The Mars Hill “Non-Compete Zone” in Seattle


Here's a graphic showing how large the area is that ex-MHC pastors would be prohibited from ministering in if they signed the non-compete agreement at Mars Hill (upon pain of termination). With all the Mars Hill campuses and ministries, the answer is: LARGE. Like, uproot your whole life large. Like, sell your house and say goodbye to your neighbors large. But hey, that's empire business.HT goes to Stephanie Drury on this one. … [Read more...]

Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard on Empire


Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard was interviewed by Mountain Magazine and had some great quotes:Like this one about simplicity: Simple Fly Fishing is a metaphor for society. I want to show that a simple life is not an impoverished life. But especially this one about empire: I’m a total pessimist.I’m a doombat.Every single empire in history has collapsed. Empire building is against the laws of nature. Nature loves to spread things out. It loves diversity. It’s always trying to make new spec … [Read more...]

The Non-Compete-Driven Church (i.e., Empire Business)


For quite a while now, I've been arguing that influential movements within the American church have gone off the healthy, Jesus-centered rails and entered into the realm of empire business.I've explored two main categories for this phenomenon - Celebrity Christianity and Controlling Christianity - along with what I believe to be the solution: a deeply-rooted Creative Christianity (though you'll see more of the "solution" stuff at The Antioch Session). And honestly, the hits just keep on … [Read more...]

What Everyone Might Be Missing About Mark Driscoll: It’s All Business


This past week yet another scandalous story broke having to do with the ministry of Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church in Seattle.This story is, frankly, somewhat derivative - last month a similar one surfaced about megachurch pastor Steven Furtick. And, it follows on Driscoll's last moment in the media rotation over questions of plagiarism. But this one could be a hell of a lot more serious than those previous blips on the evangelical media radar.Essentially, Driscoll/Mars Hill hired a … [Read more...]

Video: I’m in the Empire Business

Working on my book proposal today for Empire Business: What Don Draper and Walter White are Saying to the American Church. Here's the inspiration for the title: want to publish it? … [Read more...]