After a Recent Gospel Coalition Article Has Wendy Alsup Learned Her Lessons from Mars Hill Seattle?

Recently at The Gospel Coalition Wendy Alsup who was involved in Mars Hill Seattle wrote a post about trusting elders and being honest with them. While I know Wendy has had some challenging years and difficulties there was an issue on my mind that I needed to address. After all sometimes you can do the right things and abuse and questionable activity still happens. Whereas Wendy Alsup has faith in Protestantism, this blogger does not especially when I contemplate the issues being systemic.  Continue reading

Mark Driscoll is Hosting Arizona Senator Martha McSally at The Trinity Church on October 18, 2020

The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona announced that Senator Martha McSally  will be at the 11:00 service. This post looks at this situation and is surprised because Mark Driscoll has long been averse to politics. Why would a Senator in a difficult re-election race chose to share the platform with Mark Driscoll?  Continue reading

Mark Driscoll On When You Have Lost Everything. Will the Embattled Pastor Ever Take Responsibility For His Abuse at Mars Hill Seattle?

Recently Mark Driscoll gave a talk in which he described how he left Seattle, and without naming it Mars Hill Church. The embattled and controversial pastor described how much he and his family had suffered and how he was attacked and slandered. But he spoke recently about how the Lord told him that he still had his anointing to do ministry. In this context Mark Driscoll will never own the abuse from Mars Hill Seattle. In the view of this blog this is an individual who needs to see a psychologist for mental help. Continue reading

From John Welborn of Salem Church Recommending James MacDonald to Tom Nelson of Christ Community Church Praising Ravi Zacharias. Does Mark Noll’s The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind Explain How Corruption and Scandal Are Ignored?

Frequently this blog has noticed a number of EFCA pastors in the United States who promote or recommend material from questionable fallen and discredited pastors. John Welborn at the EFCA’s Salem Church in Staten Island has done this, and so has Tom Nelson of EFCA’s Christ Community Church in the Kansas City area has also done this. Is this another aspect to the scandal of the evangelical mind? The ability of a pastor to practice discernment and think critically in the midst of a scandal? Continue reading

Considering Ravi Zacharias and his Passing. Do Evangelical Leaders Think of Death and Funerals? Or are the Pewsitters the Only Ones Guilted Regularly About Death?

Ravi Zacharias has died and with his death evangelicals are singing his praises. Evangelical scandal has changed and now follows people to the grave where their dishonesty remains. Dishonest in life means being dishonest in death. When Jesus says, “Well done good and faith servant” what do you do when evangelicals embrace a man who was dishonest about his education and engaged in sexting during an emotional affair with a married woman? Evangelicals ignore scandal and this blog dealt with this issue when David Powlison of Christian Counseling and Education Foundation died. But can you imagine when the funerals are held for Mark Driscoll, C.J. Mahaney, and James MacDonald one day how much lying will take place? Continue reading

A Reflection on The Journey in St. Louis as Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill Seattle Raged

Four years ago I received an email from a covenant member of The Journey in St. Louis, Missouri. It was a personal reflection on being inside The Journey as the Mars Hill scandal in Seattle dragged on. This member explained to me the similarities in church governance between Mars Hill Seattle and The Journey in St. Louis. This email was in response to a post that was written about The Journey.  Continue reading

Considering Authoritarianism in Evangelicalism. Did Individuals Like Mark Driscoll in Seattle Pave the way for Evangelicals to Follow Donald Trump?

Evangelical Christianity is a very authoritarian culture. There are many pastors who can rule in a authoritarian manner. I have experienced this in a couple of churches as well. This blog would like to ask a question, when you consider some of the evangelical personalities that exist from C.J. Mahaney, to Mark Driscoll and James MacDonald; have such pastors paved the way for people like Donald Trump? Is evangelical culture nothing but authoritarianism and abuse?  Continue reading

From Mark Driscoll to Jerry Falwell Jr. Why the Explicit Sex Talk? Are a Number of Evangelical Leaders Sociopaths?

A number of celebrity evangelical leaders have said some disturbing things about sex from their platforms. Mark Driscoll taught that women are penis homes and preached about the Biblical basis for blow jobs. C.J. Mahaney boasted of demanding sex from his pregnant wife who was vomiting. Now according to Politico comes Jerry Falwell Jr who boasts about the size of his penis and how his wife Becki can’t handle it. Why all the crude talk? Are we dealing with sociopaths in the end who just want to control people? Continue reading

In Order to Understand Evangelical Culture One Should Cease Reading their Bible and Read George Orwell Instead

In order to understand evangelical Christian culture one should read, study and pay attention to the themes from George Orwell in his classic novels. The themes of corruption, totalitarianism, censorship, blind loyalty, and more are used to paint warning to society. Because remember comrade, while all animals are equal some like your pastor are more equal than others.  Continue reading