“The man who can smile when things go wrong has thought of someone else he can blame it on.”-Robert Block link
TWW is looking forward to 2015. We plan to look at Nouthetic Counseling, the ARC, beliefs about demons, dominionism, church contracts and discipline, a new movement amongst celibate LGBTQ called Spiritual Friendship, evangelical Catholicism along with personal stories of how child sex abuse is poorly handled in churches. This list is only the tip of the iceberg. In fact, if today's story is any indication, Mark Driscoll will continue to make waves in 2015. We also anticipate hearing more about the SGM lawsuit
The Last Sunday
This past weekend was the last worship service for the church formerly known as Mars Hill. Rick Warren preached the final sermon. According to Warren Throckmorton, Rick Warren emphasized the following:
Even in God’s garden of grace, broken trees bear fruit.
Dr Throckmorton commented:
For many, Mars Hill Church was not a broken tree. They made their nest in that tree and are mourning today as it will no longer function as it once did. For others the tree was diseased and broken, a source of pain. While some of them may celebrate, I suspect that most of those who had anything to do with the church will also feel some sadness and grief. In all my interviews, I have met only a handful who wanted to see the church close. Most wanted to see change and stories of redemption and correction.
Needless to say, they were still trolling for money during the service.
Mark Driscoll and the *Now You See It; Now you Don't* website: What is going on?!!
On 12/23/14, Seattle PI posted Mark Driscoll is back and wants your money. It described the website:
Along with offering sermons and free ebooks, the website also asks for donations. It claims the funds will be sent to “Learning For Living,” an “application-pending registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
The next point is interesting.
The website, its layout bearing striking resemblance to that of his former church, is offering “free exclusive resources directly from Pastor Mark Driscoll” for those who sign up. The initial offering is a Christmas-themed e-book, “The Boy Who is Lord: Jesus’Birth in Luke’s Gospel.”
Of course, he wants your money.
The Driscoll site also asks for gifts, saying: ”Your tax-deductible donation allows us to continue hosting and distributing Pastor Mark’s Bible teachings and resources.”
On 12/27/14, The Huffington Post featured Mars Hill Church's Former Pastor Mark Driscoll Is Back With A Flashy New Website. And guess who is his *pro bono* spokesman? Mark DeMoss, who is also listed as a Driscoll friend. You remember him, don't you? link and link
DeMoss told HuffPost:
…that the pastor recently set up Learning For Living to manage his Bible teaching content, since he can't provide content through Mars Hill anymore.
It is a low-key operation with no paid staff. He simply wanted a way to make sermon and written content available, much of it for free, some of it for a contribution, and is doing so now at markdriscoll.org. Learning for Living is the non-profit organization name through which people can contribute and/or order materials. He just got it up and running in recent days.
According to Warren Throckmorton, Markdriscoll.org is a Copy of Marshill.com.
There is a reason why Markdricoll.org looks like Marshill.com: Driscoll’s new site is a copy of the church website. In addition to the obvious similar appearance, several readers alerted me that the source code for Markdriscoll.org contains many links to marshill.com
Justin Dean, who is no longer affiliated with Mars Hill as of 12/24/14, claims this website was handed over to Driscoll and denies that he has any knowledge of whether Driscoll paid Mars Hill anything for it. He also claimed, according to Throckmorton,
As for who approved or what was paid, I have no idea. That would be private information. I no longer represent Mars Hill as my last day was 12/24/14.
The domain is also registered to Learning for Living, not Mars Hill Fellowship. Mars Hill originally purchased that domain many years ago and has now turned it over to Pastor Mark.
From the website, Mark Driscoll tells us all about himself. As quoted by Christian Today:
"With a skillful mix of bold presentation, accessible teaching, and unrelenting compassion for those who are hurting the most—particularly women who are victims of sexual and physical abuse and assault—Pastor Mark has taken biblical Christianity into cultural corners rarely explored by evangelicals."
All sermons, articles, blog posts, text, graphics, user interfaces, visual interfaces, photographs, trademarks, logos, sounds, music, artwork and computer code (collectively, “Content”), including but not limited to the design, structure, selection, coordination, expression, “look and feel” and arrangement of such Content, contained on the Site is owned, controlled or licensed by or to Mars Hill Church, and is protected by trade dress, copyright, patent and trademark laws, and various other intellectual property rights and unfair competition laws.
In light of these stringent *terms,* a post by Warren Throckmorton should cause you to spit out your coffee. On 12/23/14, Janet tweeted @wartwatch the following:
Uh Oh! The Mefferd machine does it again! The Deebs want to know if certain members of The Gospel Coalition will advise *authors* not to speak to Mefferd once again! Truth for Life is a ministry by Alistair Begg.
In The Title of Mark Driscoll’s New Non-Profit is Trademarked by Two Other Organizations, Warren Throckmorton looked into Mefferd's assertion.
I became aware of that last week and wrote Truth for Life for comment. Today, I spoke to someone at the organization who declined to comment but was aware of the issue.
There is also another organization which uses this name.
The phrase is also trademarked by the non-sectarian Learning for Living Institute.
BOOM! Driscoll's site goes down on 12/27/14 after these revelations.
"We're sorry, but something went wrong" has to be the understatement of the year! It sums up the entire saga of Mark Driscoll!
And BOOM! Up again on 12/29/14 @3PM EST.
A prediction: When the Deebs started blogging about Driscoll in 2009, we received some pretty over the top comments by ardent defenders of Driscoll. We were even chastised by a seminary professor who said something was wrong with us since Driscoll was beloved by most Calvinist leaders. Of course, as our concerns proved to be on the money, the critics slunk away.
When Driscoll's new website went up last week, we noted some folks starting to do the same thing all over again, both on this blog and over at Warren Throckmorton's blog. We believe that far too many young dudes hitched their star to Driscoll and their success is tied to his success. We are concerned that his DNA is continuing to be replicated in the Acts 29 network. Just this past week, I saw one such pastor say that Driscoll's Real Marriage was one of the books of the decade!
We expect the rhetoric to increase as Driscoll makes his comeback and we intend to call these people on it. We were a bit reticent in 2009 but we have learned much in the past 5 years.
On Wednesday, we will list our top 10 posts of the year. Please feel free to list your favorite posts, either from this blog or other blogs.
Lydia's Corner: Genesis 48:1-49:33 Matthew 15:29-16:12 Psalm 20:1-9 Proverbs 4:20-27