Hillsong Spokesman Responds to Petition Asking for Mark Driscoll’s Removal from London Conference

With nearly 700 signers, Natalie Collins' petition asking Hillsong to remove Mark Driscoll from the schedule of Hillsong's London conference has taken off. However, Hillsong does not appear to be swayed by the action. In response to my request for comment about the petition, Hillsong spokesman Mark DeMoss replied: Hillsong is aware of the petition. The whole point of keeping Mark (and Grace) Driscoll on the conference program is so Brian Houston can interview them about events of the past … [Read more...]

Petitioners Ask Hillsong to Reconsider Mark Driscoll Interview

Back in March, Brian Houston released a statement to me saying that Mark Driscoll would not speak at the Hillsong Conferences in London and Sydney but instead would be interviewed with his wife. While that move represents a diminished role at the conferences, the change is not good enough for UK resident Natalie Collins. She has started a petition asking Hillsong to remove Driscoll from the program.The petition begins:This is both disappointing and of great concern to many across the UK … [Read more...]

Update on the Lawsuit Against Mars Hill Church

Just a little while ago, an update appeared on the GoFundMe page designed to raise money for a lawsuit against Mars Hill Church. This campaign has ended. You can still help by clicking on the following link:http://www.gofundme.com/MarsHillLawsuitThanks to all who participated.Rob Smith The new page begins: It is time for Christians everywhere to stand up and say, "Enough!! We will no longer put up with pastors who reach for honor for themselves and who enrich themselves at the expense and ha … [Read more...]

The Mars Hill Church Mailing List Was Being Distributed By…John Doe?

Not really, but that was the name given to register Churchleaderslist.com. You'll remember that churchleaderslist.com was the website used to offer Mars Hill Church's The Resurgence mailing list to the public. Churchleaderslist.com was pulled from the web and from twitter after it was learned that the list still belonged to Mars Hill Church. Craig Gross who purchased and used the list told Christianity Today that former Mars Hill Church spokesperson Justin Dean had sold him the list and then … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll’s Website Gets a Makeover; Learning for Living Becomes Mark Driscoll Ministries

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UPDATE: See the update below...The comeback appears to be percolating.Mark Driscoll's "admin" sent out an email today with news of a revamped website and a new "application-pending registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization" -- Mark Driscoll Ministries. Mark Driscoll Ministries has the same address as Living for Learning, the other "application-pending registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization" described on the former version of his website. The new Mark Driscoll Ministries has the same … [Read more...]

Who Runs Mars Hill Church? An Update

When Mars Hill Church closed the doors for the last service, the corporation Mars Hill Church did not cease. However, it has never been clear who remained in charge of the organization on a day to day basis. By by-law, the church's Board of Advisors and Accountability has the power to create a plan of dissolution but the church has not disclosed who remained on that board. While I don't know all involved in that capacity, I do know now who is the president of the church. Also, one person often … [Read more...]

How Did Church Leaders List Get Mars Hill Church’s Email List?

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Initially, the story of Craig Gross buying an email list from Church Leaders List seemed like a marketing story gone sideways. However, there appears to be much more to the matter.At the end of Christianity Today's article on this, Bob Smietana wrote: On Tuesday, Dean apologized for his part in the drama over the list. He admitted that he’d been involved the initial sale of the list to churchleaderlist.com (screen cap of page now removed from the web). Now Justin Dean's website is down (an … [Read more...]

UK Evangelical Blog Calls for Forgiveness for Mark Driscoll

Sunday, Threads, a young looking UK evangelical blog, posted a call from Alex Willmott for people everywhere to forgive Mark Driscoll.Mr. Willmott wants forgiveness for something he did so he naturally thought of Mark Driscoll. Or something like that.It is pretty funny actually. To wit: Time to make some enemies now. Mark Driscoll. He brought the Bible to life for millions of people. He said some really important things. He then said some really stupid things. He caused a lot of hurt. … [Read more...]


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