Audio of Mark Driscoll’s Speech at Thrive 2015 Leadership Conference

The audio of Mark Driscoll's speech at the Thrive 2015 Leadership Conference is now available on You Tube. Listen:Wenatchee the Hatchet has commented on the irony of Driscoll's reference to the "struck shepherd."Driscoll identifies the conflict as being an 8 year conflict that recently went public. He must be referring to the 2007 firing of Petry and Meyers.See related posts on his speech there, audience reaction, and a former Mars Hill attender reaction to it.  … [Read more...]

Former Bayside Church and Mars Hill Church Attender Protests Mark Driscoll’s Return to the Stage at Thrive Leadership Conference

Van Rue once served at Bayside Church where Mark Driscoll returned to the stage yesterday at the Thrive 2015 Leadership Conference. Rue also attended Mars Hill Church when he moved to Seattle in 2004. Rue was one of many former Mars Hill Church members who was saddened by reports of Driscoll's speech at Thrive. He wrote this open letter to Bayside's pastor Ray Johnson and the conference organizers and sent it along to me.I have heard from numerous former Mars Hill members who feel betrayed … [Read more...]

Pastor James Miller on the Re-emergence of Mark Driscoll

Pastor James Miller was in attendance today when Mark Driscoll took the stage at the Thrive Leadership Conference. Miller gives a close account of what Driscoll said and then provides reactions. It seems to me that Miller makes some good sense.First, Miller says Driscoll spent some of his time talking about how hard 2014 was. Then he talked about how he had come to forgive those who struck the shepherd. According to Miller, Driscoll said God spoke to him. Referring to Driscoll, Miller … [Read more...]

Social Media React to Mark Driscoll’s Return to the Stage at Thrive 2015 Conference (VIDEO)

UPDATE: For video of the end of Driscoll's talk, scroll to the bottom. Here is an account from someone who was in attendance. So far, from the accounts I have seen, it appears that Driscoll focused on how he has forgiven those who he believes wronged him.Supporting my impression is this eyewitness account from Pastor James Miller................................... In the late morning in California, former Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll took the stage at the 2015 Thrive … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Speaks Today at California Leadership Conference

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Thrive Leadership Conference 2015 is hosted by Ray Johnson, pastor of Bayside Church in Granite Bay, CA.  Although not listed on the conference website, Mark Driscoll has been announced as a speaker tomorrow. He is slated to speak in a general session at 10am PT.Bayside Church hosted Driscoll's Real Marriage conference in 2014.Driscoll will be interviewed by Brian Houston at the summer Hillsong Conferences in London and Sydney. These appearances have been targeted by a petition drive … [Read more...]

Sutton Turner: Mars Hill Church’s Former Attorneys Want Blog Posts Removed

Late yesterday, Sutton Turner published a must-read blog post.When an article begins with "attorneys did not want me to post any more blogs and to remove" prior posts, it is a good indication that one should read the rest. Specifically, Turner wrote that the church's former attorney discouraged more communication and wanted him to remove previous posts. For the past several weeks, I have been planning to discuss the lessons I have learned from events and mistakes at Mars Hill Church on my … [Read more...]

Did Paul Tripp Meet with the Mars Hill Church Board of Advisors and Accountability?

For a full treatment of this question, please see Wenatchee the Hatchet's post on the subject.On Wednesday, Sutton Turner wrote: During my tenure, many people criticized the culture of Mars Hill and lack of accountability. The most stinging came from Dr. Paul Tripp who actually served on the Board of Advisors and Accountability for eight months when past mistakes and sins began to crater in on Mars Hill. Few people know that Dr. Tripp never physically attended a board meeting during that … [Read more...]

Sutton Turner and Mark Driscoll on the Impact of Mars Hill Global on World Missions

In a meeting at Mars Hill Shoreline which, according to my source, occurred sometime between April and June of 2012, Sutton Turner and Mark Driscoll responded to a question about what impact Mars Hill Church desired to have in "world missions." Driscoll directed the question to Turner who described what the church was doing in Mars Hill Global. Listen:Transcript: We've got some really exciting opportunities that we're launching and I don't know if you watch the blogs but Mars Hill … [Read more...]


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