Saturday, December 14, 2013

Well, there's an article in the Wall Street Journal Online about Driscoll (updated)

It was brought to the attention of Wenatchee The Hatchet there was an article about Mark Driscoll in the Wall Street Journal.  Casting about for where this might be found and who wrote it, this came up.

http://www.realclearreligion.org/2013/12/14/mark_driscoll039s_cage-fighting_christ_257994.html
But while the article is linked to here:

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304073204579167963887805686

The link itself comes up with nothing. Unsurprisingly The WayBack Machine does not yield a working result either.  Then again ...  maybe this works?

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304073204579167963887805686

UPDATE:

Well, that's handy.  It works, after all.  Wasn't working so well at the time of initial publication a la 9:04pm 12/14/13.  For whatever reasons it went down it's back up. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Slate returns to the subject of Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/faithbased/2013/12/mark_driscoll_plagiarism_accusations_janet_mefferd_accused_the_seattle_pastor.single.html

Last year the subject was Andrew Lamb's disciplinary situation.  Slate's coverage was better than average for the Andrew situation in early 2012 but the entire series A Confluence of Situations (starting with part 1 and cumulatively going to part 15, be warned, it's about 18,000 words of material) was written, in part, to show how far all mainstream journalistic coverage fell of ascertaining the broader background of Andrew's disciplinary situation and the role former Mars Hill pastor James Noriega had played not only in the development of "biblical counseling" at Mars Hill in general but in its history of real estate acquisitions in particular.  In other words, the fuller story of how all the parties ended up where they were by early 2012 involved roughly a decade of history of Mars Hill that started with Mark Driscoll not getting the real estate he wanted for the initial plant of the church.  All that is for the reader to consult at leisure.

The story this time, allegations of plagiarism, is quite a bit simpler and far more easily documented.

One of the more recent developments in the story is that Mars Hill Church has rather passive aggressively tried to shift blame for improper citation on a research assistant that is not named.  The trouble is that the now deleted "battle plan" for the Trial study guide was found by Warren Throckmorton.  The initial reading of Wenatchee The Hatchet is that, per comments from Glenn Lucke at the Docent Group, sufficient documentation was provided by Justin Holcomb for proper citations to have been made.  If Mars Hill PR attempted to shift blame to a now former research assistant sent to Driscoll by Docent was supposed to put out a fire it's the opinion of Wenatchee The Hatchet that MH PR just poured gasoline over an open flame.  Compared to the essentially kangaroo court former executive elder Scott Thomas put Paul Petry through as documented by Petry's website Joyful Exiles the recent plagiarism allegations are simple. 

A striking quote from Graham's new piece is the following:

For a guy known for his aggressive leadership style, Driscoll is also a master of passive-aggressive behavior.

While Graham quotes from this piece, "We even lie about our lying", which got discussed some over here at Wenatchee The Hatchet. But as passive aggression goes it is the opinion of Wenatchee The Hatchet that Mark Driscoll's most impressive feat would be the entirety of this blog post, "The hardest part of ministry"   While the safety of Driscoll's relatives is a serious concern in itself it is useful to bear in mind how far back Driscoll has described his career and style as one of deliberate provocation.

Certainly this year's October 26 entry from Driscoll reads differently than Mark Driscoll back in 2004.
Radical Reformission
ISBN 0-310-25659-3Mark Driscoll

Zondervan
copyright 2004 by Mars Hill Church

page 14
... So I married Grace, began studying Scripture with the enthusiasm of a glutton at a buffet, and started preparing myself to become a pastor who does not go to jail for doing something stupid. To pay the bills, I edited the opinions section of the campus newspaper, writing inflammatory columns that led to debates, radio interviews, and even a few bomb threats--which was wonderful, because the only thing worse than dying is living a boring life.

As a potential sample of what inflammatory stuff Driscoll said he wrote while editing the campus newspaper there is, apparently, this. Perhaps The Daily Evergreen archives will provide more grist for the mill if asked.  Driscoll has recently taken up editorial duties at The Resurgence, which doesn't seem to have particularly needed them but who knows if it might not be useful for Driscoll to have something to do while Mars Hill PR decides how, when or if to respond to recent developments.  This week's moves on the part of MH PR ... well ...

Of course a man past 40 with five children will see things differently but Driscoll, as we've seen, has made a long history of being a provocateur and that he could describe "a few bomb threats" as "wonderful" in 2004 meant he still had that rosy sentimentality about the threat of violence in response to things he said and wrote despite being a parent.  A bit odd but nobody would say Driscoll is the most typical person, would they?

