Seattle Weekly on The Reckoning of Mars Hill Church

Nina Shapiro, writing for Seattle Weekly, has penned an intriguing article filled with interviews of former Mars Hill members.  Shapiro was invited to a Wednesday night meeting where many ex-Mars Hill members and attenders gather to find community.Here is a taste:For those here tonight, the downfall has been long coming. Many left years ago, some voluntarily, others after being ousted. And yet the scars seem fresh, the effect lasting. “Some of us were abused and ostracized,” Thoen cont … [Read more...]

Lots of Similar Retweets on the Mars Hill Letter to the Editor

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A letter to the editor was published in the Seattle Times in defense of Mars Hill today. My point now is not to discuss or debate the contents of the letter; regular readers should be able to see the factual problems. I am glad the Times prints letter with a variety of opinions. Discuss it if you want in the comments.What seems odd is what was happening on Twitter with the link. Many of the accounts don't appear to be legit or at least they seem suspicious. Note the repetitive nature of them … [Read more...]

Rob Asghar at Forbes on Mars Hill Church: The Enron of American Churches

Forbes' contributor Rob Asghar takes no prisoners in his articles today on Mars Hill Church.The first titled, "Mars Hill: Cautionary Tales From The Enron Of American Churches" analyzes the situation from the perspective of toxic leadership, and the second titled, "How Toxic Followers Enable Toxic Leaders" takes a hard look at the precursors to the recent decline at Mars Hill Church and wonders why so many missed the signs.While hindsight has a distinct advantage over prophecy, Asghar … [Read more...]

Spoonman – Soundgarden

One of the best rock songs ever to my ears.Speak the rhythm on your ownSpeak the rhythm all alone, Spoonman … [Read more...]

James MacDonald Regrets Wrongful Discipline of Harvest Bible Chapel Elders

Perhaps James MacDonald can do more good for Mars Hill Church off the Board of Advisors and Accountability than he did for the church while on it.This is an extraordinary account of repentance and apparently reconciliation at Harvest Bible Chapel reported in Christianity Today late yesterday. CT's article begins:On Sunday, prominent pastor James MacDonald told his 13,000-member Harvest Bible Chapel congregation that he and his elder board were wrong for how they publicly disciplined … [Read more...]

Gofundme Account Set Up for Former Mars Hill Church Pastors Ryan Kearns and Ryan Welsh

A GoFundMe account has been set up for former Mars Hill Church pastors, Ryan Kearns and Ryan Welsh.  They were laid off in the recent round of layoffs at Mars Hill and they both signed the infamous letter directing Mark Driscoll to step down and enter an elder directed restoration plan. According to the GoFundMe page: Pastor Ryan Kearns and Pastor Ryan Welsh were both laid off from Mars Hill Church on Monday, September 8th and only given one month's severance. Both men were amongst the nine … [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...]

Has Mark Driscoll’s Verdict Already Been Decided?

A key to broad acceptance of whatever decision is made regarding charges against Mark Driscoll by the Mars Hill Board of Advisors and Accountability is the perception that the BOAA is objective. In light of remarks by BOAA chair Matt Rogers and reported in the Seattle Times yesterday, some former Mars Hill leaders are questioning the BOAA's objectivity. Rogers told the Seattle Times:“The hard part is that some of what’s out there is true, and he’s owned it and apologized for it and is trying … [Read more...]


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