Warren Throckmorton has the details, which are evidence of one thing: Mars Hill knows that something is wrong with the book even if they won’t admit it- else they wouldn’t be pulling it.
Yet more evidence that schools go to extreme lengths to punish children for even thinking about weapons: A 10-year-old Georgia boy was suspended for a day after he pretended to shoot an entirely imaginary arrow at another student. Administrators told the boy’s parents that he could even be expelled.
Johnny Jones is a fifth grader at South Eastern Middle School. A few weeks ago, he was walking back to his desk when a friend aimed a folder at him and shot it like a gun. Jones retaliated by pulling back his arm as if releasing an arrow from an invisible bow. Whether either of the imaginary projectiles hit their target is unknown, since neither actually existed.
Oh. Come. On. Such stupidity burns. America… the place where two ten year olds can get in trouble for using pretend weapons but real guns in every hand are ok… From American Culture, oh Lord, deliver us.
Israel’s prime minister proves he is not the smug, petty, vindictive, waffling, in-your-face insulting man he seems. He’s something worse. The problem is not so much that the prime minister had first informed the South African government that he would, in fact, attend the ceremony, alongside Presidents Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, French President Francois Hollande, and scores of other world dignitaries, among them Iranian President Hassan Rohani, in what is expected to be a world gathering unprecedented in scope.
Nor is the basic problem the fact that the decision was made so abruptly and with such lack of consultation, that the office of President Shimon Peres was thrown for a loop, and it was unclear if arrangements could be made to have Peres represent Israel in Netanyahu’s stead. The problem is the reason Netanyahu chose to give: Money. The trip would cost too much. The problem, then, is the message Netanyahu has chosen to send: My Israel, which so craves and demands legitimacy and recognition as a full partner in the community of nations, does not consider a man like Nelson Mandela, or a nation like South Africa, or the sentiment of an entire world, worth the price of a plane flight. In sending this message, Benjamin Netanyahu has treated the passing of Nelson Mandela as he does every challenge in statecraft: He has addressed one problem by creating another.
That Israelis elected this buffoon of a caricature of a statesman is far more mystifying than the election of George Bush the second time he ran for office. he is a dreadful little thing and his continued presence on the world stage is a disservice to the good people of Israel.
The toad will happily fly around the world to chat up Aipac and have American Christian Zionists wet themselves for a chance to have their photo taken with him, but he refuses to be dignified. He’s disgusting.
Richard summarizes things as they presently stand and then adds a couple of points that are new to me:
However, this [i.e., Tyndale Publishing House] is not the only source of pressure on Mefferd: some of Driscoll’s previous books are published by Crossway, and Wartburg Watch observes that Crossway’s VP of Editorial Justin Taylor took to Twitter to warn that “I wouldn’t recommend authors go on @JanetMefferd’s show after she pulled this during an interview with @PastorMark”. What is this, if not the “machine” of which Schlueter writes?
Indeed. Taylor’s remarks are appropriate only for a person who is clearly trying to silence any opposition to Driscoll’s plagiarisms. They are, in fact, nothing but a thinly veiled threat. Taylor might as well come out and honestly say as he implies, ‘… if you go on Mefferd’s show, we won’t publish your stuff’. Taylor is a part of the strong-arming mafiosa mentality which Mefferd evidently heeded. Then Richard writes
Pastor Driscoll has always struck me as a controlling and somewhat sinister figure, so I’m not surprised that he appears to believe that he can use other people’s work unattributed and not expect to be challenged for it.
Indeed. And that, further, he can get silenced anyone who does. In Mefferd’s case it has worked. And that’s a shame. This whole sorry affair, kicked off by Driscoll’s self evident falsehoods and theft of intellectual property is a black eye on authentic Evangelicalism. Those responsible, including publishers calling themselves Evangelically oriented, really ought to be ashamed of themselves. But they aren’t. They’ve money to earn, privileges to protect, and wagons to circle.
Police in Sunbury, Pennsylvania arrested a pair of newlyweds who used Craigslist to lure a man to his death “because they wanted to kill someone together.” Elytte Barbour told the officers who arrested him that he and his new wife, Miranda, had planned on killing someone before they were married, but that their plans never worked out until the victim, Troy LaFerrara, responded to an ad for “companionship” they placed last month. According to Elytte Barbour, 22, his 18-year-old wife Miranda regularly hired herself out as a “companion” for men. “She is not a prostitute,” he told the Daily Item of Sunburg. “What she does is meet men who have broken marriages or have no one in their lives, and she meets with them and has delightful conversation.”
