New York Times on Christian News, World, and This Blog

Mark Oppenheimer in the New York Times writes about World Magazine's news reporting on Mark Driscoll. I appreciate Oppenheimer's mention of this blog as well. Of course, there are other outlets which provided coverage of the Mars Hill story (e.g., Wenatchee the Hatchet, Religion News Service, CT, CP, etc.). With some help, I am working on a timeline which should bring together the events and important stories of the past year.The article was online last night and is in today's print … [Read more...]

Megachurch Methods: Preaching for Profit

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Many people have commented on the memo from Sutton Turner recommending a $650k salary for Mark Driscoll in 2013. However, beyond the extravagance of the salary, something else caught my eye:In this memo, Sutton Turner pulled back the curtain to a megachurch universe few of us will ever know. In doing so, he disclosed something of the ministry practices of Board Members of the Association of Related Churches. Apparently being a lead pastor at a megachurch is a platform for celebrity … [Read more...]

Former Mars Hill Church Pastors Announce the Formation of Redemption Church in Seattle

Ryan Kearns and Drew Hensley, two of the nine pastors who called on Mark Driscoll to enter a elder supervised restoration plan, are starting a new church in Seattle. Earlier today, Kearned tweeted an announcement of the formation of Redemption Church. A New Church Family Forming In North SeattleOur hope for Redemption Church is that we would be a tangible place where people see the grace of God lived out in the life of his people. That as we make disciples and love each other, our city … [Read more...]

Amid the Mars Hill Church Controversies, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Goes Quiet, Purges Website

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I don't understand the approach of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability to the controversies surrounding Mars Hill Church.Two petitions signed by hundreds have called on the ECFA to address financial accountability at Mars Hill Church. Numerous people, including many former and current Mars Hill members and donors, have written the ECFA asking for answers regarding Mars Hill's Global Fund. I have written several emails requesting on the record comments about Mars Hill. … [Read more...]

Houston City Attorneys Subpoena Ministers’ Sermons and Almost Everything Else

Houston, you have a problem.Houston city attorneys have subpoenaed everything but the air surrounding several ministers in the Houston area over an effort of those ministers to overturn Houston's equal rights ordinance. The Houston Chronicle reports that city attorneys served subpoenas to opponents of Houston's equal rights ordinance (HERO) asking for sermons, and other communications which reference HERO, the mayor, and a host of other related topics. A full list is contained in this … [Read more...]

Capital Gazette (MD) Columnist: Michael Peroutka is Not a Republican

Mike Collins, columnist for the Capital Gazette, has a helpful summary of Michael Peroutka's statements which build to the conclusion that Peroutka can be called many things, but Republican is not one of them. Peroutka is running for a seat on Anne Arundel County Council, founded the theocratic Institute on the Constitution and is a member of the Southern secession group League of the South.In an odd twist, I suppose you could call him a RINO.Collins exhorts his fellow Republicans to … [Read more...]

Ken Ham Headlines Institute on the Constitution Conference

Founder of the young Earth Creation Museum Ken Ham accepted the donation of a dinosaur from Michael Peroutka's foundation in May 2014. Now Ham is going to headline an event with Peroutka and David Whitney and put on by Peroutka's Institute on the Constitution.Peroutka is a member and former board member of the League of the South; Whitney is the chaplain of the Virginia/MD chapter of the League. The League of the South advocates for the Southern states to secede to form a homeland for whites … [Read more...]

Briefs and Updates: Uganda, Scott Lively, Mars Hill Church, IOTC and Steven Sotloff

I am not surprised that Uganda's Parliament will again debate an Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The world famous bill passed Parliament late last year and was signed by President Museveni earlier this year only to be thrown out by a Ugandan court due to a procedural problem during passage.Scott Lively says he'll drop out of the MA governor's race if his tea party opponent wins the GOP nomination. Reaction from the rest of MA? Crickets.In light of Mark Driscoll's 6 week break, September's … [Read more...]


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