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 >>
While promoting the release of his latest DVD for the film "God's Club," well-known Baldwin brother Stephen revealed that he is connecting with a church in New York City to start a Bible study that will help young people who are lost, depressed or confused.
"I just found in my heart that what young people are seeking more than ever is to be challenged with an authentic encounter and experience with truth. That's what I believe young people are looking for," Baldwin told The Christian Post.
The actor maintained that he's gearing up to host the Bible study because after visiting many churches that focus on youth in the city, he felt there was still something missing. Baldwin contends that as much as young, hip churches are "blessing" the younger generation with music and a practical kind of Bible teaching, that really only goes so far. more >>
A Mainline Protestant pastor has been found guilty of not serving gluten-free bread during communion and has been defrocked for her indiscretion.
Frankie Shaver, senior pastor at Cheap Grace United Methodist Church, is now the former senior pastor of Cheap Grace United Methodist Church.
Shaver was found guilty on Wednesday by a tribunal headed by members of the Kansas-Alabama Board of Ordained Ministry. more >>
Christians should be encouraged to "come as [they] are" this Easter season, Pastor Rick Warren wrote in a devotional post this week.
Warren, who oversees Saddleback Church in Southern California, wrote on Tuesday that some Christians may have the misconception that they need to "clean up [their] act" before they can present themselves to Jesus.
The megachurch pastor says that while Christians may think they need to do this, in fact the opposite is true. "The truth is, God doesn't expect us to clean up our act before we approach him. The death and Resurrection of Jesus is God's statement on that. Jesus spread out his arms and said, 'I love you this much. Now, just come as you are,'" Warren says, adding that, as Psalm 57:3 notes, God's death on the cross proved his unconditional love for us. more >>
After nearly two tumultuous years at the center of an ongoing scandal that includes allegations of plagiarism, fostering an abusive work environment, and most recently racketeerig, embattled pastor Mark Driscoll is relying on Scripture to maintain his perspective on life as he prepares for the launch of a new church.
In an email to The Christian Post Tuesday, Driscoll shared a Scripture that has helped him throughout his present ordeal.
"This Scripture has been a great help to me," he wrote, citing 1 Peter 3:8-11, which includes the passages: "Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit … " more >>
In what could be deemed as a re-introduction to the faith community, Pastor Mark Driscoll attended NewSpring Church pastor Perry Noble's Most Excellent Way to Lead Conference in early March and shared a new vision for himself and his ministry.
"I genuinely am in a season of learning," Driscoll told Pastor Perry Noble during an on-stage interview that recounted the ex-Mars Hill pastor's early years in ministry — which Driscoll likened to being a kite in a hurricane — and only hinted at the demise of Mars Hill Church.
Driscoll explained that God is preparing him for a new role in his ministry. "I really feel that the next season that God is preparing me for is to minister as a father, as a spiritual father, who has the same affection and devotion and heart for people that I do for my own children," he said. "And I'm a pretty emotional, affectionate, present dad — by God's grace — and I feel that that's the next season of leadership that God has for me." more >>