Saturday, October 11, 2014

a couple of links for the weekend and a preview of a possible coming attraction

The 10,000 hour rule is apparently nonsense.

While the Metaxas biography of Bonhoeffer has been considered to have shoe-horned Bonhoeffer as "evangelical", some reactions to a more recent biography (i.e. Frank Schaeffer) try to draw a bit more out of a life than may have been there.

http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/The-ambiguous-witness-of-Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-7962

Meanwhile, Wenatchee The Hatchet will try to get a post about Mars Hill Sammamish out.  This piece of real estate has a somewhat trippy story over the last decade of changing hands over and over in transactions that involve $0 and renovations.  It wasn't in a good way when it was added to the Mars Hill roster, from the look of things, and if rumors that it has been sold are true the sale probably can't do much to alleviate the current fiscal crisis.  Given the annual budget of Mars Hill Church at this point even if they somehow magically sold the corporate HQ, the U-District and the rumored Sammamish (for which, so far, there's no documentary evidence yet across the board WtH knows of) how much time does that buy them?

A few weeks, maybe.  After all, if Turner gets any severance compensation at all (and he shouldn't if severance pay is for lay-offs rather than quitters) then Mars Hill will have only bought themselves a few weeks in which to make a few desperate behind-the-scenes pleas for money.  They know better than to post those pleas on The City by now.  Sutton Turner may have resigned formal eldership but he has not reportedly resigned his membership.  He could still do a lot behind the scenes recruiting financial giving from major donors if he's still around.  Whatever the Lucas Group is, if it really exists, could consist of the kinds of high end donors who could be relied upon in a financial crisis to salvage a potentially sinking ship.

But sometimes a weekend may be a weekend, so Wenatchee The Hatchet can provide some preview thoughts for a campus that seems worth writing about but WtH may just have a weekend and someone else might have stuff to write.  We'll see. 

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