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Mark Driscoll: On the road from rock-star pastor to pariah

The Mars Hill Church empire appears to be imploding. 

NEW YORK TIMES

21 ex-pastors complain to Mars Hill about Driscoll

They formally ask church leaders and advisers to investigate the charismatic leader for what they say is abusive and intimidating conduct.

SEATTLEPI.COM

Bookseller halts sales of Mark Driscoll’s work

Lifeway, a major Christian bookselling company, says it has suspended sales of Mark Driscoll’s books  “while we assess the developments of his ministry.”

SEATTLEPI.COM

Mark Driscoll kicked out of evangelical group

A social networking group for evangelicals voted to remove Mars Hill Church founder Mark Driscoll from their board of directors, calling his behavior “ungodly and disqualifying.”

THE STRANGER

Mars Hill service draws dozens of protesters

The crowd in Bellevue questioned the leadership of Pastor Mark Driscoll.

SEATTLEPI.COM

David Horsey: No party has ever been so focused on religion as today's Republicans

Throughout U.S. history, there has been an understanding that politics and religion don't go together well. But imagine the trouble Jefferson might face for trying to remove the supernatural from the Bible.

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Joel Connelly: Mars Hill members step forward after Driscoll claims critics are 'anonymous'

Critics use Facebook page to tell the church leader, No, we are not anonymous.

SEATTLEPI.COM

Mark Driscoll: Mars Hill problems have been "overwhelming and a bit confusing"

"Saying he wanted to give the church an update on 'one of the deepest learning seasons' of his life, Mark Driscoll delivered a 30 minute video message via the Mars Hill weekly update yesterday."

PATHEOS

Timothy Egan: God's busy summer

People who have taken faith and transformed it into fanaticism are invoking God's name to wage their political causes, often in atrociously immoral fashion. Now, five justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seem to believe they need to invoke his name as well. 

NEW YORK TIMES

Pope Francis: About 1 in 50 priests are paedophiles

"Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that reliable data indicates that 'about 2%' of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles. The Pope said that abuse of children was like "leprosy" infecting the Church, according to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper."

BBC
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