An attempt to understand the corporate ties that confuse even Liberty University

An attempt to understand the corporate ties that confuse even Liberty University
Liberty University continues to try to distance itself from the announcement that it had entered into a partnership with Benny Hinn that would lead to a new crop of Hinn-ordained pastors the world over. I’ll have another post on the people involved in the announcement, though I decided to abandon that for a moment and ...

Perry Noble’s Overwhelmed book is dishonest and dangerous

Perry Noble's Overwhelmed book is dishonest and dangerous
Perry Noble has garnered himself a lot of positive press lately for his acknowledgement that he takes antidepressants to deal with his long-term depression. I assumed that the antidepressant news was a teaser for a more detailed account of his decision in the book. Not so. Perry Noble’s book on dealing with depression contains not ...

How do I get my own concierge pastor?

How do I get my own concierge pastor?
In Mark Driscoll’s apology to Mars Hill last week, he reassured us that he was well cared for by his own team of pastors. I have been a pastor for a long time, but have not had a close pastor since college. I now rejoice that God has been gracious to give me pastors for ...

How Mark Driscoll pockets the money he gives to Mars Hill

How Mark Driscoll pockets the money he gives to Mars Hill
Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill have been defending some of their actions relating to the deceptive marketing of the Real Marriage book by claiming that Driscoll had given much or all of the money he had made from the book to the church. Driscoll told a meeting of church leaders that he and his wife were ...

NewSpring and Perry Noble are also Result Source clients

NewSpring and Perry Noble are also Result Source clients
NewSpring contracted with Result Source to “market” Perry Noble’s first book, a New York Times best seller, a spokesperson for NewSpring church confirmed today. According to NewSpring’s public relations director, Susanne Swift, the church paid $30,000 for the service and purchased 11,000 copies of Unleash! “for use in our Resource Centers and for other uses.” Result Source markets ...

Mark Driscoll prepared hundreds of Mars Hill leaders to “push, push, push” his book

Mark Driscoll prepared hundreds of Mars Hill leaders to
In late November 2011, just five weeks before the release of the Real Marriage book, Mark Driscoll met with the church’s Community Group leaders to brief them on how they could help promote what was described as a “Real Marriage campaign.” (It’s unclear exactly how many people are in the meeting, though questions had to be ...

See how the Result Source campaign made Mark Driscoll a half million dollars (Updated)

See how the Result Source campaign made Mark Driscoll a half million dollars (Updated)
On Friday Mars Hill posted an announcement where they assured us that Mark Driscoll  “did not profit from the Real Marriage books sold … through the Result Source marketing campaign.” At the time, I found the statement difficult to believe, because the whole point of the $210,000 “investment” was surely to profit from it. Even ...

So much for the Reformation

When I started reading Calvin’s works a few years ago, I was surprised at how contemporary and fresh they were. One of his books, The necessity of reforming the church, perfectly describes the church in our own time, and you don’t even need to be a Calvinist to see that his diagnoses were right. It turns ...

On Driscoll, it’s called inurement, and it’s probably illegal

Mark Driscoll may have imperiled his church’s nonprofit status and, with it, cost his congregation millions of dollars in tax deductions. I am neither a lawyer nor an accountant, but I can read IRS publications that describe the kind of hot water that Mars Hill Church and other churches can get into when they use ...

Celebrity pastors are selling their pulpits for commercial gain

Celebrity pastors are selling their pulpits for commercial gain
What would you think of a pastor who preached to his church in front of billboards advertising the newest Cadillac or Monster Energy drinks? Would you find it acceptable for a pastor to paste advertising all over the stage, filling the space with branded messages in the finest traditions of NASCAR? Would it make it ...