Sunday, March 09, 2014

Mars Hill removed the entirety of the Nehemiah and Phillipians sermons from 2007 from their media archive

Notice a gap through nearly the entirety of 2007 in the sermon archive?  That'd be the removal of the entirety of the sermons from the Nehemiah series and the Phillipians (The Rebel's Guide to Joy) series.

There's Redeeming Ruth (Jan to Feb 2007)
There's Religion Saves (Jan to March 2008)

But pretty much nothing in between.

What's the incentive to yank nearly an entire year's worth of sermons?  You'd think that if this were about scrubbing away everything that might conceivably be incriminating about Mark Driscoll or Mars Hill Church that Redeeming Ruth would come down, too, since that's where Mark Driscoll explained how Grace Driscoll immediately responded to his question about which person in the book of Ruth he was most like was "Oh, you're Elimelech."
January 7, 2007
Redeeming Ruth
Part 1: God's Hand in Our Suffering
Ruth 1:1-1:22

Let me wrap all of this up. As your pastor, who loves you very much – I say that sincerely – would you be as honest as Naomi today, and would you acknowledge that your life and mine are like Naomi and Ruth’s stories in which the providential hand of God is at work, in which he calls us to be honest and to run to him and one another as God’s people, to work out those parts of our life that we consider afflictions, but not yet have received them as sanctified? And would you identify yourself with someone in the story – who are you? How many of you, you’re Elimelech-ish? You’re Elimelech-ish. Elimelech is the guy – Everything falls apart. It looks dark. It looks bad. He takes a poll. He makes a plan. He decides Moab has a lower cost of living. Moab has more vocational opportunity. Moab has food on the table – I will make a plan. I will be the sovereign. I will take care of everything. Trust me, I know what I’m doing. He leads well. He plans well. He tries to be the sovereign. Everybody dies anyways.

I am Elimelech. I asked my wife, “Which one am I?” Oh, my wife – she didn’t even breathe. Didn’t even take a breath. “Oh, you’re Elimelech.” And his name means what? My God is King! That was me. If you ask me, Jesus, sovereign, Lord, King, God, and if I ever need ‘em, I’ll call, but I don’t think I do ‘cause I got this all taken care of. Elimelech-ish.

Will pulling down the entirety of the Nehemiah and Phillipians sermons from 2007 accomplish anything at all? 


Well, for those curious about what Wenatchee The Hatchet has published in the past that references the now-removed Phillipians series ...


Thomas C Bullock said...

1 Corinthians is also gone.

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

Interesting, 1 Cor was around a day or so ago.

Puritan Valentine said...

Apparently you can still access the sermons in other here:

But yeah. Weird. And I had heard good things about the Nehemiah series.

Anonymous said...

Nehemiah and Rebels Guide to Joy can be found at Youtube by MarriageSermons Mark Driscoll.. here is a link:

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

thanks Unknown

Puritan Valentine, the Nehemiah series was a disaster. It generally featured Driscoll reading a text from the canonical book, saying "This is just like Mars Hill" and then going on for long stretches talking about a city within the city. At this point the only significance it would have in the history of Mars Hill might be the "Fathers and Fighting" sermon at the end of it, which you can go hear in the context of Joyful Exiles.

Not exactly the most encouraging sign that Driscoll's turning over a new leaf if MH is purging all the sermon series that have been prominently quoted in the real estate and mars hill series of posts here or have been featured audio in the timeline at Joyful Exiles. Putting angry young prophet days behind you shouldn't involve scrubbing away anything that might be construed as incriminating. A real sign of repentance might be publicly acknowledging you said wrong and hurtful stuff in those sets of sermons rather than letting the team wipe them out.