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

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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...]


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