……………………………………………Dear Robert Morris, Senior Pastor at Gateway Church in Dallas, I believe you owe the folks who have ever loved Mars Hill Church an apology. I watched a Youtube clip of the Gateway Conference in Dallas from a couple weeks ago where you made a little speech about how we ought to think about and behave towards Mark Driscoll. Robert, I would give you a pass if you were a young pastor. one is we could crucify him, but since someones already been crucified for him (big applause).
some of it is, he did make some mistakes”“When I say he made some mistakes, he preached for 10-12 years, 50 weeks a year, sometimes 6 services a weekend. I’m glad that he’s saying ‘help me, help me learn to do it differently.”“here’s what i figure: we’ve got two choices.
Plus, it was posted to the internet, where 100,000 folks have viewed it so far. The whole clip made me throw up in my mouth a little. I have two main issues: Your statements on the video were (and I quote):“I want you to know that everything you read on the internet is not true.”“most of what you read is not true.
And to make matters worse, your comment was in front of leaders at the Gateway Conference, who came to you looking for teaching (and modeling) on how to lead.
In the economy of family relationships, trust is both given and received as parents and teens gingerly pass it back and forth.
John Piper is founder and teacher of desiring and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.Aliya, a 20-year-old student at the University of Georgia, wears the hijab, or headscarf.She also wears clothes that cover everything but her face and hands, attire that is also referred to as hijab.About 100 emails have come in from listeners regarding Mark Driscoll, and your relationship with him. Some of our sins, he is saying, are hidden to ourselves. We have flaws and sins that we cannot ourselves fathom. We desperately need to take seriously what wise counselors tell us about ourselves. But what if you can’t even after others tell you what they see you look and you don’t see it in the way they see it. Well, in order to have any integrity, I think you have to go with what you see. I think the trend among some mega churches to put in place outside councils with authority that are not based in the elders of the local church is an unbiblical, unwise approach towards church leadership.Mostly the questions are centered on whether you now regret partnering with Mark Driscoll in the past? There were flaws of leadership attitude, flaws of unsavory language that I think is just wrong for Christians to use, flaws of exegetical errors, say, in regard to the Song of Solomon. The psalmist cries out: Who can discern his errors? If we have sins that are hidden from ourselves, then perhaps they are not hidden to others and we do well to listen. Otherwise you would be always jerked around by everybody on the street that tells you they see something and you say: Well, I don’t think it is there. And Mark stood down and that is, you know, probably a concession to yes much of what you say is true and probably it is a measure of I don’t think you saw me right. I mean, Paul and Barnabas couldn’t work together because they did not perceive their own flaws. I think the biblical pattern of leadership is that every church should have a team of elders, vocational, non vocational, all with one vote.For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.