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


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...]

Robert Morris: The Yellow One’s the Sun

Preachers, think twice before you use other people as illustrations.Easter Sunday at Gateway Church Robert Morris preached about Jesus as the Son of God (link to the sermon on the Gateway site). He speculated about Jesus and the Father playing catch with the stars and Jesus creating the Earth as his school science project. Apparently Morris delivered the sermon to more than one crowd because the sermon on the website does not appear to be edited. However, in another delivery, Morris added a … [Read more...]

Gary Scott Smith on Religion in the Oval Office


My Grove City College colleague Gary Scott Smith is featured talking about his new book on American presidents and religion in a podcast on conservative website Ricochet. Click the image to listen to the interview. Gary is chair of the history department at GCC and an immense help to me in understanding how historians operate. He has reviewed and offered helpful suggestions for many of my blog posts debunking David Barton.You can read an interview with Gary about the book at … [Read more...]

Thomas Kidd on Why the Southern Baptists Canceled Ben Carson’s Speech

Recently, the Southern Baptist Convention canceled Ben Carson's appearance at a SBC pastor's conference. A group within the convention, Baptist21, had objected and won the day. Baylor history professor Thomas Kidd had this to say in Monday's edition (4/27/15) of the Washington Post: This was a welcome outcome to what had the potential to be a serious snafu for the SBC. Whatever the organizers’ intentions, Baptist21 has this exactly right – hosting any political candidate carries a tacit imp … [Read more...]

David Barton Hosts Kent Hovind on Wallbuilders Live

Today, David Barton's Wallbuilders Live broadcast their interview with Kent Hovind.There is a vigorous group of folks who have taken positions on Hovind's crimes and I will be interested to read their comments about the interview.Barton began by saying that people who do what Hovind did spend an average of 18 months in prison, if they spend any time there at all. Barton and Green think the length of his sentence is a red flag.Hovind said he didn't know any better, and he said the … [Read more...]

Is There a Controlling Leadership Culture at Gospel for Asia?

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The day before yesterday, I published correspondence between Gospel for Asia leaders and a group of nearly 80 former Gospel for Asia staffers. The former staffers have accused Gospel for Asia leaders of five major problems. From GFA's perspective, a board investigation turned up no wrongdoing according the GFA COO David Carroll. The five charges are: 1. GFA leadership practices and teaches a false view of spiritual authority.2. GFA leadership prioritizes ministry over family, and teaches the … [Read more...]