Case study on Mark Driscoll, a former council member at The Gospel Coalition (TGC): how his shady behaviour led to his eventual downfall, but only after having deceived swathes of naive churchgoers (including his fellow council members at TGC, which boasts the likes of John Piper, Tim Keller, Don Carson, Albert Mohler, etc.).
And it all started with a Christian radio host who cared enough to expose his blatant dishonesty.
Article describing the shady behaviour of Mark Driscoll:
There are so many parallels between the above incident, and the controversy I recently got embroiled in, regarding two incompetent and intellectually dishonest preachers.
Also, in case it looks like I’m somehow doing this by ill motives (actually I find it a silly waste of time, if not for the sake of exposing the unscrupulous preachers for their lack of integrity): I actually came across the above by chance. It started from an article about Francis Chan, then googling his name, which led to the following short chain of articles:
(this is where it started; also, it’s a good read on Francis Chan’s honest attempt at Christian leadership)
(this article explicitly mentions Driscoll’s plagiarism controversy, with links)
<quote>I love this man and his teaching here illustrates one of the reasons why: he’s honest enough to admit he’s still a work in progress just like you and me.
In this lesson Francis talks about how dumb he was sometimes made to feel in seminary and how that caused him problems later in life. Not too many years ago he presented an academic paper at a major conference that he hadn’t written but passed off as his own because he wanted to appear smart, only it turned out to be a disaster.
It was so “heady” he didn’t even know what the paper was talking about in places, and nobody told him there would be a Q & A session after his presentation. He couldn’t answer the questions, was found out and pretty much humiliated in front of a group of famous Bible scholars and pastors!
I’m glad he shared about this, because I too struggle with insecurity, wanting to be liked and thought of as smart to the point that it’s sinful. His words are a great reminder how silly pursuits driven by insecurity really are.
Update: the aftermath (TL;DR: Mark Driscoll resigned from his preaching post)
<quote>3. Character Matters as Much as Doctrine
In conservative evangelical churches, we often determine “who’s in” and “who’s out” by doctrinal and theological precision and pay less attention to the fruit of the Spirit. Doctrine matters, for sure, but the Apostle Paul commanded Timothy to watch his life, too. And I worry that we are slow to see some leaders’ “life” not lining up with godly character as long as their doctrinal checklist turns out to be sound.
<quote>PDCSD – Post Dysfunctional Church Stress Disorder
The collapse of Mars Hill released a tidal wave of hurt, disillusioned people. Many quit Mars Hill; some quit church or Christianity altogether. Hundreds limped into other area churches, asking about church bylaws and pastoral pay structures before even introducing themselves.
(Apparently, as recently as this year, 2017, Mark Driscoll continues to blame everyone but himself, accompanied by more shameless lies.)