heusel, Aaron Gray, Bubba Jennings, AJ Hamilton, Matt Rogers, Jason Skelton, Scott Harris, and Seth Winterhalter You all know more than you are saying about Mark Driscoll's fitness for eldership, and the way that Mars Hill "cooked the books" with Result Source, MH Global, and Executive Elder pay. These things will n … [Read more...]

Vision Nationals: Another Part of Mars Hill Global Which May Lose Funding

Last week, I posted an update on Mars Hill Church's Ethiopian connection, New Covenant Foundation. Even though Mars Hill Church raised millions by featuring their work, church leaders still have not pledged to give some of the seed money from the church dissolution to these pastors.The other main international outreach was in India via Vision Nationals. Arjuna Chiguluri is the director of the mission and responded to my request for clarification of the current situation at Mars Hill. Let me … [Read more...]

David Barton Settles Defamation Claims Out of Court

Late last night,WorldNetDaily posted an article claiming that David Barton won a million-dollar defamation suit. More accurately, he settled out of court, but he did get the apology he wanted. To my knowledge, this was first reported by Donna Garner in October.Garner posted the entire apology: During our respective campaigns in 2010 for separate positions on the Texas State Board of Education, we published a video entitled: ”A True Tale From Texas,” that created a false impression about Dav … [Read more...]

More Facts About Buying Animals from World Vision’s Gift Catalog


Two weeks ago, I wrote about World Vision's gift catalog and their solicitation to purchase animals for needy families. Some readers were surprised to learn that a donation to buy a goat (or some other animal) does not of necessity lead to the purchase of a goat. Instead, World Vision's spokeswoman, Amy Parodi,* told me that the money goes into a fund which helps support agricultural or other community based assistance for needy families. That support may or may not include the purchase of some … [Read more...]

Luke Norsworthy’s Interview With Me: Lessons From Mars Hill Church

Just posted today is Luke Norsworthy's podcast interview with me on Lessons from Mars Hill Church.References in the podcast: Fundamental attribution error and Tears for Fears. … [Read more...]

Frustrated About the Mars Hill Global Fund? Help Ethiopian Pastors Directly Through New Covenant Foundation

Yesterday, Mars Hill Church posted a request for members to give money through the end of the year. The request raised the possibility that the eleven independent churches might not get off the ground if members didn't keep giving to Mars Hill. Without generous people like you continuing to give through the end of the year, many of these churches may not have the necessary funds to continue as new churches. As I said yesterday, I don't understand this threat. If the churches are so fragile … [Read more...]

Only Two Weeks Until the End, Mars Hill Church Still Wants Donations

Even though Mars Hill Church dissolves at the end of the year, someone in charge of the website is still seeking donations. It isn't clear just who is making decisions. Is it Dave Bruskas? He is telling Albuquerque that the new church will be marked by transparency. However, since nobody signed this communication, it is not clear who is asking for money.The initial paragraph doesn't seem reasonable. No explanation is given for why giving to Mars Hill and having that donation split eleven … [Read more...]