Friday, May 15, 2015

Thrive in context, a blast from the past, Driscoll repeats the crazy guy in underwear story/late night visit, but the best documented incident fitting that profile dates back to 2001.
The hardest part of ministry
October 26, 2013
Mark Driscoll

The hardest part of ministry
Mark Driscoll   » Church Leadership Heart Culture Suffering 
For me, the answer is simple: family safety. By far and away, this is the most constant, soul-aching concern that I deal with. Those ministering in more family-friendly suburban communities that welcome megachurches and gated neighborhoods may not understand the complexities of a ministry that is more urban and the dangers it can pose.
* On one occasion, a man tried to get into my home in the middle of the night. Demanding to meet with me, he woke up and frightened my family. The police arrested him and put him in a mental health facility. The man escaped and started walking back to my home in his underwear. The police intercepted him when he was not far away.

Driscoll never even touches on how the guy could have even known where the Driscoll residence was.  That in itself would be a detail that's worth considering, but let's go back and consult a few things.  The thing about the incident is that it's not that there's no evidence of a weird late-night incident, it's that it dates back to about 2000.  We've discussed this in the past at Wenatchee The Hatchet but it's apparently worth revisiting if Mark Driscoll's going to keep coming back to it on the conference circuit.

Mark Driscoll,  Zondervan
copyright (c) 2006 by Mark Driscoll
ISBN-13: 978-0-310-27016-4
350-1,000 people

At this time, our church also started an unmoderated discussion board on our website, called Midrash, and it was being inundated with postings by emerging-church type feminists and liberals. I went onto the site and posted as William Wallace II, after the great Scottish man portrayed in the movie Braveheart, and attacked those who were posting. It got insane, and thousands of posts were being made each day until it was discovered that it was me raging like a madman under the guise of a movie character. One guy got so mad that he actually showed up at my house to fight me one night around 3 a.m. [emphasis added]
Note the detail from this screen cap about the one-year old boy with the flu.

To date Mark Driscoll has never publicly conceded that the way he conducted himself as William Wallace II could have even possibly provoked emotionally or mentally unstable people to react in an adverse way. It's not that crazy people should have been able to figure out where the Driscoll house was it's that the story has been shared by Driscoll as a plea for sympathy for his wife and children in the last two years. Driscoll's recycled the story in a few spots while scrupulously omitting in recent retellings that (per Driscoll's 2006 account) it was explicitly in reaction to discovering Mark Driscoll was posting as William Wallace II that the guy wanted to confront him.   So Driscoll's defenders think it's ridiculous for critics to mention an incident such as the collected posts of William Wallace II as indicative of Mark Driscoll's character and conduct ... and yet Driscoll's still trawling up a fourteen year old story while fishing for sympathy for the wife and kids? 

What showed up in the 2013 "The Hardest Part of Ministry" that has not made the rounds is a different account. Here's another bullet point from The Hardest Part of Ministry.

Twice I have arrived home from work to find a registered sex offender seeking to engage with my family while waiting to talk with me.

As discussed previously at Wenatchee The Hatchet, former Mars Hill attender Mark Yetman has added some potentially clarifying narrative about at least one of those two incidents.
Mark Yetman


In 2000 my wife and I moved 3000 miles to Seattle. We didn’t know anyone or anything about Seattle but we rented an apartment on the Ave. Everything was new and exciting for us and we sought out to explore everything this city. I don’t remember when we decided to enter the doors of the Paradox but I think it was late that summer. Entering those doors we were exposed to something we had never seen. Team Strike Force was doing their best Nirvana impression with deep and heartfelt Christian lyrics (no Jesus is my boyfriend lyrics). The pastor was dynamic, edgy, and speaking the Gospel with strength and conviction. What was truly radical for me was an evangelical church that served communion and you went up when your heart and soul were ready to accept Christ. For me it was a personal altar-call every time.

We would mainly go to the Paradox but occasionally go to the Ballard church (house). I remember going to Mark’s birthday party/5 year anniversary party and going to a retreat where Damien Jurado was there (He did a great rendition of Pink Moon). I started going to Mark’s house by the Montlake bridge for a men’s bible study. His uber-macho/hyperbolic public persona practically disappeared. He revealed a man that was Christ-filled caring and compassionate man. I remember one time him speaking about having a child-molester in his house and was uneasy about it but believed that Christ had changed this man’s heart. ... [emphasis added]
It's terrible that Driscoll's wife and children have had to deal with unbalanced, violence and harmful people.  It's also a shame that Driscoll has been rolling out some stories he's been sharing off and on over the last nine years on the conference circuit and not providing any historical grounding for a timeframe in which some of this stuff may have occurred. 


ExeGe said...

I believe the 'guy in his underwear' 'mental health facility' incident was not the same as the guy wanting to fight him.

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

that's possible, to be sure, and the question is if it really happened when did it really happen? Driscoll has shared stories where he talks about how rough the recent season is and then shares stories that, though they may refer to things that happened, are completely divorced from any historical or geographic context.

What's never been established is how and why underwear guy started walking back to the home after escaping an institution. How did the guy know where the Driscoll's lived and if he was detained what incentive was there to return to a place he didn't already live at?

To date Driscoll seems unwilling to concede that his own public incendiary statements could have anything to do with emotionally or mentally unstable people reacting badly. While much sympathy can be extended to the Driscoll family some of that can be predicated on the observation that Driscoll has a long history of shooting his mouth off and, by his own preaching history, saying stuff his wife has advised him the past would be better left unsaid.

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

At another level, if Driscoll's invoking fourteen year old stories in telling of the travails of his family his advocates have a conundrum, why did they think it was unfair to mention controversial or foolish things Driscoll said as William Wallace II fourteen years ago if Driscoll himself so casually invokes incidents from fourteen years ago on the speech circuit garnering sympathy for his kids and wife? If there's a statute of limitations for what Driscoll's "critics" can't legitimately use in public discourse it's a pretty substantial double standard if Driscoll gets a pass recycling stories from fourteen years ago in his promotional tour.