Thursday, May 09, 2013

Tim Beltz appears to be officially out of Mars Hill now

A while back when Tim Gaydos resigned that made news.  Gaydos' resignation also inspired someone to blog the following.

Selections below:

This past week at Mars Hill Church Downtown Seattle, our Lead Pastor Tim Gaydos unexpectedly resigned. The immediate reaction of course is to look for scandal as our leaders well know. I’m fully expecting this from the usual Mars Hill internet trolls. Unfortunately for them there’s nothing sinful or scandalous to uncover. Pastor Gaydos is simply being called to something else, which I suspect will involve a great deal of preaching and teaching, two things with which he is richly blessed. The only people who knew about his impending resignation were Pastor Gaydos and his wife. Even our Executive Elders, Pastors Mark, David and Sutton, were all surprised, which was plainly visible on their faces at our member’s meeting on March 11th.

...  Pastor Beltz announced his resignation at the same meeting. Following a recent trip to an Acts 29 church plant in Louisville, KY, Beltz witnessed a great need for an Executive Pastor there. The elders of that church have asked him to come serve in that capacity and after much prayer Beltz accepted. This occurred over the previous two or three weeks.

Sojourn, eh?  A church that's part of a network that pulled out of Acts 29 a bit more than year ago.

Say ... isn't that where Brad House ended up?  So it would seem.

Pastor of Community            
Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Religious Institutions industry
2013Present (less than a year)

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Religious Institutions industry
20052012 (7 years)

There are already four listed executive elders at the church so it wouldn't seem they need numbers but Beltz was part of the 2007 re-org in Mars Hill as a consultant and has a lot of experience in the non-profit sector.  So Beltz is no longer on the following roster.

There's no indication just yet Beltz has settled into Sojourn Community Church, or whether or not the author at the wordpress blog linked to at the top of the post has vetted facts accurately at all points or whether the author was speculating.  In lieu of documentation, this is probably the most that can be assembled for the moment.

POSTSCRIPT 05/13/2013

If you Google Tim Beltz and Mars Hill Church you'll see a link that refers to this as the initial result of the search:

But what it actually leads to (for now .... ) if you follow the link is:

Go to the actual link for and see if you can still find Tim Beltz.

assorted reading from the week

Okay, so maybe not all from this week.  Wenatchee The Hatchet's doing a semi-Linkathon-Sausage thing because sometimes time that could be spent writing is best spent reading or working on a few off-line projects. 

There's something about social sciences and research you may want to keep in mind, it's "weird", as in dominated by Western, educated college students living in industrial, rich, and democratic countries.  Sampling biases possible?  Of course.  College students apparently love being guinea pigs for social science experiments. 

The killer crush. Linked to from this piece about maternal sympathies for accused criminals.  For nerds, Harley Quinn makes sense because as crazy as she is she corresponds to peculiar behavior in a rare strata of females in real life.

A nice little piece on Robert Frost.  Frost's work is more ambivalent and dark than the grade school introductions or the  cloying syrupy choral settings of Randall Thomson might suggest. 

The friends at Mockingbird have linked to Colbert on not winning.  Summed up, the problem with chasing your dream is that your dream could be stupid and obtaining your dream does not make you a winner in life. 

A fascinating little piece on tone deafness and the brain.

Everyone sucks at multitasking unless the multitasking is of simple stuff.

For discernment bloggers and watchbloggers, please read up on theories of the press.  Here's a random example.  If more watchbloggers and discernment bloggers had even a vague idea of what theories of the press are and what the distinction is between a public and private figure the blogosphere might be slightly more civilized. 

Christian Brady quotes Dorothy Sayers on the old canard about angels dancing on the head of a pin and what people miss about the distinction between space and extension as concepts for discussion.  In a word, slightly nerdy.

After a remarkably long hiatus Halden Doerge has new stuff up.

James Harleman has written a few things about Iron Man 3.  The new film is significantly more fun than the second one was, by the way.

Mere Orthodoxy has some back and forth on stuff like the suburbs and the evangelical industrial complex.  Haven't quite had time to read all that in tandem with all the above but it looks interesting.

For those who pay attention to these things Dallas Willard and Geza Vermes have died recently.