New York Times on Christian News, World, and This Blog

Mark Oppenheimer in the New York Times writes about World Magazine's news reporting on Mark Driscoll. I appreciate Oppenheimer's mention of this blog as well. Of course, there are other outlets which provided coverage of the Mars Hill story (e.g., Wenatchee the Hatchet, Religion News Service, CT, CP, etc.). With some help, I am working on a timeline which should bring together the events and important stories of the past year.The article was online last night and is in today's print … [Read more...]

Unanswered Questions at Mars Hill Church

Barring intervention, we now know that the trajectory of Mars Hill Church is toward dissolution.However, several questions from members and former members persist without answers. Even in the increased communication from Dave Bruskas and lead pastors, some business is unfinished. I will list them here and hope the church will eventually address them.Global FundHow much was collected into the Global Fund from 2012 to 2014 and how much did Mars Hill Church leaders spend on Ethiopian … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Fallout: Corban University Looking for New Location to Provide Education in Seattle

With the closing of Mars Hill Church, the partnership between the church and Corban University will also cease on December 31, 2014. After Mark Driscoll resigned on October 15, the school communicated to various stakeholders that the school would continue to provide education for the 18 students enrolled. Even with the closing of the church, the school intends to find a way to provide the courses scheduled. The school is actively searching for another location which would allow the students to … [Read more...]

Two Mars Hill Universes: Repentant Pastor and the Christian Post

Over at the Repentant Pastor website yesterday, 18 former Mars Hill elders posted a letter of confession to Paul Petry and Bent Meyer. In the letter, the pastors confessed being complicit with an authoritarian structure which wronged Meyer and Petry for raising valid concerns. They wrote: We now believe our decisions were invalid and wrong. The entire investigation and trial process was skewed by the implication that your termination was above reproach and for just cause. If there had been sin … [Read more...]

Open Letter to Gateway Pastor Robert Morris From a Former Member of Mars Hill Church

I have a few comments at the end......................................................Dear Robert Morris, Senior Pastor at Gateway Church in Dallas,I believe you owe the folks who have ever loved Mars Hill Church an apology.  Or two.I watched a Youtube clip of the Gateway Conference in Dallas from a couple weeks ago where you made a little speech about how we ought to think about and behave towards Mark Driscoll.  That clip is here.Robert, I would give you a pass if you were a … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll’s Reports to the Woodway, WA Police

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When Mark Driscoll appeared at Robert Morris' Gateway Conference on October 20, he told some stories involving harassment of his family. Specifically, he said that rocks had been thrown into his backyard one morning after he and his kids had spent the night in a tent. Then talked about a helicopter flying over head a few days later. Driscoll begins speaking about these matters at 3:20 into the clip.At least one journalist, Dori Monson, initially reported that city officials of Driscoll's … [Read more...]

Current Mars Hill Pastor Says Investigation Findings Showed Mark Driscoll Not Qualified as Elder

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In an ongoing conversation on a previous post, current Mars Hill pastor Steve Tompkins, indicated that based on the Board of Elders' investigation, Mark Driscoll is not currently qualified for the office of elder. Speaking to former elder Zack Hubert, Tompkins commented on the findings of the Board of Elders report of their investigation into formal charges by 21 former elders and other private witnesses.To my knowledge, Tompkins is the first current elder who has … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Gets Prophetic Word at Gateway Conference

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At the Gateway Conference this past week, Mark Driscoll took the stage for the first time since he left Mars Hill Church. There he proclaimed that he was looking for some "wise counsel" even as he had avoided the wise counsel of his Mars Hill Church elders.Another highlight of the conference was a prophetic word from Jimmy Evans about Driscoll. According to a tweet from conference attendee Ashley Greenwood, Evans proclaimed that Driscoll's best days are ahead of him: Wow, psjimmyevans … [Read more...]


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