Sutton Turner in 2012 on Mars Hill Church’s Financial Situation: “We are in a big mess”

financialchallenge2011

It is my belief that the reason we have such poor giving by our Church is the lack of stewardship in the Church staff. Churches with excellent stewardship see greater giving because people know that every dollar they give will go towards the mission of the Church. It is very clear this has not been the case at Mars Hill Church.Sutton Turner On Monday, Mars Hill Church leaders told the congregation that the church is "now facing the most serious budget challenge in our history." However, … [Read more...]

Yet Another Citation Error in Mark Driscoll’s Real Marriage

RealMarriageOSLongman

Pubishers have three options when plagiarism and/or errors are discovered. Such problems can be ignored, corrected or in extreme cases the book can be pulled from publication. In the case of David Barton's book The Jefferson Lies, there were so many errors that correction was not a viable option so the book was pulled by publisher Thomas Nelson. In the case of Mark Driscoll's Real Marriage, Thomas Nelson elected to correct the errors. I found several such errors in Real Marriage, most of which T … [Read more...]

Innovate4Jesus Scrubs Bio of Mars Hill Spokesman Without Explanation

JustinDeanScrub

On Monday, I pointed out that Mars Hill Spokesman Justin Dean claimed a role in helping Mark Driscoll's book Real Marriage get to #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.  Dean's bio on a website called Innovate4Jesus touted the accomplishment even though it is now known that the book was guaranteed an appearance on the NYT list due to the work of consulting firm Result Source. Result Source used subterfuge to purchase books in order to lift Real Marriage to the top spot on the list. Earlier to … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Church Spokesman Touts Result Source Aided Real Marriage NYT Bestseller Campaign as Accomplishment

JustinDeanOneNYT

In his bio at a website called "Innovate4Jesus," Mars Hill Church Spokesman Justin Dean touts his experience helping to get Mark Driscoll's book Real Marriage to #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List:On the Innovate4Jesus website, "#1 New York Time Bestseller" links to the January 22, 2012 NYT list for "Hard Cover Advice" books on which the Driscolls' book Real Marriage placed at #1 for one week. See below for the text copied as it is now on the I4J website.ABOUT JUSTIN DEAN With … [Read more...]

Forced Out for Asking Questions: Dalton Roraback’s Mars Hill Church Story

Until recently, Dalton Roraback was a coach at Mars Hill Church. Coaches provide mentoring to Community Group leaders. Community Groups provide the context for relationship building and alignment within Mars Hill.Like many Mars Hill members, Roraback had questions after hearing about the many controversies involving the church in recent months. As a long time member of MHC, Roraback knew many of the leaders and began to ask them to explain recent events. Finally, Roraback asked what turned … [Read more...]

Who at Mars Hill Church Authorized Church Funds to Buy a Place for Mark Driscoll’s Real Marriage on the NYT Best Seller List?

resultsourceinvoice

Before Warren Smith’s World Magazine article in March, the story about Mars Hill Church paying a consulting firm to boost Mark and Grace Driscoll’s book Real Marriage to the top of the New York Times best seller list was a carefully guarded secret at the Seattle megachurch. Almost three months later, members of the church are still asking their pastors about the deal. Last week, in a meeting of Mars Hill group leaders, members asked pastors Thomas Hurst and Jason Skelton to name who was res … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll and Result Source: What About the Other Best Seller Lists?

ResultSourceContractBrief1

By now, most people know that Mars Hill Church entered into a contract with ResultSource Inc. to place Mark and Grace Driscoll's book Real Marriage on to the New York Times Best Seller List. World Magazine broke that story and then I posted the contract between MHC and RSI. Overlooked in the fallout from that story is that Real Marriage also made it on other best seller lists. According to the contract, this was by design.Note that RSI pledged to attempt to Real Marriage on best seller … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Update: Dan Allender Gets a Footnote in Real Marriage

allender footnote

In January 2014, I noted that Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins Christian added Dan Allender's name to the Acknowledgments section of Mark & Grace Driscoll's book Real Marriage. Use of Allender's styles of relating without citation was one of the early allegations of plagiarism made by Janet Mefferd after the infamous November, 2013 interview.In my post demonstrating the addition of Allender's name to the Acknowledgments section, I expressed my view that the publisher should also add a … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X