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.
So far, Pastor Mark Driscoll has taken the brunt of exposure here; with some being directed at the rest of the elders generally. Make no mistake, ALL of the executive elders have been involved in the manipulation of people, data, and events.
Pastor Jamie Munson is a great (and easy) example: Read the rest of this entry »
PH is relieved and overjoyed to report that PH can not find the letter instructing MH members to shun Paul Petry on the members site!
There are any number of reasons that this could have occurred, most of which do not have anything to do with justice or reconciliation. Even so, PH is believing and hoping that the process of justice and reconciliation has started. May Mars Hill Leadership be moved to publicly correct the untruths that they have published and spoken about Paul Petry, and to provide him restitution for the damage that their actions have caused.
And, above all, may our God be glorified in ALL circumstances!
Today’s brain teaser: Did Mark Driscoll see that a fair and legitimate hearing was held for the Pastor’s they fired, or was it a mockery of justice; resulting in legitimate fear among the elders as to what might happen to THEM should they fall into disfavor with the wrong
PH found an amazing video by Reallysad1 on Youtube. (No…PH had nothing to do with this or any other of Reallysad1’s productions). Take a look: “Mark Driscoll – The verdict should be thrown out. #2″ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngHymj8bGRY Read the rest of this entry »
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 »