Thursday, March 05, 2015

a year ago World Magazine broke the news that Mars Hill arranged with Result Source for Mark and Grace Driscoll's Real Marriage to get a #1 spot on the NYT bestsellter list


http://www.worldmag.com/2014/03/unreal_sales_for_driscoll_s_real_marriage

Worth noting since it's, you know, the anniversary of the event.

For those who may not be familiar with the history of how things unraveled, the first hint that this thing with Result Source might even have been a thing that Wenatchee The Hatchet could recall showed up indirectly.

http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2013/12/jeff-bettger-no-longer-pastor-at-mars.html

http://www.locustnhoney.com/?p=1148

Having a mega church background for the last 16 years I have witnessed first hand the tyranny of injustice done in the name of God. Layoffs during Christmas, weeks after new children are born and first homes purchased. The use of tithe money to purchase books at retail cost in order to build a mans platform and make the NY times best seller lists. [Update 12-5-2013 8.18pm PST: WtH, this sentence has been excised from the original post since the publication of this post, it is preserved with strikethrough with the proviso that jsuffering has stated that it was hearsay] All with the name of God stamped on it, and self justified because the rest of the business world has those kinds of practices. I am grieved for the state of a church that does not acknowledge and expose the sin of it’s leaders with love and humility but instead claims it is doing whats best for the body of Christ.
So, there was that.  It was important that Janet Mefferd and Warren Smith covered what they covered.  It was also important that Jeff spoke up about something that concerned him in a way that gave journalists and a few bloggers an opportunity to ask what had happened. 

Whatever Vanderbloemen or others may attempt to say about "popular bloggers", bear in mind that what Wenatchee The Hatchet observed over the last six or seven years was that men and women who were once part of the leadership culture came to the conclusion that, as Wenatchee The Hatchet understands it, the leadership culture of Mars Hill, from the top down, began to sacrifice the welfare and resources of what was once Mars Hill Church on the altar of Mark Driscoll's personal celebrity and on the altar of corporate efficiency.

Nobody a year ago could have guessed Mark Driscoll would decide to resign.

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