Sutton Turner’s Last Day at Mars Hill Church


If the Board of Advisors and Accountability announcement is accurate, today is Sutton Turner's last day at Mars Hill Church. On September 19, the BOAA told the church: Earlier this month Pastor Sutton Turner informed our board of his intention to resign from his current staff and elder position. His personal decision is a sober acknowledgement that it would not be financially feasible for him to stay on staff as the church rightsizes itself, and secondly, not emotionally prudent to subject his … [Read more...]

Conference on Faith and History: Taking It To The Streets: Engaging Bad History In Public

I just returned from the Conference on Faith and History which was held at Pepperdine University from September 24-28. On Saturday, I presented a paper as part of a panel titled, Professors, Prisoners, and the Polls: Engaging the Past in the Public Square. The session was chaired by Dwight Brautigam, Huntington University. Other papers given were: "In God We Trust": Teaching Faith In and Through the U.S. Capitol, by Fred Beuttler, Carroll University and former Deputy Historian for the U.S. House … [Read more...]

Collective Soul – Shine

One of Collective Soul's best songs. Huge sound with mysterious lyrics most can relate to.Give me a wordGive me a signShow me where to lookTell me what will I findLay me on the groundFly me in the skyShow me where to lookTell me what will I findOh, heaven let your light shine down  … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Financial Update August 2014 – “The Most Trying Circumstances in Our Church’s History”


The following August 2014 financial update was sent to members of the Mars Hill Church in Albuquerque, NM. Discussion to follow:This particular letter is specific to the Albuquerque church but gives information about the church as a whole. August giving was under budget: During the month of August, we received $1,552, 817 and expenses were $2,222,274, so our net over expenses (loss) after depreciation and capitalizing assets was ($647,768). Our income target was $1,842,414 and we missed … [Read more...]

Justin Dean Clarifies His Statement About Growth at Mars Hill Ballard

I posted last week a statement Mars Hill Church spokesman Justin Dean made to the Ballard News-Tribune about Mars Hill Ballard. He told the paper that the church was growing and I wondered how that could be based on reports from those who attend there. Some of those comments were posted at the Ballard News-Tribune. Go read those at this link. Now in an update to the article, Dean explains:Dean contacted the BNT today to clarify what he meant in his statement he emailed to the BNT on … [Read more...]

The Christian Right and the Search for a Usable Past

The final session I attended at the Conference on Faith and History was titled "The Christian Right and the Search for a Usable Past." Gregg Frazer, Professor of History at The Master’s College chaired the session and provided closing comments.Three papers were presented:1. "Fallen Walls and Open Doors: An Analysis of David Barton as a Christian Historian," by Matt McCook, Professor at Oklahoma Christian University.In my view, McCook started out on thin ice by referring to Barton as a … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz Wins Values Voter Straw Poll

Ted Cruz has won the 2014 Values Voters Presidential Straw Poll.Cruz is attractive to religious right culture warriors who make up the Values Voter campaigners but, in my opinion, he is unlikely to resonate with the GOP mainstream or independents.  To illustrate, Cruz had this to say about David Barton in 2013: David’s historical research has helped millions rediscover the founding principles of our nation and the incredible sacrifices that men and women of faith made to bequeath to us the f … [Read more...]

Switchfoot – When We Come Alive

Jon Foreman sounds as good as ever on Switchfoot's new anthem, When We Come Alive.We light the skyWhen we igniteWhen we come alive … [Read more...]