Mars Hill Church Demonstration Tells Leaders We Are Not Anonymous

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I spoke earlier this afternoon with Rob Smith who told me that 100-125 people participated in the demonstration* outside of Mars Hill Bellevue this morning.  According to Smith, the church sent out coffee and donuts but otherwise did not engage with the demonstrators formally   and a woman offered the demonstrators welcome packets. After Mark Driscoll told the congregation that people expressing concerns about Mars Hill were doing so anonymously, the participants wanted to correct that i … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Issues Apology for Pussified Nation Comments; Is This Just the Beginning?

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Late yesterday, Christianity Today was provided a copy of the apology Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll issued about his comments as William Wallace II on the Mars Hill Church discussion group Midrash in 2000. I have the entire apology in full from an email sent to members:This is a good start. However, I think this apology and Christianity Today go a bit beyond what Driscoll does in his Confessions book.  From the CT article:In his 2006 book, Confessions of a Reformission Rev, D … [Read more...]

James MacDonald Resigns from Mars Hill Board; Update on Paul Tripp’s Resignation

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As has been widely discussed on social media, Mars Hill Church announced in the weekly email to their congregation that James MacDonald, pastor of Harvest Bible Fellowship, resigned from the Board of Advisors and Accountability. The BOAA is Mars Hill Church's governing board and is made of the executive elders (Mark Driscoll, Sutton Turner, Dave Bruskas) and four men who are not members of Mars Hill (now just two -- Larry Osborne and Michael Van Skaik). The email message also provided a … [Read more...]

A Prediction: Somebody in Seattle Will Say Something Before Sunday

I don't often do this but I am going to predict that someone at Mars Hill Church will issue an apology or some kind of statement before the scheduled Mars Hill Church protest on Sunday. I know I could be wrong but I have seen a pattern where the church puts out statements on Friday. In some circles, this is seen as a way to have the last word on a story or to avoid excessive coverage since Friday is often a time of low media interest.Several matters have garnered national media attention … [Read more...]

Uganda’s Constitutional Court Strikes Down Anti-Homosexuality Bill

So says Reuters...Amnesty International has more.Spokeswoman for Parliament Helen Kawesa said, "Parliament will wait to receive the judgment in  its entirety and pronounce itself on the way forward."For all prior coverage on Uganda's efforts to enact the draconian law, click the link. … [Read more...]

Former Colleague Provides Evidence Mark Driscoll Plagiarized Material in Two Books

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In 2004, Zondervan published The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out Without Selling Out by Mark Driscoll. In 2006, they published Driscoll's Confessions of a Reformission Rev: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church. In these books, among other things, Driscoll addressed the relationships between the Gospel, the church, and culture. In The Radical Reformission, he borrowed a graphic from a book edited by George Hunsberger which indicates a reciprocal relationship between the three … [Read more...]

On Michael Peroutka’s Incorrect Charge that a Video of His Speech to the League of the South Was Changed

Video of Anne Arundel County Council candidate Michael Peroutka's press conference yesterday is now available. The entire conference follows the excerpt I want to present first. In the presser, Peroutka was asked if his endorsement of Southern secession and singing of Dixie as the national anthem was a mistake. He responded by saying that I altered the video to suit my political objectives. Au contraire, Mr. Peroutka, you do not speak truly.First here is Peroutka's claim:You can go … [Read more...]

Steve Deace on the Mark Driscoll Controversies: Ingroup Bias Illustrated

Steve Deace is a right wing, religiously conservative radio show host in Iowa. He appears to have a sizable tea party following and weekly gives League of the South member and Anne Arundel County Council candidate Michael Peroutka a platform on his broadcast. Yesterday on his Facebook page, he discussed recent controversies surrounding Mark Driscoll, but ranted more about Rachel Held Evans (calling her "Rob Bell in drag") and me than he did about Driscoll. He seems upset that Evans and I have … [Read more...]


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