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
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 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)
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
A number of us have been watching the unfolding carnival of Bread and Circuses that appears to be Mars Hill Church in Seattle. We hear the stories of abuse, the calls for the senior pastor to step down, the evidences of plagiarism and buying his way onto the New York Times bestseller list. We’ve perhaps read … More The Cowards on Mars Hill
This is going to be one of the harshest posts I’ve ever written. It is going to sound unforgiving to some, and vindictive to others. Yet, there are probably many of you for whom these words will be water in the desert, and a glimmer of hope in the midst of a long season … More Repentance at Mars Hill