Saturday, September 28, 2013

Sutton Turner announces that Mark Driscoll has a book coming up-_A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity have a Future or a Funeral?

The red letter emphasis added below might be grist for a post all by itself.  While Mark Driscoll seems to own the copyright on just about everything with his name on it, Sutton Turner assures members of Mars Hill that as a gift to the church none of the musicians who have played, written or recorded music for the Mars Hill music label earn any royalties and all that money goes back to Mars Hill Church. 

Okay, that would fit the work-for-hire approach that tends to apply in many cases of people producing content for churches.  But that does invite some questions about who in the Mars Hill leadership scene owns copyright on materials he/she has written.  While Wenatchee The Hatchet can think of a few guys in the history of Mars Hill who can probably field those questions very directly they may have no-disclosure agreements to consider.  Or so we've heard. 

Finally, the title A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Future or a Funeral makes it seem like Mark Driscoll has set himself up to be the flipside of John Shelby Spong's old Why Christianity Must Change or Die from 1999. 

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Pastor Sutton Turner
From Pastor Sutton Turner:

Mars Hill Church,
This fall, Pastor Mark will publish his latest book, A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?
The official release date is November 5, but the book will be available at Mars Hill churches in October. At the same time, we’re gearing up for this year’s Resurgence Conference (Nov. 5–6), where Pastor Mark will lead with Rick Warren, Matt Chandler, Greg Laurie, and other great preachers.
Get Ready
In other words, we’re in the middle of a very busy season, and I implore you to pray for Mars Hill leaders in general and Pastor Mark in particular. The book and the conference will confront a number of the challenges facing the evangelical church today, and the road ahead will not be easy.
The time is quickly arriving—if it’s not already here—when Christians will be widely condemned, hated, and rejected for what we believe: that Jesus Christ is our only hope for life and forgiveness and peace. A Call to Resurgence is Pastor Mark’s effort to inspire the church to cling to the essential truth of Jesus and not crumble under society’s pressure to abandon the faith.
I am so grateful for Pastor Mark’s bold example and faithful leadership, and I pray that this book would be a great encouragement for us all to stand together with our brothers and sisters, come what may, for the glory of God and the salvation of many.
Thank you
I also wanted to take a moment to say thank you for purchasing resources from our local Mars Hill bookstores. As a gift to the church, all of our authors and musicians do not earn royalties on any material sold in our bookstores—all of the proceeds go entirely to the church. [emphasis added]
So when Dustin Kensrue releases his first worship album next month, or if you’ve bought a copy of the Ten Commandments Study Guide, all sales at Mars Hill go right back to Mars Hill. This has been a huge blessing to our church over time. For example, in the last ten years, our bookstores have sold over 60,000 copies of Pastor Mark’s books alone, which equates to a gift of more than $200,000!
I hope this is encouraging for you, church. We love you, we thank you for your prayers, and we look forward to the work God has for us heading into the fall.
In Christ,
Pastor Sutton Turner

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Pinhead said...


Anonymous said...

For clarification -

"...all of our authors and musicians do not earn royalties on any material sold in our bookstores..."

What about the sales outside of the church's bookstores? Amazon, the Resurgence website, etc.?