Graham's new article in Slate states that Mefferd has apologized for the interview but stands by her allegations:
“I stand by my allegations of insufficient sourcing, absolutely and unequivocally,” she said by email. “His plagiarism is a very serious ethical and moral breach. Academics and journalists alike have lost their jobs over less than what Mark Driscoll has done.”

As allegations go, there's been a recent change in a certain board. This is an excerpt from the Mars Hill Governance page from 2012:

In the event that a formal charge and/or accusation is made against Pastor Mark that, if investigated and found to be true, would disqualify him from his position as an elder in Mars Hill Church, a group of five men consisting of both elders within Mars Hill Church and Christian leaders outside of Mars Hill Church, will investigate the charge or accusation and determine if it is true. This group currently consists of Jamie Munson, Dave Bruskas, James MacDonald, Darrin Patrick, and Larry Osborne. If the charge or accusation is found to be true, this group can rebuke Pastor Mark or, if warranted, remove him as an elder at Mars Hill Church. If Pastor Mark is removed as an elder, he automatically ceases to serve on the Board of Elders, on the Executive Elder Team, and as president of Mars Hill Church.”

That wording is discussed over here at Wenatchee The Hatchet.

As of November 23, 2013 the line-up for a group that might assess charges or accusations against Mark Driscoll looks a bit different.

http://marshill.com/2013/11/23/dr-paul-tripp-joins-mars-hill-s-board-of-advisors-and-accountability
Dr. Tripp joins the current Board members: Michael Van Skaik, Dr. James MacDonald, Dr. Larry Osborne, Mark Driscoll, Dave Bruskas, and Sutton Turner. This Board of Advisors and Accountability was voted upon and installed by an overwhelmingly supportive vote from the entire eldership, with every single elder who voted doing so in approval.
Let the record show that Dave Bruskas and Sutton Turner are among the governing persons of Mars Hill Church as a registered non-profit corporation in Washington state.
http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=601677819

Governing Persons
TitleNameAddress
Vice PresidentBruskas, Dave1411 NW 50th Street
SEATTLE, WA 98107
SecretaryTURNER, JOHN SUTTON1411 NW 50TH ST
SEATTLE, WA 98107
TreasurerTURNER, JOHN SUTTON1411 NW 50TH ST
SEATTLE, WA 98107
PresidentDriscoll, Mark1411 NW 50th Street
SEATTLE, WA 98107

In other words these are men who work for Mark Driscoll, who is legal president of the church.  Larry Osborne is credited by Mark Driscoll as having an advisory part to play in the 2007 re-org that included some controversial terminations of two elders, specifically Bent Meyer and Paul Petry, documented over here.  Mark Driscoll is now officially on the Board of Advisors and Accountability, a board with shifting membership and in a setting where what Mars Hill Church has publicly made available about the nature of its governance has shifted drastically in the last 18 months.

So on the board of advisors and accountability are Mark Driscoll himself and two guys who are holding executive leadership roles in the corporation.

If Paul Tripp is part of a team that would consider allegations or charges against Mark Driscoll it remains to be seen if they will meet or reach any conclusions.  After all, Mefferd has made the allegation that Mark Driscoll has plagiarized and Intervarsity Press has sounded off on what they consider improper use and inadequate citation of one of their publications.  The research assistant can't be blamed to any effect both because the person isn't named and if it's who a number of Christians writers suspect was implied, is a man whom Docent Group is willing to defend over against nebulous insinuations by Mars Hill Church.  It's gotten to the point where it seems that men who have defended Driscoll from criticism in the past are no longer leaping to his defense. If Mars Hill Church public relations people thought that passively blaming research assistants was going to work it looks like they've just poured fuel on to a fire, but that's just Wenatchee The Hatchet's opinion.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

John Piper tweets "If lying is the `industry standard' reject it. ... "

https://twitter.com/JohnPiper/statuses/410597328492703744

If lying is the "industry standard" reject it. Come on, famous guys, if someone writes for you, put the plebe's name on it.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mars Hill altered statement about Trial study guide, credits(blames?) assistants on research, Docent Group states Mars Hill given sufficient information to properly cite sources

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2013/12/10/mars-hill-church-alters-statement-on-mark-driscoll-plagiarism-controversy/
Since Warren Throckmorton has established that Mars Hill Church changed its statement in response to alleged plagiarism in the Trial study guide for 1 & 2 Peter there's little that needs review on that specific point.  It's worth mentioning because rapidly clarifying a clarification was what happened when MH PR discussed elder terminations in the wake of Andrew Lamb's situation in 2012.  Trawl through Wenatchee The Hatchet at your leisure for that, though.

