Pastor Mark has, at times, been guilty of arrogance, responding to conflict with a quick temper and harsh speech, and leading the staff and elders in a domineering manner. While we believe Mark needs to continue to address these areas in his life and leadership, we do not believe him to be disqualified from pastoral ministry.Pastor Mark has never been charged with any immorality, illegality or heresy. Most of the charges involved attitudes and behaviors reflected by a domineering style of leadership.KIRO-TV has a video report below.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
After an extended leave of absence from his church during an investigation about charges against him, Mark Driscoll has resigned from Seattle's Mars Hill Church. A notice about the resignation has been posted on the church's website here. It reads in part..
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
More than 7 out of 10 Americans say religion isn't as influential as it once was in public life and politics. That's the highest number since Pew started asking the question in 2001. At that time, only half of Americans had that view. Read the results of the survey here.
Monday, October 6, 2014
The Dallas Ebola patient has a connection to Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas. KXAS-TV has a video report.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
The film version of the successful Left Behind book series hits the big screen this Friday. Nicolas Cage stars in the film that's directed by legendary stunt man Vic Armstrong who did work on the “Indiana Jones” movies. Cage plays an airline pilot who must land his plane when millions of people disappear. It's not the only religious film on the way. The Biblical epic Exodus is set for theaters this December and a prequel to The Passion of the Christ with Ben Kingsley called Mary won't be far behind. Here's the trailer for Left Behind.
Chuck Smith, founder of the Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, died last year. Now his family is battling for control over the Southern California church and what Smith done with his money. His daughter is suing, charging that her father was abused and neglect before he died. KABC-TV has a video report here.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church and Reformed Theological Seminary are forming a seminary next year in New York City. The partnership "reflects the influence of Reformed theology on evangelical thinking, as well as the impact of megachurches on theological education," according to the Christian Century.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Chicago is "home to a number of religion publishers, the result of the migration of certain ethnic and faith groups to the center of the country, but also of Chicago’s historic role as a transportation hub and a center for printing" reports Publishers Weekly. Read more at here.
what happens if you replace the magic in Harry Potter with Christianity? That's the idea behind some posted fan fiction that's getting some play in the media, But there's also speculation that it's a satirical hoax. Here a video report from Newsy.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Seven out of 10 people under the age of 40 say a relationship with God mattered to them. That's the finding of a new poll by Rare, a Cox Media Group. Evangelical Christians, Roman Catholics, and African Americans were the most likely to say so. There's more information at the AJC here.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Cal State University has striped official status from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. The campus ministry refused to go along with a University requirement that anyone can be leader in the group--even if they aren't a Christian. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship decided to come back to Cal State this fall despite losing official club status. Read more at the Long Beach Press Telegram.
The Satanic Temple wants to hand out materials in Florida schools--including The Satanic Children's Big Book of Activities. Orlando's WFTV has a video report.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Churches are becoming informal, open to gay men and lesbian according to a new study out of Duke University. "More and more Americans worship in congregations where drums are played, words or images are projected on screens, and praise is expressed via upstretched hands, reports the New York Times. Read more here.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Senator Ted Cruz was booed off the stage at an event sponsored by In Defense of Christians in Washington, DC--where most of the people in attendance came from the Middle East. IDC focuses on the plight of Iraqi Christians and others believers in the region. Cruz was initially welcomed, but when he began a defense of Israel, the crowd turned against him--especially when he remarked, "“Let me say this: those who hate Israel hate America. And those who hate Jews hate Christians.” Here's a video from the event.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Friday, August 22, 2014
Most Protestant senior pastors say they know victims of domestic violence but seldom address the topic from the pulpit. That's according to a new survey that found only a minority of them have had any training about how to help victims. Read more about the LifeWay Research survey here.
A group of former pastors from Seattle's Mars Hill Church have filed formal charges against Senior Pastor Mark Driscoll. KOMO-TV has a video report.
Friday, August 15, 2014
During sentencing of convicted child molester, the Maryland judge called the former church youth group leader a ‘cowardly pervert.’ Worse yet, church leaders tried to cover up what Nathaniel Morales did. WJLA-TV has a video report.