What Can We Learn From the Mars Hill Shutdown?

Mars Hill Church began as a small gathering in Mark Driscoll’s home in 1996 and soon became one of the fastest-growing churches in the country. But the church that was praised just last year as one of the “Top Churches to Watch in America” has been the subject of much controversy lately, stemming primarily from its hyper-masculine, strongly opinionated founding pastor. The Puget Sound Business Journal recently ran an article stating that there are rumors of Mars Hill declaring bankruptcy (the Puget Sound region of Washington was home to several of the church’s locations). Even if such rumors are false, they are indicative of the dramatic decline in both popularity and organizational stability the church has seen in recent months. On January 1st, 2015, Mars Hill Church will officially dissolve. Continue reading What Can We Learn From the Mars Hill Shutdown?

Responding to “Is This the End of ‘Evangelicalism’?”

Skye Jethani addressed President Obama’s inauguration committee’s decision to boot Louie Giglio from praying at Mr. Obama’s second inauguration in an article on January 22, 2013. Jethani notes that Giglio, an evangelical, got the boot because somebody dug up a sermon in which he expressed opposition to practicing homosexuality, whereas a Catholic got to pray at the Democratic National Convention, despite the Roman Catholic Church’s well-known opposition to homosexuality and gay marriage. Because evangelicals are supposed to be on the cutting edge of adapting to culture and society, their refusal to approve of homosexuality and same-sex marriage dashes them on the rocks of hypocrisy. The Roman Catholics who insist upon wearing funny hats and swooshy robes are okay because, no matter what funny views they hold, at least they don’t claim to be hip. Continue reading Responding to “Is This the End of ‘Evangelicalism’?”