Rise and Fall of Mars Hill — Self-Examen?

The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill podcast was originally a 12 episode podcast that became wildly popular. I thought it had ended, but then found out there were “bonus” episodes so I listened to them. I thought those were finished, then found out yet another episode just came out and it purports to beContinue reading “Rise and Fall of Mars Hill — Self-Examen?”

Mark Driscoll, Jordan Peterson, and masculinity

…in our efforts to define what it means to be a Christian man, we shouldn’t center our efforts on “masculinity” at all, but rather on understanding a person—a person who, “though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking theContinue reading “Mark Driscoll, Jordan Peterson, and masculinity”

We have to hold powerful people accountable

The series “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” is a devastating podcast series. It is a hard look into Mark Driscoll and the poisonous culture of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. But it needs to be told. And it needs to be heard. In my own group, the ACNA, more news comes out aboutContinue reading “We have to hold powerful people accountable”

The break up of Mars Hill

In just two weeks, Mars Hill went from a huge celebrity pastor and the model for multisite churches to… this. I am not writing this to gloat. I am writing this to ask us, as American Christians, to do something extraordinary… think.  We’re not good at it. The huge “crisis” of my young ministry was theContinue reading “The break up of Mars Hill”

Idol worship in the American church

I was in college in the days of the PTL scandal and Jimmy Swaggart’s failings.  In the years since I honestly thought we could have learned our lessons from those debacles. Clearly, we have not. We continue to seek out evangelical superstars and the huge crowds and then we are shocked all over again whenContinue reading “Idol worship in the American church”

Mark Driscoll, Women Heroes, and Our Loss of Civility

I won’t get to ALL that stuff the title implies. Mark Driscoll, as per his normal routine, makes the blogging world rock. He cut into “effeminate” looking worship leaders who happened to be men. It’s Mark Driscoll. He’s rude, crude and gets hype because of it. It’s led to a backlash and then examination ofContinue reading “Mark Driscoll, Women Heroes, and Our Loss of Civility”

Rob Bell: There Really IS a Hell!

Following up on his controversial (and hot-selling) book, Love Wins, Rob Bell told Diane Sawyer in a special interview for ABC News that he had a vision two nights ago. He spent 90 minutes in a very dark, hot place. In this vision he saw the flames of hell and realized they are indeed eternal.Continue reading “Rob Bell: There Really IS a Hell!”

Thoughts About “Icons”

Recent blog activity has been caught up in a discussion over the Manhattan Declaration. This is a statement coming from Catholics, Orthodox, and Evangelicals concerning three major points about our current culture in America. The debate is over whether this is just some right wing political move or it’s legitimate. Some of the disagreement comesContinue reading “Thoughts About “Icons””