Religion and Politics

No, you shouldn’t have to accept @PastorMark’s apology

Jonathan Merritt writes, When Christians have grown so bitter toward someone that we can’t even accept their apologies, something has gone seriously wrong. If Driscoll had ignored these comments, his critics would have excoriated him for his silence. But when he says he is sorry, they criticize him still. We must refuse to create lose-lose situations for each other where one is damned if they apologize and damned if they don’t. When Merritt is writing the stuff I like, he is dead on… but when he is clearly in the wrong, I’m going to disagree with him. In all seriousness, I admire Jonathan’s take and believe


Further proof @PastorMark is truly repentant

Thanks to the intrepid reporting by Warren Throckmorton, we now know the totaly unrelated puff piece of the totally repentant Mark Driscoll is not. Who really wrote this puff piece on how beleaguered Mark Driscoll is being attacked by “the enemy within” (AKA Janet Mefferd and the former members and leaders of Mars Hill Church).  Is it Bill Roberts or Russ Jones or did Lyall Mercer really write it? Read the rest. It is is absolutely needed.


Just how morally bankrupt is @pastormark?

Seattle’s Mars Hill Church paid a California-based marketing company at least $210,000 in 2011 and 2012 to ensure that Real Marriage, a book written by Mark Driscoll, the church’s founding pastor, and his wife Grace, made the New York Times best-seller list…. ….The details of the agreement between Mars Hill and Result Source are complicated. Result Source received a fee of $25,000 to coordinate a nationwide network of book buyers who would purchase Real Marriage at locations likely to generate reportable sales for various best-seller lists, including the New York Times list. Mars Hill also paid for the purchase of at least 11,000


How is @PastorMark connected to the Church of Satan and Rand Paul?

Some accuse LaVey of paraphrasing the Nine Satanic Statements from Rand’s Atlas Shrugged without acknowledgement. LaVey later affirmed the connection with Rand’s ideas by stating that LaVeyan Satanism was “just Ayn Rand’s philosophy, with ceremony and ritual added”. via Greed Prompted The Writing and Publishing Of The Satanic Bible | David Paul Kirkpatrick’s Living In The Metaverse. David Kirkpatrick posted an eye-opening read today. And of course, my mind took a devilish turn. It seems greed and haste to make money more money produces plagiarism. We all know of Mark Driscoll’s plagiarism… well, we do but Tyndale House is still standing


Another day, another publisher investigates @PastorMark

Warren Throckmorton points out on his blog, that Crossway is investigating charges about Driscoll’s plagiarism while pointing us to an article on Religion Dispatches: In an email exchange, Crossway stated, “We are in touch with Mars Hill and are conducting an internal review to ensure that our books published by Mark Driscoll have proper citation and documentation.” So far, NavPress, publisher of Wounded Heart, has not issued a response regarding Driscoll’s use of that book without proper citation, nor has Thomas Nelson commented about these latest allegations of plagiarism committed by its #1 New York Times bestselling author, and why it appears to


@tyndalehouse’s “nuanced” “mistake” about Janet Mefferd’s apology

In the press release regarding Mark Driscoll’s “mistakes,” Tyndale says: In the days following the interview, the talk show host posted on her blog further allegations of plagiarism against Pastor Driscoll, complete with screenshots of other books where she alleged he had committed plagiarism. She later removed all of those posts and issued a public apology. Um, that’s a lie/half-truth/oh-bless-their-heart… This was posted a few minutes ago by Ms. Mefferd. She, unlike Tyndale, is telling the truth. She originally said: I should have contacted Tyndale House directly to alert them to the plagiarism issue. She has yet to withdraw


@pastormark loves @ivpress (well, their books, just not citing them)

Warren Throckmorton has more details… In this case, the verbatim uses are spread throughout the section of Driscoll’s book (see the image below). As in the 1 & 2 Peter book, a citation used by the original source author (Strabo) is used as a footnote in Driscoll’s book but without mentioning where he found Strabo (the Dictionary). More IVP Reference Material Shows Up Without Citation in a Book by Mark Driscoll.