Based on Mark Driscoll’s Missing Video, Christianity Today Asks Theologians “Did Jesus Make Mistakes?”

Beyond the implausible explanation from Mars Hill Church leaders about why the Mark Driscoll's sermon was edited, Christianity Today wanted to know what some theologians thought about the accuracy of the missing material.  So CT's Kevin Emmert asked for opinions and reported six. Emmert started with a theologian who largely agreed with Driscoll's missing six minutes and ended with someone who did not. Since he started at one end, I'll get you started at the other: "We can distinguish … [Read more...]

Things I Learned Reading the Christianity Today Article on the Acts 29 (We’re Not Mark Driscoll Anymore) Network

Christianity Today's Joe Maxwell posted an extended interview today with Matt Chandler, leader of Acts 29 Network.  I learned a few things while reading it, and recommend you read it too.1. Acts 29 apparently does not want to be viewed as an extension of Mars Hill and Mark Driscoll - Former Mars Hill elder Tyler Powell told CT: "Here, we're our own entity," says Powell, North American assessment director. "We're not planting mini–Mars Hills or mini–Mark Driscolls. We're centrally located but … [Read more...]

John Piper Calls Out Famous Guys (Like Mark Driscoll) On Ghostwriting

It is getting serious up in here.Last night on Twitter, John Piper posted a series of tweets apparently in response to an op-ed by Andy Crouch at Christianity Today on the Mark Driscoll plagiarism (now ghostwriting) controversy.  Crouch's op-ed builds to this crescendo: The real danger here is not plagiarism—it is idolatry. I think both are a problem and as it turns out another related problem appears to be ghostwriting.Piper doesn't think highly of taking credit for the work of ot … [Read more...]

IVP Says Bible Commentary Improperly Appeared In Book by Mark Driscoll; Mars Hill Church Responds, Blames Researcher Mistakes for Errors

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On the church website (click Downloads), Mars Hill Church has responded to the controversy over plagiarism. In a statement about the book Trial: 8 Witnesses From 1 & 2 Peter, Mars Hill blames researcher mistakes: In 2009, Pastor Mark preached through 1 & 2 Peter in a sermon series called Trial. To help our small groups, a team of people including a research assistant, put together a free study guide that was produced in-house and was never sold. About 5 years later it was brought to our … [Read more...]

Kirk Cameron’s Monumental Revision of Thomas Jefferson

Kirk Cameron is giving some in the media advanced looks at Monumental (which premieres tonight), including Christianity Today. In a follow up interview, Cameron extends his revision of Thomas Jefferson to a discussion of Jefferson's faith and the Jefferson Bible.Interviewer Andrew Thompson gets credit for asking a couple of hard questions about Jefferson's faith. Cameron dodges them with historical fiction. Thompson asked:The documentary mentions that the founding fathers were Christians, … [Read more...]

Timothy Shah's Ugandan conspiracy

I am posting on Timothy Shah's Christianity Today article about Uganda as I have time. Rather than posting one long response, my schedule has been friendly to shorter efforts.In this one, I want to point out that Mr. Shah makes some assessments of David Bahati that are not based on contact or interview with Mr. Bahati. Shah writes:Some American groups have thus made a crusade of opposing the anti-gay bill in Uganda largely because of the mistaken belief that American evangelical groups … [Read more...]

Christianity Today's website contradicts Timothy Shah's CT conspiracy article

Since October, 2009, there have been a number of flawed articles about Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill, but none more flawed than the one currently up on the website of Christianity Today, by Timothy Shah. I have written here and here to demonstrate just a few of the problems, but I want to address some of them again with more information.First, in reference again to this Shah authored statement:But the legislation has received widespread attention not primarily because of its draconian … [Read more...]

Has Uganda’s antigay bill been stopped by Ugandan opposition?

In this post, I want to unpack a bit more the claims of Timothy Shah made in a Christianity Today op-ed posted yesterday (Go to the first reaction here). Overall, I think it was a mistake for Christianity Today to publish an article making so many factual claims without sourcing or evidence. I have been following this story since March, 2009 and do not recognize the narrative advanced by Shah.In this post, I want to address this paragraph:But the legislation has received widespread … [Read more...]


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