Mark Driscoll and the North Pond Hermit

While I was away I didn’t pay much attention to the world of Churchianity. I ignored the TV Preachers. I didn’t pay attention to the various cults that we’ve highlighted here. Basically I did what I said I was going to do. I took a break, worked on syndicating my sports and other radio shows and spent time freelance sports writing.

It was important for me to do this. I needed it and now that I’m refreshed and mostly refocused I’m ready to get back after it.

One thing I did follow was the Mark Driscoll Mars Hill saga. Mainly I followed it through Michael’s blog the Phoenix Preacher. If you’ve never been to his site I suggest you do.

Anyhow, what a mess of a situation they have on their hands. They being the Board of Elders or as they call themselves The Mars Hill Church Board of Advisors and Accountability. I think they should call it the Thrown under the Bus Club because there have been plenty of Elders over the years who have found themselves right underneath the bus.

If you would like to read further you can visit here and I’m sure if you use Google you will find plenty more.

I can’t help thinking about all the people claiming to have been abused by some within that ministry. The Good Book instructs us to feed his sheep not to eat them alive.

I also can’t help but wonder if Driscoll showed the community Jesus. I know he talked about Jesus a LOT but did he show them Jesus? Doesn’t look like it as far as I can tell.

At the end of the day, regardless of how many public relations firms are hired, how many excuses are made or even how this all plays out Mark Driscoll knows what he did and what he didn’t do. More importantly so does the God he claims to serve.

Let’s hope Driscoll does what he’s supposed to do before God decides to makes him do it.

Did any of you catch the story of “The North Pond Hermit”? It’s an incredible tale and something I thought about doing years ago. Not because I was angry or disillusioned or for any other reason but to simply disappear.

Christopher Knight lasted 27 years out in the wilds of Maine by his own choice. He only spoke to one living soul during that entire time and all he said to that person was “hi”.

No heat no light no motor cars and not a single luxury. Plus the guy claims he never once was ill. He says you need other humans for that.

Oh the places I could go with this.

I enjoyed this bit in the article;

 One book Chris never stole was the Bible. “I can’t claim a belief system,” he said. He celebrated no holidays. He meditated now and then but did not pray. With one exception. When the worst of a Maine winter struck, all rules were suspended. “Once you get below negative twenty, you purposely don’t think,” he told me. His eyes went wide and fearful from the memory. “That’s when you do have religion. You do pray. You pray for warmth.”

It’s always that way isn’t it? Only praying when something bad happens or when we want something. Chris Knight gets a pass but The Good Book says we believers are to “pray without ceasing”.

I’m certainly not there yet.


Hillbilly Theology

Tonight Pastor Michael Newnham and I discuss what he defines as “Hillbilly Theology”. We also take a closer look at what exactly “Lectio Divina” is and why it doesn’t lead to Rome which is contrary to the accusations made by Mrs. Jackie Alnor.

To listen to the show from the site please click the link provided below. To save this program to your portable listening device please right click the link below and select “save as”.

“Erunners” amazing blog is found here.

Please Pray For Pastor Bob DeWaay

I saw rumblings of the following announcement on Facebook. It appears Pastor Bob DeWaay is no longer on staff at Twin City Fellowship. I wasn’t able to verify this on some of the bigger ODM sites so I was forced to Google to find the churches website. What reads below is exactly what is on the website…..

10/28/2010 — Update regarding Bob DeWaay:
We now have a clear picture regarding Bob DeWaay’s health issues. He has been diagnosed with Alcoholic Hepatitis. He is currently being treated and is making progress; the long-term effects to his health are yet unknown.

It is with great sadness that we have to report that Bob will no longer be a part of the leadership of Twin City Fellowship. Please keep Bob, his family, and Twin City Fellowship in your prayers.

Pastor Carl Johnson
Pastor Eric Douma                         (source)

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Alcoholic Hepatitis please see the following link.

Please join me in prayer for Pastor DeWaay and his family during this very difficult time……

Was My Prayer Biblical?

Recently I was reviewing my Prayer Journal (yes, I actually keep one) and I was forced to do a double take when I read a certain prayer over and over again. The prayer?

Lord, if you aren’t going to regenerate this filthy rat then please take this persons life and allow this person to be tormented in hell forever NOW!

Have you ever prayed such a prayer? Continue reading

Pastor Prays For Obama’s Death?

Check out this Pastor who claims he’s praying for God’s will to be done…….and this Pastor hopes that it’s in God’s will for President Barack Hussein Obama to die…….

That’s taking it a bit too far eh Pastor Drake?

Maybe we should all pray this nutjob Pastor gets his head out of his posterier and repents of this silliness.

“Let’s All Pray for Rick Warren Day” January 15 2009

Poor Rick Warren. Everybody is after him these days. The ODM’s despise him…the gays despise him…the Body of Christ despises him….the poor guy can’t seem to catch a break so I figured maybe he could use some prayer right about now so I’m calling for a Let’s all Pray for Rick Warren Day January 15, 2009….. Continue reading