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Friday, August 1, 2014

Former Colleague Charges Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll with Plagiarism

Posted by on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Pastor Mark Driscoll
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Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll hasn't recovered from his last plagiarism scandals, and now he's facing a whole new set of plagiarism charges from an old associate. Warren Throckmorton says that early in his career as a celebrity pastor, Driscoll referred to the importance of three different fields—"Gospel, the church, and culture"—in maintaining a healthy church. But now that Driscoll's woes are in the spotlight, Throckmorton has been approached by someone from Driscoll's past:

Driscoll’s formula has been cited by other church planters and authors since then. However, according to a former close colleague, Ron Wheeler, Driscoll lifted those concepts from work Wheeler did while developing the first Acts29 Network church plant in Mt. Vernon, WA — The Gathering. Wheeler was in the room when the Acts29 Network was organized and spent much time with Driscoll in the early days of Mars Hill Church.

Throckmorton posted several examples of similar wording from pieces written by both Wheeler and Driscoll. Additionally, Wheeler says Driscoll called him on the eve of his book's publication to thank him for his uncredited contribution to the book:

As far as the phone conversation, Mark called and basically said “my book Radical Reformission is being released tomorrow and I don’t remember if I asked you or not, but I used your parachurch, fundamentalism and liberalism categories on the gospel/church/culture model. Thanks bro.

Go read the whole post. And if you care about this issue and want to see it change, I urge you to read Brendan Kiley's new feature about the problems with Mars Hill Church, and why people are protesting at Mars Hill's Bellevue campus this Sunday at 9:30 am. And if you're willing to lend your support to the protesters on Sunday, I'm sure they'd love to have you.


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seatackled 1
He did not plagiarize. He copied those words by himself, with no help from anyone else.
Posted by seatackled on August 1, 2014 at 4:20 PM · Report this
Yes but who will play him in the inevitable Hollywood film? Chris Pratt? and will it be filmed in Seattle?
Posted by Jude Fawley on August 1, 2014 at 4:32 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 3
At what point do the Mars Hill people demand he leave for the good of the church? Seriously, if any of you bother to read this: THIS guy, Driscoll, is irrelevant and not a factor in your salvation. Get a better pastor.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on August 1, 2014 at 4:33 PM · Report this
word3 4
A problem here is that ANYone involved with this church is suspect. Even former MH "faithful". They embraced a fundamentalist, intolerant theology (sugarcoated to appeal to kids). And they were mistreated.
Wow! How could that have happened? I would love to protest MH but not to make it better. To destroy it.
Posted by word3 on August 1, 2014 at 5:06 PM · Report this
Fnarf 5
If I was a religious man, and my pastor ever called me "bro", I would find another as fast as humanly possible.

This creature has been so poisoned by his concept of masculinity that he's turned into a giant glistening penis himself.
Posted by Fnarf on August 1, 2014 at 5:24 PM · Report this
What is this obsession Slog has with an irrelevant "church"? I just don't get it, the amount pixels and angst Slog puts into this shit. Weird. Must be you need to use up the space that Goldy used to fill with real commentary and news. Now it's all about Mars Hill and music no one gives a rat's ass about. About which no one gives a rat's ass.
Posted by rabbitbrush on August 1, 2014 at 6:34 PM · Report this
Fnarf 7
What is all this obsession with rabbit brushing, anyways? Who cares how a rabbit grooms himself? Or herself? And why, or how, is a rabbit brushing a rat's ass?
Posted by Fnarf on August 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM · Report this
Driscoll looks to have a bit of the lead singer from Creed in him.

Just beat a few Mark-ass tricks into him until he convinces himself and burns away into another Seattle zombie.

It's only righteous.
Posted by nobody_significant on August 1, 2014 at 11:23 PM · Report this
Posted by nobody_significant on August 1, 2014 at 11:35 PM · Report this
awwww jeah.

You totally spoke ill of the holy spirit, dude.
Posted by nobody_significant on August 1, 2014 at 11:39 PM · Report this
@7 You need a new hobby.
Posted by David from Chicago on August 2, 2014 at 4:04 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 12
Should we go over to Bellevue and support the supporters of a man who has attacked gays from the pulpit and women? Are the protesters somehow more progressive and inclusive than the asshole Mark Driscoll?

Let them cannibalize themselves out of existence I have more important things to do on Sunday morning.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on August 2, 2014 at 6:33 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 13
You lost me at the whole "going to Bellevue" part......
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on August 2, 2014 at 7:07 AM · Report this
Who cares? @6 is right.
Posted by sarah70 on August 2, 2014 at 11:09 AM · Report this
Sandiai 15
@5, Wait. You're giving giant glistening penises a bad name.
Posted by Sandiai on August 2, 2014 at 8:25 PM · Report this
Sandiai 16
To the troll: We just hate hypocrits. And bullies. And people who take advantage of other people.* And plagiarists, too. Especially when they themselves call themselves righteous. You don't think his behavior is "bad"? You think evil should be tolerated? I happen to think it shouldn't. I think it should be called out.

I guess we agree to disagree.

*It's why Slog rages against homophobia and racism and sexism: They're just not very nice.
Posted by Sandiai on August 2, 2014 at 8:48 PM · Report this

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