Hell, open wide, these two will be welcomed home to your maw in due course. And people, don’t use Craigslist. These are the sorts of monsters waiting behind the door for you. When you go to that stranger’s house he or she may well be luring you to your death. Don’t. Go.
Jonathan Merritt has it- Ingrid is quoted as saying
I was a part-time, topic producer for Janet Mefferd until yesterday when I resigned over this situation. All I can share is that there is an evangelical celebrity machine that is more powerful than anyone realizes. You may not go up against the machine. That is all. Mark Driscoll clearly plagiarized and those who could have underscored the seriousness of it and demanded accountability did not. That is the reality of the evangelical industrial complex.
And then Jonathan writes
The “situation” to which Schlueter refers is the plagiarism allegations made against Mark Driscoll by Janet Mefferd. RNS reported on these allegations here and here. Evidence supporting Mefferd’s claims were posted on the radio show’s website. They were later removed after Mefferd apologized to her audience for making the allegations in public. It seems likely that, at the very least, Schlueter did in fact resign. I say this because I called and spoke with Mefferd moments ago. I asked her to confirm whether Ingrid Schlueter resigned. She responded, “No comment.” I asked a round of six follow-up questions about Schlueter and whether Mefferd still believes the allegations she made were true. Each time, she responded with “no comment.”
That Driscoll and his minions are willing to silence critics says everything that needs to be said about both his putative Christianity and his pseudo-theology.
Read the rest of Jonathan’s essay.
… it seems that Mefferd faced tremendous pressure and criticism from Tyndale House Publishers and Driscoll’s allies, one of whom called for an interview boycott of her show. One of Mefferd’s producers, Ingrid Schlueter, even resigned in reaction to the criticism. Schleuter used to work for VCY America’s Crosstalk (whose host is her father, Vic Eliason). But she left in 2011, warning that “the mafia crime families have nothing on ‘Christian ministry.’”
I am absolutely disgusted by Tyndale. Instead of honestly and properly pulling Driscoll’s plagiarisms they’ve doubled down and are defending his actions AND, evidently, attempting to muzzle anyone who speaks out about it.
Well, Tyndale, muzzle me. Go ahead, try. In the meanwhile, I will be urging people who are actual Christians to abstain from purchasing anything you sell and I myself will NEVER, EVER again buy, use, read, or mention anything you produce.
I cannot, I will not, I refuse to aid and abet a company more interested in profits than truth. ESPECIALLY when that company operates under the esteemed name of one of Christianity’s greatest advocates of truth. Tyndale House Publishers, your actions vis-a-vis plagiarism disgust me.
The only course of action left to you is an apology to consumers and public repentance for your defense of a plagiarist simply so that you could sell his theologically bankrupt rubbish.
With thanks to Joel Watts for the RightWing Watch web story.
Or as we say in the South, ‘he ain’t right’ or, if we really want to denote mental disorder, ‘bless his heart’ or just ‘bless’ for short. Here’s the more than ample evidence.
Another example of uncited material has been uncovered in a book written by Pastor Mark Driscoll. In this case, it occurred in the book he and his wife, Grace, wrote in 2012, called“Real Marriage” (Published by Thomas Nelson; 2012). This example first was noticed and cited by the blog Wenatchee the Hatchet on Sept. 30, 2013:
The following is an excerpt from Mark Driscoll’s 2013 book, “Who Do You Think You Are?” (Published by Thomas Nelson; 2013)
In Chapter 12, entitled “I Am Forgiven,” on pages 163-166, Pastor Driscoll writes two sections on forgiveness, with the subheads: “Seven Things Forgiveness Is” and “Seven Things Forgiveness is Not.”
Roughly two years before, on May 20 and May 21, 2011, church planter and pastor Ron Edmondson wrote two blog articles, which he posted at www.RonEdmondson.com, with the exact same titles and remarkably similar content to Pastor Driscoll’s book…
See the link at the commencement of the post here for the details and all the evidence. Driscoll isn’t an accidental plagiarist, he is an intentional thought thief. His publishers, whoever they are, owe it to ethics to drop him.