Mars Hill Church, Mark Driscoll and the Case of the Disappearing Links

Mysterious. I post links to pages on Mars Hill Church's websites and then they disappear. Where is Chief Inspector Clouseau when you need him?I posted a link to Mars Hill's battle plan for their series on 1 & 2 Peter and it disappeared. Then it returned for a few hours only to disappear again.  This document (which you can read here) contained the Docent research report used by someone at Mars Hill to construct the study guide on 1 & 2 Peter which contains copied material from the … [Read more...]

Janet Mefferd Breaks Silence in Slate Article on Driscoll Controversy

Janet Mefferd has drifted into the background since her apology for her on-air actions with Mark Driscoll on her November 21 broadcast.  Today, in an article on Slate by Ruth Graham, Mefferd breaks her silence on the Driscoll controversy.Mefferd is clear that she continues to believe Driscoll's books inappropriately used material from other sources and that he needs to make it right. Go on over to Slate and read the article. … [Read more...]

John Piper Calls Out Famous Guys (Like Mark Driscoll) On Ghostwriting

It is getting serious up in here.Last night on Twitter, John Piper posted a series of tweets apparently in response to an op-ed by Andy Crouch at Christianity Today on the Mark Driscoll plagiarism (now ghostwriting) controversy.  Crouch's op-ed builds to this crescendo: The real danger here is not plagiarism—it is idolatry. I think both are a problem and as it turns out another related problem appears to be ghostwriting.Piper doesn't think highly of taking credit for the work of ot … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Alters Statement on Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Controversy (UPDATED)

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Within hours of my post on Mars Hill Church's statement about "citation errors" in Mark Driscoll's book Trial: 8 Witnesses from 1 & 2 Peter, the church altered the statement and removed a web page which offered the book for sale.The original statement said that the book was never offered for sale. However, the book is currently being offered for sale by Logos Research Systems (now removed, see Google cache) and was at one time offered for sale in bulk by Mars Hill Church.Here is what … [Read more...]

Who’s Talking About The Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Controversy?

Three days ago, Relevant Magazine published a brief article with the headline: Basically, Nobody's Talking About the Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Accusations.What a difference a couple of days make. Now, lots of people are talking about the controversy swirling around Pastor Driscoll.Religion News Service, World Magazine, Christianity Today, Christian Post, Crosswalk, Right Wing Watch, Orlando Sentinel, Opposing Views, First Things, Examiner, Bartholomew's Notes on Religion, Religion Di … [Read more...]

Ingrid Schlueter Resigns From Janet Mefferd Show Over Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Controversy

Coming from Julie Anne at Spiritual Sounding Board: BREAKING: Ingrid Schlueter resigns in light of @JanetMefferd /@PastorMark plagiarism fiasco: http://t.co/DqO320mCiL pic.twitter.com/KqCUvXSBCr— Julie Anne (@DefendTheSheep) December 5, 2013 Schlueter's comment is as follows: I was a part-time, topic producer for Janet Mefferd until yesterday when I resigned over this situation. All I can share is that there is an evangelical celebrity machine that is more powerful than anyone realizes. Y … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll And His Church On Plagiarism

Mark Driscoll and his church have spoken out on plagiarism.On the Mars Hill website on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, the church forcefully addresses plagiarism. Here is what they say:IF I USE MATERIAL FROM ONE OF PASTOR MARK’S SERMON’S DO I NEED TO CITE HIM AS THE SOURCE OF THAT MATERIAL? Yes. If you don’t cite him, you are plagiarizing. If you use content from one of Pastor Mark’s sermons or from one of his books, you need to attribute the content (whether it is a quote or … [Read more...]

Zombies, Plagiarism And Mark Driscoll Helped Me Write This Blog Post

First, let me thank Mark Driscoll for his help writing this blog post and give him full credit for inspiring the title.With all of the allegations of plagiarism and controversy swirling around Mark Driscoll on social media, it is nice that Driscoll can take time to teach us all how to write better blog posts.I am referring to his article yesterday titled "6 Simple Ways To Write Better Blog Posts." You'll have to read it to understand why my title was inspired by Driscoll. I want to give … [Read more...]


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