Stories of Betrayal: Speaking about Your Pain Without Speaking Out of Your Pain

Over the last few days of telling stories of church abuse and/or poor leadership, I have been asked about the issue of the experience of pain a handful of times. The stories I have been telling happened between 2005 and 2010. A significant amount of time has passed, and someone can legitimately ask if I … More Stories of Betrayal: Speaking about Your Pain Without Speaking Out of Your Pain

Happy Birthday Jesus! – Larycia Hawkins & Mark Driscoll

Happy Birthday Jesus! This year, we are giving you a pile of coal. Yes, it’s your 2,015th Birthday (or 2,016th or 2009th or whatever some scholar is going to tell us), but this year the best we could scrape up for a gift is some low grade extra smoky coal. Not even a good hard chunk … More Happy Birthday Jesus! – Larycia Hawkins & Mark Driscoll

My experience of being deceived by Australia’s most powerful celebrity pastor

This is a guest post from my friend Benjamin Ady. Benjamin lives in Australia. He is an atheist. He is an honest, caring and extremely intelligent guy. He also spearheaded the campaign to remove Mark Driscoll from the Hillsong Conference, which is something concerned Christians should have done. The campaign worked, that is, until the … More My experience of being deceived by Australia’s most powerful celebrity pastor

Did Pastor Brian Houston from Hillsong Betray the Already Betrayed?

Mark Driscoll was interviewed at Hillsong Conference in Australia. Despite a public announcement from Hillsong Pastor Brian, following a vigorous campaign of critics against Mark Driscoll’s appearance, stating that Mark Driscoll’s appearance would be cancelled, Houston held an extended interview with Mark and Grace Driscoll via video conference yesterday. You can find the interview on … More Did Pastor Brian Houston from Hillsong Betray the Already Betrayed?

Burning Man and Christianity: Lessons in confession (or the lack of it)

Burning Man is currently going through a bit of a crisis. The last couple years “Plug and Play Camps”, or what is now being called “Turnkey Camps”, began to come into focus in the event. Apart from the typical rough and tough radical self-reliance, self-expression, and gifting principles – apart from the non-commodification principle, a new culture … More Burning Man and Christianity: Lessons in confession (or the lack of it)

WSJ opinion post gets it wrong about Mark Driscoll

In the 80’s, misappropriation of funds, and sexual misconduct brought down the Jimmies (Bakker and Swaggert). In the 2010’s, Mark Driscoll has become the latest falling star of Evangelical Christianity. Like his predecessors before him, he has made the secular as well as the religious news. So a few short hours ago the Wall Street … More WSJ opinion post gets it wrong about Mark Driscoll

The Last Gasp of Tough Corporate Leadership Christianity

A friend of mine sent me an email late last night crying out for help. He was an assistant pastor in a small church I pastored years ago. Since that time, he has purposely taken on the task of pastoring small, wounded churches back to health. He is currently assisting a church in New York, … More The Last Gasp of Tough Corporate Leadership Christianity

Purity Balls, Mark Driscoll and a Hermeneutic of the Obscene

I am on a temporary reprieve from editing extremely dry law work. I am going to write this continuation of my thoughts on the hermeneutics of the erotic in a free flowing, rambling train of thought. Please do not hold me to these things too firmly. I may have lost my wits and sent them … More Purity Balls, Mark Driscoll and a Hermeneutic of the Obscene

When the Erotic and the Prophetic Collide: Green Man, sonnet #42

The Bible is filled with erotic stories, erotic poetry, and even erotic prophetic imagery. The stories range from the criminal (the rape and murder of the Levite’s concubine, David’s adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband), to the obscene (Lot’s daughters having sex with their drunken father, the member of the Corinthian Church … More When the Erotic and the Prophetic Collide: Green Man, sonnet #42

The Pope, the Mafia, Atheists, & the Gay Community

Francis’ indictment of mafia violence and calling them to repentance with the threat of Hell, is a perfect model for some of my thoughts about navigating the space between the church and the world, especially when seen in the light of his responses to both atheists and the LGBTQ community. Perhaps Francis has now fully … More The Pope, the Mafia, Atheists, & the Gay Community

These Twisted Stories – Phelps and Driscoll

Two prominent tales are being played out in the culture of American Christianity right now. They appear unrelated, but I believe they are intimately connected to one another, and highlight the cognitive dissonance we struggle with in regards to religion. Fred Phelps, the founder and patriarch of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church and the “God … More These Twisted Stories – Phelps and Driscoll