The Village Church Apologized and Karen Hinkley Accepted and Forgave

So says Wartburg Watch.You'll remember this story once you start reading. You can get a summary in this prior post. Matt Chandler publicly called for people who had been hurt by TVC's ideas about church discipline or in other ways to come to the leaders to reconcile.Current statements from TVC and Karen Hinkley are at WW. Karen Hinkley says it is over for her.TVC also referred Jordan Root to a specialist. As noted in a prior post, I endorse that move.Now see Mars Hill executive … [Read more...]

Part Two of Sutton Turner’s Thoughts on Forgiveness

Today, former Mars Hill Church executive pastor Sutton Turner extends his Mars Hill reflections in part two of his series on repentance and forgiveness.I appreciate Turner's efforts here. These are not brief posts, but rather indicate that he has thought about these matters. He seems to want to make amends in a public sense with his detractors, not by criticizing them but by acknowledging his mistakes. For instance, he tweeted:I used justification of my actions & lack of time not … [Read more...]

Sutton Turner Confesses Some Mars Hill Sins

One of the last three executive elders to serve at Mars Hill Church, Sutton Turner has taken a different route in his public reflection about his experience at Mars Hill than the soft-spoken Dave Bruskas and the main event Mark Driscoll. Bruskas spoke to his Albuquerque church in a closed meeting (here, here, and here) and to my knowledge has not blogged or addressed the media since he left Mars Hill. Driscoll on the other hand has remained aloof from social media, isn't doing interviews but has … [Read more...]

Australian News Report: Hillsong Pastor Brian Houston to Review Decision to Host Mark Driscoll

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Brian Houston told an Australian television station that he would review the decision to host Mark Driscoll later this month at the Hillsong Conference in Sydney. It is Sunday morning in Sydney and Houston said he would talk to Driscoll later on Sunday to determine the next move.From the Sunrise television show:"We didn't know. We invited him before this major controversy started." - Hillsong pastor Brian Houston on inviting Mark … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Wants You to Tune In This Sunday

Mark Driscoll's last two appearances in church were stealth sermons. At Thrive, he spoke in a main session but wasn't on the program. Gold Creek Community Church leaders would not disclose Driscoll's identity as guest speaker in advance. However, he appears to want an audience tomorrow. From Driscoll's website:Pastor Mark Live-Streaming from James River Church This Sunday, June 7th 2015, Pastor Mark will be preaching live at James River Church near Springfield, MO. He will be preaching the 9 … [Read more...]

Hillsong’s Brian Houston On His Desire to Interview Mark Driscoll: Did He Really Say Those Things?

Not sure how long the statement has been there (update: apparently it was posted today) but it is dated June, 2015 and is revealing. Hillsong's pastor Brian Houston reveals he doesn't know Mark Driscoll very well but wants to ask him some questions in this high profile interview. Building on his earlier statement made to this blog, Houston said today: Personal statement from Pastor Brian Houston - Re: Mark Driscoll June 2015Let me be clear about one thing. Mark Driscoll and I stand poles … [Read more...]

Matt Chandler Expresses Remorse and Asks Forgiveness in Sunday Sermon


Today, amid the storm of controversy over the church's handling of Jordan Root and Karen Hinkley, Matt Chandler expressed remorse over the church elders' general approach to church discipline. I wrote about this matter in a prior post.Video of the sermon is on the church website and Vimeo below.  Chandler spent much of the message talking about handling conflict between believers. He said (at 24 minutes and following) the matter of church discipline is serious … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Dissolving “Soon”

Mars Hill Fellowship's (the corporate name of the enterprise that was Mars Hill Church) president Kerry Dodd is looking for work. According to his Linked In page, Mars Hill Fellowship as an entity will dissolve "soon." The end is near enough that he says he is "starting the search for his next endeavor where he can excel and make a difference."  He describes his old difference making endeavor as: A $30M, community-focused organization with 15 locations in five states, focused on enriching lives … [Read more...]