Hillsong Protest Planned Over Mark Driscoll’s Conference Interview

Even the last protest was small, it garnered wide coverage in Australia. Given the fact that most Australian reporters seemed to think Brian Houston had agreed not to feature Mark Driscoll during the recent conference in Sydney, the media may turn out for this event in a similar manner.  Here is the event description: Please bring protest signs. We will be protesting peacefully! Under enormous pressure from pro women groups and others, Hillsong senior pastor Brian Houston was very deceptive a … [Read more...]

Will the Former Executive Elders of Mars Hill Church Face a RICO Lawsuit?

If Bob Sluys has his way, the necessary funds will be raised and a group of plaintiffs will bring the RICO lawsuit. For  more on the suit's logic see this prior post (here also). Sluys created a video outlining the reasons he believes make the suit necessary. Watch:About half of what is needed has been raised.The church is apparently still disposing of assets without a public accounting of the Global Fund and where the disposed assets have gone.The plaintiffs offered (and p … [Read more...]

Something I Don’t Understand About Mark Driscoll’s Resignation

In his interview with Brian Houston, Mark Driscoll said he had decided to go along with the restoration plan that the Mars Hill elders wanted to implement. He told Houston that he had given the go ahead for the plan which would have him returning to the pulpit on January 4, 2015.  However, then on the Monday night after he said he would follow the elders' plan, God told him and his wife that they were released from ministry. Then he resigned.First of all, no one at the time said anything … [Read more...]

Hillsong’s Brian Houston Interviewed Mark and Grace Driscoll After All (VIDEO) (AUDIO)

Update: Campaigners against Driscoll's appearance have expressed betrayal via statements about the interview.Just a little while ago, Brian Houston showed a taped interview of Mark and Grace Driscoll at the conference in Australia. I have some video below. The source of the video stalled out near the end, so this is not the complete interview.Despite the fact that Houston told the world Driscoll would not attend the conference, he brought him to the conference via video anyway. At that … [Read more...]

Part Two of Sutton Turner’s Thoughts on Forgiveness

Today, former Mars Hill Church executive pastor Sutton Turner extends his Mars Hill reflections in part two of his series on repentance and forgiveness.I appreciate Turner's efforts here. These are not brief posts, but rather indicate that he has thought about these matters. He seems to want to make amends in a public sense with his detractors, not by criticizing them but by acknowledging his mistakes. For instance, he tweeted:I used justification of my actions & lack of time not … [Read more...]

Sutton Turner Confesses Some Mars Hill Sins

One of the last three executive elders to serve at Mars Hill Church, Sutton Turner has taken a different route in his public reflection about his experience at Mars Hill than the soft-spoken Dave Bruskas and the main event Mark Driscoll. Bruskas spoke to his Albuquerque church in a closed meeting (here, here, and here) and to my knowledge has not blogged or addressed the media since he left Mars Hill. Driscoll on the other hand has remained aloof from social media, isn't doing interviews but has … [Read more...]

Matt Chandler Expresses Remorse and Asks Forgiveness in Sunday Sermon


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...]