Mark Driscoll Gets Prophetic Word at Gateway Conference

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At the Gateway Conference this past week, Mark Driscoll took the stage for the first time since he left Mars Hill Church. There he proclaimed that he was looking for some "wise counsel" even as he had avoided the wise counsel of his Mars Hill Church elders.Another highlight of the conference was a prophetic word from Jimmy Evans about Driscoll. According to a tweet from conference attendee Ashley Greenwood, Evans proclaimed that Driscoll's best days are ahead of him: Wow, psjimmyevans … [Read more...]

Beginning Again at Mars Hill Church?

David Fairchild is lead pastor at the West Seattle location of Mars Hill Church. He posted a note to his congregation that somebody who is in charge of the website thought should be read by the rest of the Mars Hill community. While I am not interested in criticizing for the sake of being critical, I must confess that after the hopeful feedback from members yesterday, this communication seemed more like old school than change.You can read it and draw your own conclusions. However, I surely … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church: Where Does the Buck Stop?

Rumors of change at Mars Hill Church are blowing in the Seattle wind.Since many of the pastors who called for change when Mark Driscoll was lead pastor have departed either through lay off or via resignation (see also this list*), it remains to be seen who will lead the charge for reform. For change to come, pastors who once defended the party line will now have to contradict their previous publicly held position. Social psychological research suggests that contradicting a previously held … [Read more...]

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...]


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