While Mars Hill's initial statement, as documented by Throckmorton, had it that the church never sold copies of the study guide Wenatchee The Hatchet quoted, just yesterday, from an archived page of The Resurgence as to when, how and why The Resurgence sold bulk copies of the study guide. 

http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2013/12/mars-hill-church-admits-to-citation.html
http://theresurgence.com/2009/09/01/trial-study-guide-on-sale
http://web.archive.org/web/20101219223717/http://theresurgence.com/2009/09/01/trial-study-guide-on-sale

December 19, 2010 capture

From now until the start of Mars Hill Church’s Luke series, you can purchase copies of the Trial Study Guide by the case. Only twenty cases are available, so order soon if you’re interested. The book is a 200-page overview of 1 & 2 Peter (paperback, 5-1/4 × 7-7/8). It features over 30 small group lessons and an extensive day-by-day family discussion section. The Study Guide was originally written as a companion piece for Mars Hill Church’s sermon series Trial: 8 Witnesses from 1 & 2 Peter. The book is written by Pastor Mark Driscoll and Pastor Brad House, who oversees Mars Hill community groups. [emphasis added] It was distributed for free at Mars Hill campuses during the sermon series, and in order to recoup some of the printing expenses, we are now selling cases of the book at cost, plus shipping and handling ($95 per case; each case includes 66 books; not authorized for resale). You can also download the PDF version of the book for free. To purchase copies, please submit the online order form and the payment details that follow: Click here for the Trial Study Guide Order Form - See more at: http://web.archive.org/web/20101219223717/http://theresurgence.com/2009/09/01/trial-study-guide-on-sale#sthash.MhKWIfXv.dpuf

So The Resurgence, part of Resurgence Publishing, LLC, the for-profit venture associated with mars Hill Church executive leadership, began to sell left over copies of the study guide they had printed for the 1 & 2 Peter sermon series to recover printing costs for the project.  The books were sold at cost, according to the content quoted, so they weren't being sold for a profit.  The books on the books should bear that out easily enough, right?

At Christianity Today Andy Crouch has weighed in with a few thoughts. 
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/december-web-only/real-problem-with-mark-driscolls-citation-errors.html?paging=off

The most notable one to pop up is the question of why Driscoll's name was the one on the study guide if Justin Holcomb and Crystal Griffin were credited with helping assemble the material.

... But there is something truly troubling here, in my view. Not that "Pastor Mark Driscoll" carelessly borrowed a section of a commentary for a church-published Bible study, but that "Pastor Mark Driscoll" was named as the sole author of that Bible study in the first place. In fact, when Driscoll introduced the series on Peter to his church in a 2009 letter (quoted by Religion News Service's Jonathan Merritt), he forthrightly credited two researchers: Justin Holcomb, who worked for an outside research firm called the Docent Group, and Crystal Griffin, a deacon at Mars Hill. (Glenn Lucke, founder of the Docent Group, told me his firm's records show that Holcomb provided Mars Hill all the documentation needed to properly cite the IVP commentary.)

The second notable point is that Glenn Lucke, founder of the Docent Group, has stated that the firm's records show Holcomb provided Mars Hill all the documentation needed to properly cite the IVP commentary. 

Throckmorton has recently posted that there was some kind of "battle plan" and provides yet another link that is going to be dead-on-arrival.  Wenatchee The Hatchet has gotten used to links affiliated with Mars Hill Church or The Resurgence being dead on arrival after a post gets published.  So here's a link that does work, for now [as Bane put it in The Dark Knight Rises] You can also try this one or this one. Throckmorton's link to the pdf may be dead but Wenatchee The Hatchet has some experience trawling through older resources associated with Mars Hill.  Check out the pdf materials while you still can. Throckmorton brings attention to page 143 on and mentions lean research notes but that's to be expected.  What the pdf comes across as to someone who's been in Mars Hill is not an academic draft of anything but a working later draft of citations that could be added later in the editing process.  October 31, 2008 is months, literally, before Driscoll would announce Holcomb had joined the Mars Hill crew. 

