The Village Church Apologized and Karen Hinkley Accepted and Forgave

So says Wartburg Watch.You'll remember this story once you start reading. You can get a summary in this prior post. Matt Chandler publicly called for people who had been hurt by TVC's ideas about church discipline or in other ways to come to the leaders to reconcile.Current statements from TVC and Karen Hinkley are at WW. Karen Hinkley says it is over for her.TVC also referred Jordan Root to a specialist. As noted in a prior post, I endorse that move.Now see Mars Hill executive … [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...]

Matt Chandler: No Fall Out From Decision to Remove Mark Driscoll From Acts 29 Network

Apparently the Acts 29 Network isn't feeling any ill effects of their decision to remove Mars Hill Church and Mark Driscoll from membership. At least that is what Matt Chandler told an Australian publication last week. The bold print is a question from the Eternity newspaper. Chandler's response follows.What impact will this have to the movement, do you think. There will be many for whom Mark Driscoll was a mentor, someone to look up to. What’s the fall out from that?At this point, we h … [Read more...]

Matt Chandler on White Privilege

Writing Tuesday on his church blog about the tragic shooting in Ferguson, MO, Matt Chandler validates the concept of white privilege.  The blog post is an expansion of tweets on the subject. According to the Christian Post, he also talked about the matter in his Sunday sermon.I am glad to see this and intend to discuss white privilege and stereotyping next week here on the blog.  … [Read more...]

Acts 29 Network Removes Co-founder Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church From Membership (UPDATED)

In a stunning move, the Acts 29 Network leadership has removed network co-founder and Mars Hill Church lead pastor Mark Driscoll from the organization's membership. I obtained a letter from several Acts 29 pastors which was sent to Driscoll and Mars Hill Church removing Driscoll and the church as members of the network, as well as calling on Driscoll to step down due to a pattern of complaints from Acts 29 pastors. Mark Driscoll was instrumental in founding the Acts 29 Network and has been … [Read more...]