For those who haven't read the interview ...
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Discussing the interview itself is still an incubating project. However, I want to highlight that there have since been two clarifications from Turner at his blog, published August 5, 2020. There were two points Turner wanted to clarify, corrections sent his way about two questions: 1) did Driscoll wear a bulletproof vest? (Turner and Bruskas couldn't remember ever seeing that) and 2) what severance payout did Driscoll get after resignation (Turner didn't recall there being the funds for such a thing in later 2014 while he was still there). There are corrections given by Turner to both those statements and it is those corrections we'll look at in some detail. I'm aware that some view Turner or Bruskas or both as spinning things. That's possible but ... having chronicled the life and times of Mars Hill off and on for ... a decade ... Turner's corrections do not contradict anything I've managed to document here and the corrections he's given show that, as he admitted in the larger interview, there WAS stuff he didn't have access to on some questions. So ... read Turner's statement that is reproduced after the break if you want to read more:
2 Points to Clarify: Interview with Warren Throckmorton and Dave Bruskas
Since my interview with Warren Throckmorton and Dave Bruskas (Part 1, Part 2), several former elders and staff members of Mars Hill Church have reached out to me in order to clarify my understanding of an event and a financial transaction. I wish to share these details publicly while making it clear I was not an eyewitness to the event nor was I privy to documentation verifying the transaction. However, I do believe that these corrections are necessary for the sake of transparency.
I stated in the interview that I personally attended Mark preaching 99.9% of the time between mid-2011 through August 2014. At no time did I ever see Mark wear a bulletproof vest. However, I have spoken with a former staff member who was with Mark when he purchased a bulletproof vest in 2008. This same staff member observed Mark wearing the vest once while preaching that same year. [emphasis added]
I stated in the interview that when I resigned from Mars Hill Church in September 2014, there was very little money left to fund operations through the end of the year. Based on the cash position at that time, there simply were not enough available funds to provide a large payout. However, I have come to learn from previous Mars Hill staff members that Mark received twelve months’ worth of severance following the sale of real estate in Ballard less than the purchase price of the server managing his content in 2015. [emphasis added]