Throckmorton didn't mention what are arguably more important pages in the battle plan, pages 19-21 about branding.   This looks, overall, more like a mock-up copy of basic materials awaiting citation notes but also lacking a unified visual style of the sort the finished product would later have. The documentation would be pretty lean if pages 19-21 were explicitly brainstorming a general look and discussing branding. 

Given the discussion so far at Christianity Today, from Warren Throckmorton, and from seeing some of the material Throckmorton refers to it's not convincing for Mars Hill Church to attempt to shift any blame on research assistants who had a role in assembling background material for the Trial study guide. Their names didn't end up on the book in any event and the copyright of the book was registered to Mars Hill Church.  Glenn Lucke of the Docent Group has stated that Holcomb provided enough evidence for proper citation and has stated this to Christianity Today.  The battle plan version of the study guide Throckmorton refers to does provide some interesting details about how Mars Hill approached the development of the publication and it's interesting to see the branding segment and an unusually large amount of red text. 

Let's bear something in mind from early 2008 that Driscoll said in a question and answer session about how and how much he reads. After all, if an email between Driscoll and Holcomb at the end of 2008 is going to come up let's consult what Driscoll said about his working memory, reading habits, and approach to citation was earlier that year.

At the risk of recycling material already published on this blog ...
http://www.acts29network.org/sermon/qa-with-mark-driscoll/

The question about how much he read in a week shows up about halfway through minute 16 and the explanation of how and how fast he read books is something Driscoll fields in the start of the 18th minute (if we've cited the right audio file):

... I'm not necessarily the guy who sits down and reads a book because every book has things in it that I don't need at that time.  But I'll read a chapter of this book, half of this book, page of this book ... hundreds of pages a week. ...

I read very fast and I have, I don't know if it's a photographic memory but I have a very effective memory; so much so that,uh, I can remember whole quotes from paragraphs of books that I read in the late 80s that I haven't touched since then. And so even, like, writing a book like, uh, Vintage Jesus has I think, like, six hundred footnotes--I would sit down and write the manuscript and just put in the bra[cket], the parentheses for my research assistant, like, `That's in Generous Orthodoxy', that's somewhere around page 160.' Now I haven't read that since,, like, `92 but I remember the quote, I remember the book, I remember the author, I remember the publisher, and I remember roughly where it's at in the book and so then she goes and finds it and makes all the footnotes. And so that speeds things along.

My wife isn't like that. She reads slow. It's laborious, it's prayerful, it's careful and so for her to work through a book takes a long time and I tend to go through books like chicken wings. ...

Well, Mark Driscoll reading through books like he eats chicken wings might explain some stuff.   It looks like Mars Hill Church no longer has the option of just implicitly blaming the research assistants now that their names were so easy to look up and the founder of the Docent Group has stated that Holcomb provided enough documentation for proper citation of Intervarsity's published work to be credited.  If there's a point of confusion or a lack of clarity it's more likely to be on the side of Mars Hill, which told Slate in early 2012 that it was due to "unclear communication" that a letter about former member Andrew Lamb ended up on The City to begin with.  It was also Mars Hill Church that ended up clarifying it's clarifying statement, a detail that Christianity Today caught last year if memory serves.  Earlier this year Justin Dean stated that Mars Hill Church had something to do with the Lifelong Aids Alliance that turned out to not quite be true. 

And, again, since Mars Hill Church owns the copyright and Mark Driscoll is the legal president the fact that Holcomb and House are gone and that Driscoll has described himself in 2008 as instructing his aids on where he found stuff makes it hard to see why Driscoll would have reversed the process and made himself entirely beholden to research assistants without explaining why he did this.  Setting aside that you can't throw people off the bus who aren't on there anyway attempting to blame people who are research assistants still avoids the fact that Mark Driscoll's name is on the book and the book is copyrighted by the corporation known as Mars Hill Church and that by its own account The Resurgence did sell the Trial study guide at cost to recover printing costs. That Warren Throckmorton caught the abrupt and obvious shift from Mars Hill on whether or not they ever had copies of the book sold is worth noting again.

