This moving account serves as a memorial to the ruthless, cruel, and misleading words and actions of Mark Driscoll and the elders of Mars Hill Church in 2007-2008. Not to correct these sins is to continue in them. May those responsible weep in repentance and seek forgiveness from those who were wronged.
Hats off to Molly Worthen for writing an amazingly even-handed article about Mars Hill Church and the various themes and memes that run through it. The article “Who Would Jesus Smack Down?” appeared in The New York Times “Magazine” section on Sunday, January 12, 2009. MH/Driscoll admirers will consider the article very complimentary. Detractors will find the article to give clear voice to the aspects that grieve them most.
One quote in particular broke PH’s heart: “At one suburban campus that I visited, a huge yellow cross dominated center stage — until the projection screen unfurled and Driscoll’s face blocked the cross from view.”
Driscoll’s face blocked the cross from view. In a nutshell: the very reason so many faithful, active, and involved members have departed the hip halls of MHC.
Click HERE to read the full article in the NYT.
An enthusiastic discussion on these matters can be found here: http://phoenixpreacher.com/?p=2545#comments
Pastor Mark Driscoll, we love you. Please never doubt that. By the grace of our Lord, you have the power to right the injustice that has been done. You have the power to turn this into an example of God’s loving kindness, an example of how even the very renowned and much beloved “Reformission Rev.” can acknowledge error and set it right.
Please consider how the devastation of the Petry family can be turned into an example of God’s grace and lovingkindness.
For the Glory of Our Lord.
The following bullet points are quotes in from page 2 of Pastor Mark Driscoll’s letter in the Elders Response Document:
- This meant that I needed to give up a great deal of power…
- To begin this process I had to go first and divest myself of a great deal of power.
- Having shared power…
The above quotes are disingenuous at best. Read the rest of this entry »
Pastor Mark or the the Elders could chose redemption / reconciliation if they wanted to – it’s largely up to themJanuary 24, 2008
The Elders or Pastor Mark could solve this present controversy. If they were willing to soften their hearts, critically examine themselves and wrestle with the issues then healing and redemption could proceed. But they attack others and harden their hearts to the entreaties of their members and brothers and sisters in Christ. Why?
So what about this anonymous posting stuff? Prayingheart (PH) believes that anonymous posts & comments by professing believers are not inherently sinful. In fact, there are times when they are very appropriate.
An individual that PH believes to be a man pursuing personal Godliness sent PH a terse email. Read the rest of this entry »