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...]

The Statement of Former Mars Hill Church Pastor Ryan Welsh

Ryan Welsh is one of the nine pastors who called on Mark Driscoll to submit to an elder directed restoration. He is also one of the pastors recently laid off. Today, he posted a brief statement on his public Facebook page which both expresses concern for the church and leaders while at the same time standing by the letter he signed and delivered on August 22. His statement: My time at Mars Hill Church has come to an end. I want to briefly explain my feelings and convictions regarding Mars Hill … [Read more...]

Will Mars Hill Church Heed Sutton Turner’s Advice?

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Yesterday, I posted a must read 2012 memo from Sutton Turner to his fellow executive elders. The memo described a serious financial crisis at the time with tentacles that have grown into a worse situation today. In the document, Turner provided suggestions, some of which he set in motion at the time. Note:In the second item above, Turner said he would revised the budget of each church for the rest of the fiscal year. He said, "This will cut back their staff spending and staff payroll." … [Read more...]

Texas Textbook Wars Enter New Phase

Now it gets serious. Textbooks written according to Texas' curriculum standards are slated to be evaluated in public hearings amid criticism from liberal groups, according to Politco's Stephanie Simon.According to Simon:Texas students may soon be reading in their history textbooks that the American system of democracy was inspired by Moses, segregated schools weren’t all that bad and taxes imposed for programs like Social Security haven’t measurably improved society. Those passages are a … [Read more...]

Sutton Turner in 2012 on Mars Hill Church’s Financial Situation: “We are in a big mess”

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It is my belief that the reason we have such poor giving by our Church is the lack of stewardship in the Church staff. Churches with excellent stewardship see greater giving because people know that every dollar they give will go towards the mission of the Church. It is very clear this has not been the case at Mars Hill Church.Sutton Turner On Monday, Mars Hill Church leaders told the congregation that the church is "now facing the most serious budget challenge in our history." However, … [Read more...]

Nine Mars Hill Church Elders Took a Bold Stand and Now Eight Are Gone

Add four more to the growing fraternity of ex-pastors after yesterday's layoffs at Mars Hill Church.According to reliable sources, Drew Hensley (University District), Ryan Welsh (Pastor of Theology and Leadership), Ryan Kearns (Director of Community Groups), and Cliff Ellis (Director of Biblical Living/Redemption Groups) were all let go yesterday.Three of these pastors were directors, meaning they were responsible for ministries across Mars Hill Church and not just at one campus. All … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Announces More Layoffs; Blames People For Lack of Giving (UPDATED)

Today, on the church website, Mars Hill Church leaders announced additional layoffs. On a page titled simply, "Financial Challenges," church leaders said: Two weeks ago we shared in The Weekly some of the financial challenges we are facing at Mars Hill Church. While our church has been financially healthy for many years, we are now facing the most serious budget challenge in our history. Church budgeting is really a simple process in one respect: we are able to provide the level of staff and m … [Read more...]

Seattle Times: First Mars Hill Will Close Churches, Then Layoff Staff

There is one cost cutting move I didn't see in this article. See if you can figure it out.On the eve of what will probably be a sad day at Mars Hill, the church revealed to the Seattle Times that layoffs are coming. According to the Times report, the church will cut between 30-40 staff on the heels of today's church closings.Justin Dean acknowledged that attendance is way down to between 8-9,000 per Sunday.  … [Read more...]


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