Matt Chandler Expresses Remorse and Asks Forgiveness in Sunday Sermon

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Today, amid the storm of controversy over the church's handling of Jordan Root and Karen Hinkley, Matt Chandler expressed remorse over the church elders' general approach to church discipline. I wrote about this matter in a prior post.Video of the sermon is on the church website and Vimeo below.  Chandler spent much of the message talking about handling conflict between believers. He said (at 24 minutes and following) the matter of church discipline is serious … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Dissolving “Soon”

Mars Hill Fellowship's (the corporate name of the enterprise that was Mars Hill Church) president Kerry Dodd is looking for work. According to his Linked In page, Mars Hill Fellowship as an entity will dissolve "soon." The end is near enough that he says he is "starting the search for his next endeavor where he can excel and make a difference."  He describes his old difference making endeavor as: A $30M, community-focused organization with 15 locations in five states, focused on enriching lives … [Read more...]

Protest of Mark Driscoll Planned at Hillsong Church in Sydney on May 31

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A group called "People Against Fundamentalism" plans to protest Brian Houston's decision to bring Mark Driscoll to the Sydney Hillsong Conference this summer.According to the group's website, the protest will take place on May 31 at the Sydney church's Waterloo campus.Protests may also occur in London where Driscoll is slated to speak in July. A petition asking Hillsong to remove Driscoll as a speaker has garnered nearly 1,000 signature on Change.org. Pastor Houston issued a statement … [Read more...]

Sutton Turner: Leaving a Big Church is Selfish

Just when I thought we were getting somewhere...Today, Sutton Turner posted an apologetic of sorts* (pdf of the post) for separation of pastors from pews in big churches. Turner seems convinced that the corporate world is a good analogy for a church leadership.This quote seems to capture the mood: When an organization grows and people lose access to the senior leader, many will take the selfish route and leave. They look back on the smaller, familial organization as the golden days, … [Read more...]

Grading Pastor Dan Kellogg’s Mark Driscoll Homework

In a blog post yesterday, Gold Creek Community Church pastor Dan Kellogg said he did his homework before asking Mark Driscoll to speak at his church on Sunday. According to that blog entry, Kellogg said he spoke with Driscoll's "accountability board."  The unnamed member or members of that board said: “There is nothing Mark has done that disqualifies him from ministry”.  That was enough for Kellogg, but was it enough homework? Kellogg reminds me of the student who attacks a complex subject by … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Demonstration Taking Place at Gold Creek Community Church

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UPDATE: Gold Creek put the sermon up on their website.Mark Driscoll is speaking at Gold Creek Community Church (the live feed freezes often but you can catch some of it here) while a demonstration is taking place outside.He is speaking about Hebrews 11.Outside former Mars Hill members are giving out a flyer about their actions (click the link to read it).Incredibly, Dan Kellogg, the pastor at Gold Creek said Driscoll had been treated unfairly by his staff and that most what was … [Read more...]

Former Mars Hill Church Members Protest Mark Driscoll’s Appearance at Gold Creek Community Church This Sunday

Thursday evening I posted a notice that Mark Driscoll is slated to be the mystery speaker tomorrow at Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek WA. Driscoll's return to the Seattle preaching stage will not go unnoticed by some former members of his former church. See below: For Immediate ReleasePublic Demonstration Protesting Mark Driscoll in the PulpitMill Creek, Washington, May 17, 2015Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek, Washington has invited Mark Driscoll to preach in all … [Read more...]

This Sunday Gold Creek Community Church Plans to Host Guest Speaker Mark Driscoll

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According to sources in the know, this Sunday Mark Driscoll will speak at all three services at the Mill Creek campus of Gold Creek Community Church on RePurpose.Last Sunday, a public announcement was made about a guest speaker who has been called one of the top 25 most popular preachers. The pastor also negatively referred to "sour milk" Christians as those who might not want to see Mr. Popular in the pulpit.I called the church to ask for confirmation and was told the church is not … [Read more...]


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