Things I Think
1. Now we’re getting somewhere…Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill fired another pastor last week for refusing to sign a non disclosure agreement. Such moves are meant to accomplish two things. One, punish the dissident and two, strike terror into the hearts of those who might think likewise. It usually works well…because those sympathetic to the dissident offer nothing but sympathy.
Not this time.
While it is troubling beyond words that social media is now the court of last resort in American evangelicalism, we’ll take what the Lord gives us.
The steps to dealing with these corrupt organizations are becoming clear.
1. Walk out. Leaders and lay people alike need to leave these groups and do so publicly.
2. Speak out. Tell your stories and tell them so they will be heard.
3. Help out. Support the victims and reformers in every way you can.
I’d like to than Mars Hill for providing me with the final chapter of my book as well…
2. I decided to celebrate the Los Angeles Kings victory last night by eating one of Trey’s Tootsie Pops. I finished the celebration by spitting out the teeth it broke . Hockey is a tough sport… 🙂
3. Tullian Tchividjian is getting a bunch of heat for an apology he wrote in the aftermath of his scathing, honest response to receiving the left foot of fellowship from The Gospel Coalition. I don’t get why…he simply is doing what everyone wants leaders to do by checking his own heart and attitude. The demand for scorched earth on both sides of a conflict is as sinful as the offenses that garner exposure in the first place.
4. It can’t be overstated enough that if Mars Hill either topples or reforms it will be because leaders led sacrificially and both walked out and spoke out about the abuses in place. Reform starts at the top and it starts from within.
5. The finest moment in sports is when after an brutal playoff series in hockey both teams form a line and shake hands with all the combatants on the other side. The church needs to watch more hockey…
6. So…we trade five terrorists for one traitor, but Saeed is still in prison? Really?
7. The hardest thing for me to communicate is that even though we write about the bad stuff in the church continually, the church is still God’s chosen instrument and it is wonderful far more often than it’s harmful. You are the church, I am the church, and we’re just undergoing a course correction in the church. We’re going to be fine when we get home…
8. “Summertime is always the best of what might be.” Charles Bowden.
9. “The spirit never manifests itself but in the song; the singer is the vehicle, the voice of the spirit. Song and spirit are one and the same thing.” Klamath Indian shaman.
10. I’m not sure what upsets me more…leaders in the church that lie, or people that refuse to hear the truth…
I’m still on a limited schedule here and still covet your prayers.
I can always be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or concerns.