Mark Driscoll is back asking for money



The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports…

“Mark Driscoll, the blue jeans-clad,  controversy-plagued former lead pastor at Mars Hill Church, has resurfaced with a new website, just eight days before the Seattle based mega church he co-founded formally dissolves.

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.”

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.”

The donations “apparently go to something called Learning for Living, described as ‘an application-pending registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible in full or in part,’” Warren Throckmorton reported on Patheos.

Driscoll took an “extended focus break” from Mars Hill in late August, and resigned on Oct. 15. The church announced 16 days later that it was dissolving.  Driscoll has surfaced just once since, in a cameo appearance at the Gateway Church Conference in Dallas-Fort Worth that he was once slated to keynote.

Driscoll related tales of threats and persecution.

The resignation followed an implosion, from charges of plagiarism to Mars Hill’s paying $200,000 to a consulting firm to put Driscoll’s book “Real Marriage” onto The New York Times bestseller list.  This was accomplished by purchasing 11,000 books and disguising the methods of purchase.

A group of 21 former pastors and elders at the mega-church brought charges of bullying and intimidation against Driscoll, which were sustained in an internal investigation.

The new website is bedecked with Driscoll titles, e.g “Spiritual Warfare: Satan’s Schemes,” “Spiritual Warfare: Fighting Back,” “Jesus Loves His Church” as well as a “Real Marriage” sermon series about Jesus, the Gospel and marriage.”

It gives the following “About Pastor Mark” biography:

“Pastor Mark Driscoll is a Jesus-following, mission-leading, church-serving, people-loving, Bible-preaching pastor. In 2010, Preaching magazine named him one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years. He’s grateful to be a nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody.

“Pastor Mark is the author of many books, has written for CNN, Fox News, and The Washington Post, and has been featured as a columnist in The Seattle Times.”

The website goes on to say that Driscoll “is the co-founder of the Acts29 Network, a “church-planting” group that founded more than 400 churches in the U.S. and 13 other nations.

What the site does not say was that Acts29, in August, removed Driscoll and his church from membership and deleted Mars Hill from its website.

While proclaiming their love for Driscoll, Acts29 directors sent him a letter saying:  “Over the past three years our board and network have been the recipient of countless shots and dozens of fires directly linked to you and what we consider ungodly and disqualifying behavior.”

The letter concluded: ”Based on the totality of the circumstances, we are now asking you to please step down from ministry for an extended time and seek help.”

The resignation of Driscoll brought multiple mea culpas from deputies for hurt inflicted, domineering leadership, lack of transparency and the shunning of deposed pastors.

The new website dwells on Driscoll’s days in the limelight and puts his ministry in a different light. It boasts:

“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.

“He has been grilled by Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters on ‘The View,’ gone head-to-head with Piers Morgan on CNN, debated the existence of evil with Deepak Chopra on ABC’s ‘Nightline’ bantered with the gang on ‘Fox and Friends’ and explained biblical sexuality on ‘Loveline with Dr. Drew.’ ”

Throckmorton has found that the website is registered to Mars Hill Fellowship. The domain was created in 2004 and renewed this month. Mars Hill Church is still listed as contact on the registrant email.

“I don’t understand the legal issues here, but the information makes me wonder if Mark Driscoll might make a comeback as pastor of a Mars Hill Fellowship.

Driscoll built the church, in 18 years, from a living operation to 15 “campuses” in five states. He sounded off on a much-read Twitter account, keynoted evangelical conferences and hosted an annual “Resurgence Conference” of big-name preachers.

Before the fall, Mars Hill raised money for a “Jesus Festival” set for Aug. 25 at Marymoor Park.

Major questions remain as Mars Hill prepares to dissolve. They involve executive compensation, Driscoll’s severance package, what was found in the internal investigation of Driscoll and whether donations to the Mars Hill Global Fund went to advertised purposes of planting churches in India and Ethopia.”



One thought on “Mark Driscoll is back asking for money

  1. Hell Broke When They Said, Your Money is No Good Here!
    By Robert Winkler Burke
    Book #11 of In That Day Teachings
    Copyright 12/20/14

    Four preachers came to Reno,
    To save Reno’s souls,
    Four preachers came to Reno,
    They knew their roles!

    Mr. Rapture taught end times fright!
    This subtext would make money, and money would make his wife happy!
    Mr. Prosperity taught Give-to-Get financial might!
    This subtext would make money, and money would make his wife happy!
    Mr. Emergent taught gobbledygook-nonsense blight!
    This subtext would make money, and money would make his wife happy!
    Mr. Prophet taught that earthquakes and fires would come, alright!
    This subtext would make money, and money would make his wife happy!

