How Did Church Leaders List Get Mars Hill Church’s Email List?

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Initially, the story of Craig Gross buying an email list from Church Leaders List seemed like a marketing story gone sideways. However, there appears to be much more to the matter.At the end of Christianity Today's article on this, Bob Smietana wrote: On Tuesday, Dean apologized for his part in the drama over the list. He admitted that he’d been involved the initial sale of the list to churchleaderlist.com (screen cap of page now removed from the web). Now Justin Dean's website is down (an … [Read more...]

UK Evangelical Blog Calls for Forgiveness for Mark Driscoll

Sunday, Threads, a young looking UK evangelical blog, posted a call from Alex Willmott for people everywhere to forgive Mark Driscoll.Mr. Willmott wants forgiveness for something he did so he naturally thought of Mark Driscoll. Or something like that.It is pretty funny actually. To wit: Time to make some enemies now. Mark Driscoll. He brought the Bible to life for millions of people. He said some really important things. He then said some really stupid things. He caused a lot of hurt. … [Read more...]

Craig Gross and Justin Dean Speak about The Mars Hill/Resurgence Mailing List Story

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UPDATE: Just a bit ago, Craig Gross updated his post with the following information: I asked the lawyer that was in charge selling the assets for 100k earlier in 2014 and he said that no one has purchased the rights to sell these assets yet That lawyer is Steven Goodspeed and Gross is referring to this information about the sale of The Resurgence website and related email lists. If these assets have not been purchased, then how did Church Leaders List get the email list?UPDATE 2: Wenatchee … [Read more...]

Anti-Porn Ministry Buys Mailing List; Turns Out It Includes Mars Hill Church’s The Resurgence Emails

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UPDATE: It appears that the website used to purchase the list is now down and went down after Craig Gross pointed out where he got the list. I have a screen cap of it and it still exists on Google's cache. The website does not identify the mailing list as being The Resurgence's list. It seems Craig Gross didn't know what he was getting into when he purchased the list at the recommendation of Justin Dean. I am wondering how Church Leaders List (which is now gone from Twitter -- see the cache -- … [Read more...]

Former Mars Hill Churches Continue Support for Ethiopian Pastors

According to Erik Laursen, executive director of the New Covenant Foundation, two former Mars Hill Churches, Foundation Church (Mars Hill Everett) and Trinity West Seattle (Mars Hill West Seattle), have pledged to continue the support of Ethiopian pastors once funded by Mars Hill Church.Trinity West Seattle's pastor David Fairchild told me via email that the legacy churches hope to pick up support for all 40 Ethiopian pastors. He said, "Trinity is initially picking up 10 pastors/evangelists t … [Read more...]

Hillsong Founder Brian Houston Issues Statement On Mark Driscoll at the Hillsong 2015 Conference

I just received this information from Mark DeMoss via email: Statement by Brian Houston on Mark Driscoll at Hillsong 2015 Conference March 2015 For years, Hillsong has invited pastors and Christian leaders from around the world to speak at our annual conferences in Sydney, Australia and London, England. Well in advance of his resignation as senior pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, we invited Mark Driscoll to be one of our speakers this summer. Rather than having Mark pr … [Read more...]

Justin Dean Talks About What Went Wrong at Mars Hill Church

I haven't watched it all yet but for those who want to get all perspectives, this is a valuable session with Justin Dean. Some of it leaves me scratching my head but if he is serious, it helps give insight into the demise of the church. I'll add observations throughout the day and evening.Dean talks about Mars Hill Global Fund (42:00) and calls the accusations about it "craziness."  He says there were "a lot of evil people out there" (42:51) attacking. Dean said there was "evil at work, … [Read more...]

A Year Ago World Magazine Broke the Mark Driscoll New York Times Best-Seller List Story; Will Hillsong Host His Comeback?

Seems like yesterday that ResultSource and Mars Hill Church's book selling scheme came into the public consciousness. However, it was a year ago today that Warren Smith's article was posted. The next day, I posted the contract signed by Mars Hill Church executive pastor Sutton Turner and ResultSource CEO Kevin Small that spelled out the arrangements which if followed would lead to a spot on the New York Times best-seller list.While it took several months for Mars Hill Church to unravel, that … [Read more...]


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