Thursday, August 11, 2016

a short survey of headlines that mentioned The Trinity Church formal launch

Purchasing the church building was no easy feat, since the Maricopa County Assessor's Office revealed that the church's evaluated cash value for fiscal year 2017 is a whopping $21,265,300. But Driscoll said The Trinity Church family received a lot of "generous donations" not only from church members, "but also from friends of The Trinity Church that just want to help support this new Church plant."

The article didn't mention that TTC didn't necessarily get the building at the list price.

The purchase price looks like it was closer to one tenth of the appraised value.

Driscoll's shared a tale of how a storm brought his family to the Phoenix area, a story woven into the recently started series of sermons he's doing on Jonah.  Jonah was a sermon series the campus pastors of Mars Hill did back in 2008.  One campus pastor did a good job going through that book and that was around the time I left, not wishing to deal with yet another recycling of Driscoll's spiel for Song of Songs (and for other reasons).

What Mark Driscoll may not feel inspired to share is that to the extent that a "storm" hit his family it was a storm that was in most respects a self-inflicted storm.

The plagiarism controversy that erupted near the end of 2013 couldn't have happened if Mark Driscoll's books had adequately cited references in their first print editions.  Had Mars Hill not engaged Result Source for Mark Driscoll's 2012 book there could be no controversy regarding its propriety to have harmed the reputation of Mark Driscoll or Mars Hill.  Had there been no kangaroo courts and no summary terminations of pastors who were handpicked by none other than Mark Driscoll himself to take on tasks he'd previously had a hand in (i.e appointing Bent Meyer to head counseling and Paul Petry to have another older man in eldership who had some experience drafting by-laws), Mark Driscoll wouldn't have felt any need in 2014-2015 to ruefully concede that a years' old conflict had suddenly become public.

So, by and large, coverage on the recently launched The Trinity Church has not focused quite so much on just how self-inflicted the "storm" Mark Driscoll has gone through has been, now obviously not literally everything fits the "self-inflicted damage" category, but a pretty large proportion of the troubles Team Driscoll has faced since 2013 leading up to Mark Driscoll's completely voluntary resignation that, as reported by Warren Throckmorton and the BoAA itself, was unexpected.  But not everyone who has a byline presented that resignation as actually voluntary.  There was a leave Driscoll took, but the old joke he had years ago was that he'd best drop a topic "before I have to fire myself".  When you make jokes like that from the pulpit it takes some kind of evidence to indicate otherwise, to indicate that the BoAA in any way actually prevented Driscoll from preaching.  One person's statement, though potentially compelling, is insufficient.

The other thing is that we have to bear in mind that Mark Driscoll's omissions in stories about his life can vary dramatically from one public/polemical context to another.  That's worth noting in a bit more detail in another post.

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