    But with the extreme money that the wives of these four pastors got,
    The wives bought mansions, five star trips, jewelry and many black dresses,
    But in a startling short time, they got sick of fake lifestyle polyglot,
    And the four wives vowed to learn Systema. Why? Even now, God guesses!

    Systema is a 1,000-year-old Russian Martial Art self-defense thing,
    Mrs. Rapture soon expunged fear, and got rid of her life of ridiculous bling,
    Systema works hardest on your weakness, oft great strength it brings!
    Mrs. Prosperity expunged soul-greed!… Then she asked, What’s happening?
    Systema, without being personally too offensive, helps soul blending,
    Mrs. Emergent, weighing a lazy 250, became a svelte 110, a beauty queen!
    Systema did this magic, through a grey-bearded instructor, non-judging,
    Mrs. Prophet lost her nervous wreck, became calmest savant on the scene!

    With all the soul resetting and spirit upgrades these four pirate, miracle wives got,
    They decided to convince their pastor husbands to drop subtext venal plots!
    But the pastors wouldn’t hear it! Saying, Wives, we’d rather our privates be shot!
    The pastors doubled down on subtext shenanigans, caring for wives NOT!

    Mrs. Rapture then told Mr. Rapture preacher she, with him, would not have sex!
    Same for the other three pastors’ wives, who said, No more bad subtext!
    But hubbies tripled down on subtext shenanigan preaching, giving wives the hex!
    And when the men felt inclined, they paid for hookers in the county next!
    Who suffered the most? Congregants! They paid three-times tithes to pastors Rex!
    And, the hookers had no customers, but four pastors, these gals also: vexed!
    The wives felt outsmarted, their lives: like rearranging chairs on Titanic’s decks!
    The sheep of the four pastors: clueless, now giving church entire paychecks!

    Word got round to the hookers what the pastors’ wives had resolutely done,
    The hookers said, We mustn’t miss out on this high stakes fun!
    The ladies of the night said, Your money’s no good here, listen Sugar Hon,
    To each pastor, who replied, Oh Yah? The fight’s just begun!

    The pastors quadrupled down on subtext shenanigans, and also found a thing new,
    Next to their whorehouse, was opening a new business: LoveBots-4-You!
    The pastors said, We get four times as much from our sheep we’ve made cuckoo,
    They believe our Gospiel subtexts of fear, greed, laziness and prophetic stew,
    Forget wives and hookers forcing us to come clean! Here’s an idea, Whoohoo!
    Let us be satisfied by LoveBots-4-You! Robots are plenty cool enough, too!
    The wives and hookers, stymied, said, Let us powwow to figure out what to do,
    We can’t tell the congregation, kill our pastors, or bomb robots… Boohoo!

    So the wives and hookers cried a good cry together,
    Then one hooker said, Here’s how to make this Gordian Church Knot better!
    Let’s tell all to those LoveBots, as birds of a feather!
    The Bots saw subtext-shilling was evil, and banned those pastors forever!

    Well, when wives, hookers and LoveBots made a rebel alliance with one voice,
    ‘Cause they said, Your money is no good here!
    The four subtext shenanigan pastors said, We surrender! We have no choice!
    ‘Cause they said, Your money is no good here!
    We’ll get rid of preaching subtext fear, greed, slouch and prophetic slop noise!
    ‘Cause they said, Your money is no good here!
    And sheep were finally fed truth in Reno (later the world!) Making all rejoice!
    ‘Cause they said, Your money is no good here!

    Most strange allies! Strange bedfellows indeed!
    How subtext-shilling pastors and non-correcting prophet fixed their creed,
    Turns out truth only, is only what sheep need!
    Sans demagogue-shenanigans, Christ-in-You lives in souls fed good feed!

    Christ-in-You appeared, behold, with eyes to see: suddenly!
    In sheep fed the truth, not blinded by demagogue subtext: evil-bad emotion,
    Christ-in-You appeared, behold, with eyes to see: suddenly!
    In sheep fed well, no longer occupied with rot-fear-greed-slouch commotion,
    Christ-in-You appeared, behold, with eyes to see: suddenly!
    Turns out Living Master-Life & miracle grace has no magic, wonder potion,
    Christ-in-You appeared, behold, with eyes to see: suddenly!
    Other than: Get rid of subtext shilling FIRST! That is the hard-to-take notion.

    Now, honor and highest accolades,
    Must evermore go to those brave, God-pleasing wives, hookers & LoveBots!
    God will do anything which aides,
    Christ-in-You coming quickly! … whilst ridding what, in you, church besots!


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