#GivingTuesday: Donor Illusions

Although dated, I have found this 2009 article on donor illusions to be helpful.  The article was published on the blog of the Give Well organization, a donor support group. Give Well publishes a recommended charity list each year. Here is 2016's list.The Give Well description of donor illusions focuses on international charities but illusions can be found in domestic charities as well (e.g., today's post on coats for pledges at K-LOVE). As a result, international charities tend to create … [Read more...]

Note to Mark Driscoll: Racism Doesn’t Evolve from Evolution

See updates at the end...Although he doesn't believe in Malthusian eugenics now, Mark Driscoll told his The Trinity Church audience on Sunday that he once did. Watch:Transcript: Some would say, Pastor Mark, I disagree with you. Let me speak to you very personally. You're wrong. You're wrong. Now I know you're not supposed to say it like that, but if you don't say it like that, people are confused, so let me make it clear.I started in a home, my parents were um, Irish Catholic, … [Read more...]

RICO Suit Dismissed Without Prejudice; Sutton Turner Reveals Mars Hill Church Global Fund Figures

The RICO lawsuit against Mars Hill Church was dismissed without prejudice.  The plaintiffs have not lost their rights to sue again. From the order (read it here): The court finds that Plaintiffs have not acted in bad faith, recklessly, or with an improper purpose. Accordingly, in light of the court’s duty to carefully exercise its inherent powers, the court declines to impose the drastic sanctions Defendants seek. See Hearns, 530 F.3d at 1132 (noting drastic nature of sanction of dismissal with … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Launches The Trinity Church (VIDEO)

Our roving reporter Deana Holmes tells me that 162 cars were in the parking lot for today's launch of The Trinity Church in Scottsdale AZ (170 for the second service). Security was on hand along with a television crew from Seattle's King 5 (Scroll to the bottom for the video segment).  Apparently, they still remember the former Mars Hill Church pastor.The worship team was provided courtesy of Amarillo, TX church Trinity Fellowship. Kind of a theme.Driscoll was pastor of Mars Hill Church … [Read more...]

Plaintiffs Respond to Mark Driscoll’s and Sutton Turner’s Motions to Dismiss the RICO Suit: Not Enough Funds to Continue

Today, attorney Brian Fahling filed responses to the motions to dismiss the RICO lawsuit accusing Mark Driscoll and Sutton Turner of misuse of funds in their positions as pastors at the now defunct Mars Hill Church in Seattle.Bottom line: Because sufficient funds have not been raised to pursue the case, the suit was not served to Driscoll and Turner. Thus the plaintiffs do not object to dismissal without prejudice (the case could be tried later). Turner had requested the suit be dismissed … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll’s The Trinity Church Buys a Million Dollar Mid-Century Modern Home

If Driscoll and Co. paid the building's appraised value, they are one rich start up church.Here's the purchase announcement:Hey everyone! I have a really exciting announcement. We have officially purchased our historic church home in Scottsdale, Arizona!Every family needs a home, and this one is a wonderful fit for our church family.I am so thankful for all the hard work from the many volunteers that has already gone into getting this 50-year-old mid-century modern church home … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Files Motion to Dismiss Racketeering Lawsuit

Claiming he has not been served, Mark Driscoll filed a motion to dismiss the racketeering lawsuit against him and former Mars Hill executive pastor Sutton Turner brought by former members of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Two couples from the church allege misuse of funds.Like Turner's motion to dismiss, Driscoll appeals to rules of procedure requiring service of a lawsuit in 90 days. The essential claim of the motion is that the Jacobsens and Kildeas have abandoned the suit.Driscoll … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll’s Scottsdale Church to Launch August 7

Although a group of people has been meeting in Scottsdale, AZ for several weeks, the official launch of Mark Driscoll's The Trinity Church has been slated ("penciled in") for August 7, 2016.According to this video (click through to watch), the church still has to get some design elements in place. The plans sound pretty ambitious. It is not clear that the building isn't viewed as temporary. The building's "mid-century modern" style figures prominently in the "groovy" church. His launch … [Read more...]