Is an eating disorder considered a sin? Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll answers, including a response that Satan's oppression and idolatry can sometimes be culprits.
In a video message posted to his website Monday in response to a female viewer's question about whether anorexia nervosa is sinful, Pastor Mark Driscoll opened up a larger discussion about the societal pressures on physical appearance many women and men face. Those pressures are often exacerbated by celebrity and social media. Driscoll offered suggestions on how to combat the viewer's challenge.
According to WomensHealth.gov, per the National Eating Disorders Association, the average American woman is 5'4'' and weighs 140 lbs., while the average American model is 5'11'' and weighs 117 pounds. "All too often, society associates being 'thin' with 'hard-working, beautiful, strong and self-disciplined,'" the report said. In contrast, being "fat" is associated with being "lazy, ugly, weak and lacking will-power." more >>
Social media has its way of getting people in trouble and unfortunately, Vanessa Hudgens had to learn her Instagram lesson the hard way as it has recently been confirmed that the actress has paid off the $1,000 ordered of her for vandalizing a rock wall in Arizona's U.S. Forest Service land.
In documents obtained by The Associated Press, it is said that Hudgens agreed to resolve the misdemeanor count filed against her for carving the names "Vanessa + Austin" on one of the red rocks known to many tourists in northern Arizona.
Aside from paying off the vandalism fine, the 27-year-old also gave out information on where to find the rock where she and boyfriend Austin Butler carved their names. As for the amount she paid, volunteers from Friends of the Forest used the money to restore the said rock wall. more >>
Arizona-based Trinity Church pastor Mark Driscoll used humor to discuss the topic of dinosaurs in the Bible in a video newsletter this week.
In response to a viewer seeking answers after being challenged on why the Bible doesn't seem to mention the existence of dinosaurs — despite irrefutable scientific evidence that they once existed — Driscoll used a bit of humor to clarify whether or not the extinct creatures are discussed within the sacred text.
To those who question the Bible as to why dinosaurs aren't explicitly discussed, Driscoll quipped, "Because it's not the movie 'Jurrasic Park.'" The Bible isn't a blockbuster film, but a salvation story, the pastor added. "The focus of the Bible is not on animals, it's not on plants, it's on God and people," he said, explaining that animals are "backdrops on the stage" within the volume of the 66 books. more >>
After a few state presidential primary elections took place this spring, there were cries of voter disenfranchisement due to the surprisingly long lines some voters encountered at the polls. Now there is an outcry that voters were deliberately disenfranchised, with calls for election officials to resign, including hearings taking place in the Arizona state legislature.
But was there really voter suppression? And why would elected officials, under intense scrutiny with all the media today, risk something this illegal?
Many of the accusations are from Donald Trump supporters, and since it is generally Democrats who are accused of voter fraud (hence their insistence on not requiring ID to vote), it makes no sense why Republican elected officials with long-standing reputations would risk their careers, reputations and prosecution in order to illegally interfere with an election — a felony that would likely result in prison time. more >>
Tattoos are celebrated by some to be a creative outlet for self-expression and individuality, while others have quoted the Bible to oppose body ink. Arizona-based Trinity Church pastor Mark Driscoll attempts to answer this oft-debated question: Is it OK for Christians to get tattoos?
In a video newsletter posted to his website this week, Driscoll said that while he doesn't have any tattoos, and neither do his wife and teenage children, he isn't opposed to them. "I'm not against 'em, but [I] just don't have one," he explained. There was, however, one caveat.
"When it comes to tattoos, there's only one place in the Bible that seems to say you can't get a tattoo," the pastor said, and referred to Leviticus 19:26-30. more >>
Ex-Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll's attempt at a new beginning was somewhat overshadowed Easter Sunday as protesters gathered outside Driscoll's new Arizona-based Trinity Church to warn congregants of the pastor's alleged misdeeds.
Although few in number, protesters held signs that read: "Trinity = Mars Hill" and "Where'd all the Money Go, Mark???" alluding to the allegations surrounding the embattled pastor's tenure at the now defunct Mars Hill Church.
Protester Bob Sluys, a former member of Mars Hill, according to a report from KCTV5 News, yelled to parishioners as they entered the building, "Ask Mark, but he won't answer! His [Driscoll's] empire was built on the back of unpaid labor, volunteers, abusive culture, and all for Jesus' fame." more >>