POSTSCRIPT
First Things is back on the topic, too.

http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2013/12/10/how-not-to-deal-with-a-media-crisis-mark-driscoll-and-plagiarism/

Also WORLD magazine
http://www.worldmag.com/2013/12/signs_and_wonders_rockwell_s_return_plus_more_on_the_driscoll_dust_up
https://www.worldmag.com/mobile/article.php?id=28564

Monday, December 09, 2013

Mars Hill Church admits to 'citation error', pulls Trial study guide, Intervarsity Press publicly states lack of citation does not fall under Fair Use

A number of people have alluded to this statement but for those who haven't spotted this already:

http://marshill.com/media/trial

http://cdn.marshill.com/files/collection/documents/trial_29546_document.pdf

In 2009, Pastor Mark preached through 1 & 2 Peter in a sermon series called Trial. To help our small groups, a team of people including a research assistant, put together a free study guide that was produced in-house. About 5 years later it was brought to our attention that it contained some citation errors. We have discovered that during the editing process, content from other published sources were mistaken for research notes. These sentences were adapted instead of quoted directly. We are grateful this was brought to our attention, and we have removed that document from our website to correct the mistake. Additionally, we are examining all of our similar content as a precautionary measure.

Mars Hill doesn't name names and if they did the names might end up being of people who are no longer in leadership at Mars Hill anyway.  None of that is particularly germane by itself but we'll get to why it matters that the copyright of the book is registered to Mars Hill.  The reason is simple, Intervarsity Press has made a comment to Christianity Today, today.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2013/december/parsing-mark-driscoll-plagiarism-janet-mefferd-apologizes.html

InterVarsity Press tells CT:

Several paragraphs from the New Bible Commentary edited by G. J. Wenham, J. A. Motyer, D. A. Carson and R. T. France published by InterVarsity Press appear in Mark Driscoll's now out of print book Trial: 8 Witnesses From 1 & 2 Peter. These improperly appeared without quotation or attribution. With proper citation the material would have been a case of fair use.

InterVarsity Press believes all writers should use great care as they do research and prepare texts for any use to make sure that proper acknowledgement is given to source material.

IVP tells CT this will be its final statement on the matter. CT has reached out to Driscoll for a response.
There went any possible defense of Trial via fair use, apparently. 

Mars Hill has made a public statement that leans on the idea that a team of people were responsible for what turned out to be a citation error that was brought to the attention of Mars Hill Church.  Does anyone at Mars Hill Church care to thank Janet Mefferd specifically as an expression of gratitude or would giving her public thanks be inappropriate because Mark Driscoll said she was being accusatory and unkind.  It looks like Mars Hill Church as a corporation may differ from Mark Driscoll on this general issue now that a different case of alleged plagiarism has come up.

Jonathan Merritt has pointed out about the Mars Hill Church statement:
http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2013/12/09/mars-hill-church-plagiarism-controversy-citation-errors/

The statement appears to contain at least one incorrect statement. Though Mars Hill claims the book was “never sold,” it is currently on sale by at least one vendor (Logos Bible Software) for $9.95. A screen shot of the sales page is attached. - See more at: http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2013/12/09/mars-hill-church-plagiarism-controversy-citation-errors/#sthash.0vR2VaCz.dpuf

Warren Throckmorton has noted that The Resurgence at one point was selling copies of the Trial study guide.  Throckmorton has clearly become quite good at navigating the peculiarities of Mars Hill's sites where tags and downloads may not always appear in easily spotted places.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2013/12/09/intervarsity-press-calls-driscoll-citations-improperly-cited/

I examine this statement below, but one claim in it appears not to be accurate. The statement says the study guide was never sold. It is being sold presently by Logos Research Systems as a download. Product details are listed as:
  • Title: Trial: 8 Witnesses from 1 & 2 Peter
  • Authors: Mark Driscoll and Brad House
  • Publisher: Mars Hill Church
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 198

...  Furthermore, at one point Driscoll’s The Resurgence website advertised printed copies in bulk.
http://theresurgence.com/2009/09/01/trial-study-guide-on-sale
Because the link is dead already let's do a little fishing.
http://web.archive.org/web/20101219223717/http://theresurgence.com/2009/09/01/trial-study-guide-on-sale



For those for whom images don't pop up:

