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 ...

Mars Hill responds to the book marketing story, and I respond to their response

This evening Mars Hill released the following statement on the book marketing story, which I’ll copy here with a few interjections and comments. In 2011, outside counsel advised our marketing team They begin weakly by blaming an anonymous third party. Whatever the advice, the marketing team accepted the advice, as did Mark Driscoll, who solicited ...

Are you famous enough to write for Mark Driscoll?

Are you famous enough to write for Mark Driscoll?
In light of Steven Furtick’s $1.7 million book mansion and the Mark Driscoll plagiarism and ghostwriting story, Andy Crouch and others have been examining the role of celebrity in the Christian publishing world. Along those lines, a sharp-eyed PP reader noticed the author application form for Driscoll’s new publishing house, Resurgence. If you’re interested in writing for ...

Of ghostwriters and elephants

Of ghostwriters and elephants
What did Mark Driscoll know, and when did he know it? Not about the plagiarism. About everything. As is becoming clear, when Mark Driscoll isn’t plagiarizing others’ work and thoughts, he’s relying on uncredited ghostwriters to write his sermons and books. Some Christian leaders are starting to call Driscoll and others out on the way ...

How we went from “Here I Stand” to “My Bad”

How we went from
Almost 500 years ago, Martin Luther stood before his disputed writings and refused to renounce them. Last week, Janet Mefferd, shortly after her writings had been criticized, apologized and deleted them. Both had pointed out and criticized corruption in leading religious authorities. Both had truth on their side, yet their responses are worlds apart. How ...

If Mark Driscoll is looking for another conference to crash, here’s one.

If Mark Driscoll is looking for another conference to crash, here's one.
Here’s the perfect conference for Mark Driscoll to visit with more of his free books.

On Driscoll, it’s a straight red

On Driscoll, it's a straight red
Many others have been covering the Mark Driscoll plagiarism story well, though I have a few observations that come from my experience as a college professor where I sometimes deal with this, and where, unlike with Mr. Driscoll so far, people actually suffer consequences for what they do. The paraphrasing of other people’s ideas and ...

Who are we to condemn Thomas?

Thomas usually makes a pretty easy target for our condescending judgments. So often and firmly do we judge him that we usually can’t think of his name without appending the required doubting adjective. Why? What was his crime? He wanted to see and touch Jesus’ crucifixion wounds. He had heard the news, but he wanted ...

Filthy Roman Sponge

Filthy Roman Sponge
  Troubling. Thoughts?