Saturday, June 05, 2021

Warren Throckmorton reports that Real Faith has acquired studio space in Maricopa County for 750k if we want to attempt to understand the Mark Driscoll present and future we should look at his real estate acquisition past in the MHC era

For those who haven't read the post already there's a screen capture with the following statemeht:

Ted Gioia asks "why are investment funds obsessed with old songs?"

Of note:

More to the point: there’s one hot area in music that gets savvy financial investors excited, and only one—old songs. And the older the better. Here are some of the largest recent deals in the music industry:

  • Bob Dylan sells his entire song catalog to Universal Music for an estimated $400 million

  • Paul Simon sells his publishing rights to Sony for $250 million

  • The Beach Boys sell controlling interest in their publishing, recordings and brand licenses to Iconic Artists Group for an undisclosed amount

  • Neil Young sells 50% of his publishing rights to the Hipgnosis investment fund for an estimated $150 million

  • Stevie Nicks sells 80% of her songwriting catalog to Primary Wave for an estimated $100 million)

  • David Crosby sells his song catalog to Iconic Artists Group for an undisclosed amount

Gioia leans toward the idea that these old people have sold out but 

The sad truth is that songs lose most of their market value long before the copyright expires. Almost no song is worth much after eighty years. Do you doubt me? Consider some of the hottest music acts in the US in the early 1940s—Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, the Andrews Sisters, Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, etc. How much licensing income do you think their songs bring in nowadays?

Sarah Einselen at The Roys Report--Mike Brisk (who manages Robert Morris' office at Gateway) stated Morris doesn't provide oversight for Driscoll's church and hasn't for some time

Robert Morris also was the first to give Driscoll a platform after Driscoll resigned in 2014 from Mars Hill Church in Seattle for a pattern of “arrogance” and abusive leadership. Just days after Driscoll’s resignation, Morris welcomed Driscoll to speak at a Gateway Church conference, urging attendees not to believe everything they read on the internet.


Morris stated at the time that Driscoll was “going through a difficulty that most of you have probably read about.” Morris then claimed that not everything on the internet is true and added, “There are some pastors, myself included, and some others that you would know, that were speaking into his life — and he’s listening.”

Jimmy Evans is named as a director of Trinity Church on the church’s articles of incorporation. Also named as a director is Randal Taylor, who’s a chief strategist at a leading Christian marketing firm, Dunham and Company.


As recently as this past February, Morris, Evans, and Taylor were named on the website as providing “wise counsel,” but now their names have been removed.

However, Mike Brisky, who manages Morris’s office at Gateway Church in Dallas, Texas, told The Roys Report that Morris doesn’t provide oversight for Driscoll’s church, and hasn’t for some time.

“For over a year, Pastor Robert has not had any official position of oversight with Trinity Church but is available if counsel is sought by the church leaders,” Briskey said.

Brisky couldn’t say when Morris’s official position of oversight ended and didn’t answer how Morris planned to address the concerns raised in Freese’s open letter.

Brisky also didn’t specify whether Morris’s availability for counsel extended to all church leadership, including volunteers like Freese. (Freese said in his open letter he had felt led to fulfill the director of security role as a full-time volunteer.)

Perhaps a way to reformulate the question in light of what role the Board of Overseers had at Mars Hill Church in 2013-2014 (part of the Mars Hill Board of Advisors and Accountability) seemed to be as documented here and more generally here, it's never been clear that any formal oversight board actually did oversight of Mark Driscoll.  Let's not forget the MHC BOAA's initial response to news that Result Source was used to secure a #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list for Real Marriage.

BabyMetal--Gimme Chocolate

I have, at times, written about animation here and elsewhere.  I heard of this band thanks to their musical contribution to the animated show Unikitty!

Yes, I watch Unikitty.  

Anyway, BabyMetal did the intro song and, well, sometimes I listen to BabyMetal.

But's kinda like Unikitty.  I can't do more than one or two episodes at a time because it's kind of like mainlining sugar. Alison Brie doesn't voice Unikitty in the show, by the way, Tara Strong does, and Strong voices Princess Unikitty like she's Bubbles from the Powerpuff Girls in second grade after power-bombing eight liters of Mountain Dew.  

I don't think that's a bad thing, I own every episode of the original Powerpuff Girls series, btw and have written about it before.  In the era of binge-watching some stuff is fun but you shouldn't binge it.  You don't need a quart of gellato when half a cup will do. Some intense flavors are best enjoyed in measured doses when you're in the mood for them. 

Yep, this weekend I went from German music in the 1920s and 1930s through to Spanish post-Impressionist guitar sonata and ended up with BabyMetal.  A classicist can be a classicist in aesthetic stuff without having to have Romantic baggage about the idea that the shifts I just did are indicative of "cultural relativism". 

