Mark Driscoll’s Citation Errors At A Glance

Since November 2013, Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll has been at the center of a controversy surrounding “citation errors” in his books. In addition to other bloggers (e.g. Janet Mefferd, Wenatchee the Hatchet), I have examined various claims and located several problems which involve multiple books and publishers.  Publishers Crossway, NavPress and Thomas Nelson have announced that they are in various stages of examining and/or correcting these problems.

Click the image below to go to an identical table with live links to my posts on the subject. Just click on the cells with letters in them to read the relevant post. Note the key below which explains the four types of problems found. Following the table is a listing of the books involved. I should note that this chart might need to be updated if new material surfaces.


R= Recycled Material (using material from a previous work without citation)

P= Plagiarism (as defined in the MLA Style Manual)

FE= Factual Error

G = Ghostwriting

Source material:

Allender, D. (2008). The wounded heart: Hope for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse. Carol Stream, IL:NavPress.

Chapman, G. (2003). Covenant marriage: Building communication & intimacy. Nashville: B & H Publishing.

David, D., & Brannon, R. (1976). The male sex role: Our culture’s blueprint of manhood, and what it’s done for us lately. In D.David & R. Brannon (Eds.),The forty nine percent majority. New York: Random House.

Hawthorne, G. F., Martin, R. P., Reid, D. R. (Eds.). (1993). Dictionary of Paul and his letters: A compendium of contemporary biblical scholarship. Wheaton, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Holcomb, J., & Holcomb, L. (2011). Rid of my disgrace: Hope and healing for victims of sexual assault. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Jones, P. (1999). Gospel truth/pagan lies: Can you tell the difference? Enumclaw, WA: Winepress Publishing.

Jones, P. (2010). One or two: Seeing a world of difference. Escondido, CA: Main Entry Editions.

Ryken, L. (1990). Worldly saints: The puritans as they really were. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Wenham, G., Motyer, J. A., Caron, D., France, R. T. (Eds.) (1994). New bible dictionary: 21st century edition. Wheaton, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Driscoll’s works:

Driscoll, M., & Chamberlain, M. (2013). Call to resurgence: Will Christianity have a funeral or a future? Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Driscoll, M. (2013). Who do you think you are? Finding your true identity in Christ. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

Driscoll, M., & Driscoll, G. (2012). Real marriage: The truth about sex, friendship, and life together. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

Driscoll, M., & Breshears, G. (2011). Doctrine: What Christians should believe. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Driscoll, M. (2009). Trial: 8 witnesses from 1 & 2 Peter. Seattle, WA: Mars Hill Church.

Driscoll, M. (2009). Religion saves: And nine other misconceptions. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Driscoll, M., & Breshears, G. (2008). Death by love: Letters from the cross. Wheaton, IL: Crossway.

Additional posts on the topic:

Would Mark Driscoll Fail A Course In His Own School?

Mark Driscoll And His Church On Plagiarism

Spokesperson: Thomas Nelson Working With Driscolls to Address Real Marriage Citation Issues

Publisher Thomas Nelson Alters Mark Driscoll’s Book Real Marriage To Correct Citation Problems

Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Controversy Rated #3 Plagiarism Scandal of 2013

Janet Mefferd Breaks Silence in Slate Article on Driscoll Controversy

Mars Hill Church, Mark Driscoll and the Case of the Disappearing Links

Mars Hill Church Alters Statement on Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Controversy (UPDATED)

IVP Says Bible Commentary Improperly Appeared In Book by Mark Driscoll; Mars Hill Church Responds, Blames Researcher Mistakes for Errors

Mark Driscoll and Tyndale House Release Statement of Apology to Christian Post

I want to thank Megan Hurst for her assistance in preparing the table.

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