From now until the start of Mars Hill Church’s Luke series, you can purchase copies of the Trial Study Guide by the case. Only twenty cases are available, so order soon if you’re interested. The book is a 200-page overview of 1 & 2 Peter (paperback, 5-1/4 × 7-7/8). It features over 30 small group lessons and an extensive day-by-day family discussion section. The Study Guide was originally written as a companion piece for Mars Hill Church’s sermon series Trial: 8 Witnesses from 1 & 2 Peter. The book is written by Pastor Mark Driscoll and Pastor Brad House, who oversees Mars Hill community groups. [emphasis added] It was distributed for free at Mars Hill campuses during the sermon series, and in order to recoup some of the printing expenses, we are now selling cases of the book at cost, plus shipping and handling ($95 per case; each case includes 66 books; not authorized for resale). You can also download the PDF version of the book for free. To purchase copies, please submit the online order form and the payment details that follow: Click here for the Trial Study Guide Order Form - See more at: http://web.archive.org/web/20101219223717/http://theresurgence.com/2009/09/01/trial-study-guide-on-sale#sthash.MhKWIfXv.dpuf

As Wenatchee The Hatchet has already noted neither Brad House nor Justin Holcomb are at Mars Hill these days. 

But let's get back to something mentioned earlier at Wenatchee The Hatchet, that The Resurgence is a for-profit corporation registered in Washington state and that John Sutton Turner, executive elder at Mars Hill, has every significant officer/governing role in the corporation these days.


http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=603207560
UBI Number 603207560
Category                      REG
Profit/Nonprofit           Profit
Active/Inactive            Active
State Of Incorporation WA
WA Filing Date           05/17/2012
Expiration Date           05/31/2014
Inactive Date 
Duration                       Perpetual
Agent Name                 JOHN SUTTON TURNER 
Address                        1411 NW 50TH STREET
City                              SEATTLE 
State                             WA
ZIP                

GOVERNING PERSONS
President,Secretary,Treasurer,Chairman 

TURNER , SUTTON 
1411 NW 50TH ST
SEATTLE , WA 98107 

And who owns the copyright to the Trial study guide?  Mars Hill Church. Sure, lots of anonymous people insist that it's all about Mark Driscoll and it must be Mark at the top.  Well, so what?  The corporation has more officers than Mark Driscoll.  For that matter if it's The Resurgence that has sold copies of Trial at a profit to recoup printing expenses that's apparently a matter for Sutton Turner to field now if anyone wants to ask about that.

The book may have had the names of Mark Driscoll and Brad House on them but Brad House is gone from Mars Hill.  The copyright is owned by Mars Hill and who are the big names there?

http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detail.aspx?ubi=601677819

UBI Number601677819
CategoryREG
Profit/NonprofitNonprofit
Active/InactiveActive
State Of IncorporationWA
WA Filing Date12/22/1995
Expiration Date12/31/2013
Inactive Date
DurationPerpetual
Registered Agent Information
Agent NameJOHN SUTTON TURNER
Address1411 NW 50TH ST
CitySEATTLE
StateWA
ZIP98107

Governing Persons
TitleNameAddress
Vice PresidentBruskas, Dave1411 NW 50th Street
SEATTLE, WA 98107
SecretaryTURNER, JOHN SUTTON1411 NW 50TH ST
SEATTLE, WA 98107
TreasurerTURNER, JOHN SUTTON1411 NW 50TH ST
SEATTLE, WA 98107
PresidentDriscoll, Mark1411 NW 50th Street

So Mars Hill Church has admitted to a "citation error" issue in the Trial study guide for the 1 & 2 Peter sermon series.  They have made a point of mentioning it was a team project involving not just Mark Driscoll but other people, including a research assistant.  Given Mark Driscoll's experience as a professional journalist and his remark about how formidable his working memory was in an early 2008 Q & A it doesn't seem like even a team oversight should have happened given what Driscoll has said publicly at different points about how good his working memory is and how much experience he's assured people he's had working as a professional journalist.

That just makes the citation error all the stranger and less excusable now that Mars Hill Church has publicly admitted that it happened, doesn't it?  Driscoll told Mefferd that maybe he made a mistake and the recent statement looks more like an attempt to blame-shift to some unnamed research assistant and a team.  Whatever happened to the Mark Driscoll who would tell husbands "headship means its your responsibility even if it's not your fault?"

POSTSCRIPT:

comments are disabled given the behavior of the anonymous peanut gallery in the last week or so.  You probably spotted that if you tried making a comment.  There are enough off-blog projects going on that coming back a day or so later to discover comments spiraling into what happened on the post about Jeff Bettger isn't Wenatchee's idea of fun.  Think of this blog (when it discusses Mars Hill) more as a journalistic experiment than a venue for semi/anonymous sharing or venting (there are plenty of other venues for that that are better than Wenatchee The Hatchet as it is).