Antonio Jose: Sonata para guitar (1933) video w score

When I started this blog one of my goals was to blog about classical guitar literature that wasn't from the Spanish and Latin American traditions.  Within the realm of classical guitar Spanish and Latin music has the hegemonic influence in the West so I favored Austrian, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Czech, Polish and music from the Balkans.

I'm also anti-Romantic in my disposition as I object to Romantic art-religion ideologies.  All that said, Antonio Jose's 1930s guitar sonata is too gorgeous to not share.

Paul Hindemith: Sonata for flute and piano (w score)

Yes, yes, here in the twenty-first century he's not even remotely "in" but I still enjoy a lot of music by Paul Hindemith.  

Friday, June 04, 2021

revisiting Mark Driscoll's resignation from the presidency of Acts 29 and withdrawal from the Gospel Coalition

Even though it has only been a few years since Mark Driscoll resigned from Mars Hill there can be some confusion and misremembering as to whether Acts 29 removed Mark Driscoll and when and whether or not The Gospel Coalition removed Mark Driscoll.  Acts 29 didn't remove Driscoll and Mars Hill until 2014.  Previously, in 2012, Mark Driscoll himself announced he was withdrawing from presidency of Acts 29 and withdrawing completely from The Gospel Coalition.  It may be useful to keep in mind that the first quarter of 2012 saw Mark Driscoll shaking hands with T. D. Jakes as a trinitarian; the Andrew Lamb disciplinary situation became news; Real Marriage became a NYT bestseller; and there were plans to keep expanding Mars Hill.

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Dear Driscoll site has gone up, from what has been reported a bunch of things that happened in the Mars Hill years are unsurprisingly still happening at The Trinity Church

Just when the blog had finally settled into having virtually no readers except folks interested in other topics, there's been an eruption of online activity and coverage related to Mark Driscoll and The Trinity Church.

The above site is new and features a lot of material from the former volunteer director of security for The Trinity Church, Chad Freese.

There's a lot of material and it's material that, for longtime readers at least, can be cross-referenced to the mountain range of stuff discussed here at Wenatchee The Hatchet about the former Mars Hill church.

There are some passages that jump out ... 

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Mark Driscoll's spectrums of trust past and present (2011 and 2021), and the barnyard animals of ministry from Confessions of a Reformission Rev, 2006

Julie Roys has lately reported that there is a “spectrum of trust” code at The Trinity Church (as attested by former volunteer security director of the church Chad Freese):

On April 7, Freese said Mark Driscoll pulled the entire staff into a “training session.” Driscoll then reportedly drew his “spectrum of trust” on a dry-erase board, rating people’s loyalty from 0 to 10 to determine their access to Driscoll’s family.


Freese said Anderson then said that Freese’s security team was at a “level nine.” But because Freese and his wife had appeared in a picture posted on social media with former worship pastor, Dustin Blatnik, who reportedly had been fired by Trinity, Freese and his wife were a “level 8.”


Freese said that was the “tipping point,” and he officially resigned the following week.


Freese said what bothered him even more than the loyalty scale, though, was the slandering of the Manueles by Driscoll and other pastors.


Warren Throckmorton has also noted the spectrum of trust.

As extensive as Roys’ report is, there are more stories to tell. She mentions shunning, but there are more stories of families being shunned because they are not sufficiently loyal to Mark Driscoll. Roys introduces us to the very culty phrase “spectrum of trust.” The higher you are on the spectrum of trust, the more the Driscolls trust you and the more access to them you have. Sadly, if you not high on that spectrum, you may drag your family members down a notch or two. Ranking people in terms of their loyalty to the dear leader is a characteristic of a mind control group. An extension of that is shunning family members over loyalty to the dear leader.

That is certainly possible but rather than confirm or contest the statement about The Trinity Church being a mind control group I want, instead, to highlight that for those of us who were at Mars Hill or even those of us who left Mars Hill but kept tabs on Mark Driscoll’s prolific blogging at The Gospel Coalition and the Acts 29 blogs that the idea of a “spectrum of trust” isn’t the least bit new.

I read Driscoll’s numbered ranking 0-10 concept for enemies and friends back in 2011. Of course, the relevant posts were purged from both the Gospel Coalition website and the Acts 29 website so the material is only accessible via archive access or, barring that, material that was preserved at Wenatchee The Hatchet.  Because the blog posts were not necessarily preserved even by The Wayback Machine we’ll have to make do with what I preserved back in June of 2011 for the actual numbered ranking system itself.