Daily Archives: 21 Mar 2014

So Driscoll’s Publicity Company Paid to Have Charisma Magazine Publish a Puff Piece…

Warren Throckmorton has unraveled a bit of the craziness which is the latest manifestation of Driscoll’s manipulative maneuverings.

Who really wrote this puff piece on how beleaguered Mark Driscoll is being attacked by “the enemy within” (AKA Janet Mefferd and the former members and leaders of Mars Hill Church).  Is it Bill Roberts or Russ Jones or did Lyall Mercer really write it? …

Whoever wrote it, it comes across as an advertisement for Lyall Mercer’s curious views on church PR. Remember pastors — who need to be pastors and not celebrities — that the first thing to do when people call you to accountability is to call the PR person to make sure your apologetic messaging will respond strategically to the nasty messengers who bring the facts.

Note to CharismaNews, it certainly isn’t news. A news story would have included commentary from Janet Mefferd and some of the former pastors and members who are going public with their concerns and experiences while at Mars Hill.

Probably the best thing for both places to do is to take the article down and start over with some real journalism.

This sad plagiarism affair just gets more and more twisted.  Now that spin control isn’t working, maybe hiring a PR company can do damage control.  Or maybe not.  Especially when their PAID ADVERTISEMENT appears in Charisma Magazine as a news report…

Charisma appears to have the same ethic as Driscoll.  Small wonder his PR team thought it best to place the ad with them.

UPDATE:  Warren updates his post with this new info- Christian News Service removed the Lyall Mercer article from the CNS website.

UPDATE II: Well lookie here- Charisma has removed an entire string of comments – many of which called on them to offer a balanced presentation which contains the facts.


Warren Throckmorton tweets in explanation- @charisma_news removed comments with truth about article.

Sad, isn’t it.  So much, then, for integrity in ‘Christian’ publishing in those quarters.


Posted by on 21 Mar 2014 in Total Depravity


Women Who Attend Southern Can Get A PhD in Old Testament…

As long as they only ever teach women….*


Wow.  I guess they can get a PhD in NT as long as they only teach other women too. And perhaps even Housekeeping (which of course they wouldn’t need to teach men anyway, since that’s women’s work and women should only teach womenly stuff to women and never to men…).

I guess, though, that Al has never read Galatians 3:28.  Or maybe a woman told him about it and so he just couldn’t believe it.

Good thing that Al and his ilk weren’t there at the resurrection, because the women who left the tomb were the first to announce the Risen Lord and poor Al wouldn’t have been allowed to be taught by them so he would have had to ignore them…

*From the facebook. The friend’s info has been removed.


I. What? What??

I’m speechless.

A 25-year-old Washington man accused of putting his 6-week-old daughter in a 10-degree freezer for about an hour to stop her crying was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison.  Prosecutor Mark Lindquist says Tyler Deutsch pleaded guilty on Jan. 31 to first-degree assault for beating his infant daughter and putting her in the freezer. She has fully recovered, but the prosecutor calls the crime horrible and inexplicable.

Etc.  Theodicy.  Theodicy.  Theodicy.

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Posted by on 21 Mar 2014 in Theodicy


This Is Why America’s Policy Makers Must War

The military-industrial complex owns this country.  Pure and simple.  Just as Eisenhower warned it would.  War is America’s business and where none exist, we must create them.


The politicians (of both parties) are servants of the war industry and every decision they make is aimed, ultimately, in enriching defense contractors.  If you imagine things otherwise, you’re either willfully blind or sadly uninformed.

Accordingly, the bluster of the far right concerning Russia with not so veiled insinuations that military action is a legitimate course are simply suggesting such in service of their owners- Lockheed Martin, Halliburton, and Boeing.


Posted by on 21 Mar 2014 in Modern Culture, Total Depravity


Thanks For Nothing, Duke


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Posted by on 21 Mar 2014 in Modern Culture


The Awesomely Learned Joan E. Taylor is on the Twitter

You’ll want to follow her.


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Posted by on 21 Mar 2014 in Modern Culture


I’m So Beloved In Sheffield…

That they have named a Street after me…  Behold:


So, there it is.  You’re welcome.

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Posted by on 21 Mar 2014 in Humor, Theology


Man United Schadenfreude


Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, and of course Bayern Munich will be the last four standing.  Farewell Man United.  Farewell.

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Posted by on 21 Mar 2014 in Modern Culture


1177 B.C.



Posted by on 21 Mar 2014 in Modern Culture


The Strange Case of the Wal-Mart Toe Sucker…

Ok… I.  Just.  How.?

Police say a man in North Carolina sucked a woman’s toes at a Wal-Mart after he convinced her he was a podiatry student and persuaded her to take off her shoes.

Detective Dennis Harris said the woman agreed to try on several pairs of shoes at the discount store in Lincolnton, and that at some point during the process, the man stuck her foot in his mouth. Harris said the man apparently tried the same thing at another Wal-Mart 15 miles away, where he told a woman he was conducting a survey on the feet of different races and nationalities.

The second woman also agreed to take off her shoes, but left when the suspect asked her to remove her socks.

Erm….  Say, Has Joel Watts been in North Carolina lately?  Or, more likely, has Chris Tilling?

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Posted by on 21 Mar 2014 in Modern Culture


More Pastoral Misconduct

Up in Connecticut

The pastor of the Stratford Baptist Church has been arrested, charged with stealing thousands of dollars from an elderly parishioner.  Robert Genevicz, 67, has been charged with first-degree larceny and turned himself in to police on Tuesday. He has been released on a $50,000 bond.

Police launched an investigation into Genevicz in May 2013 after more than $170,000 disappeared from the account of a parishioner. Genevicz had been appointed power of attorney and then conservator for the elderly woman.  Attorney Joseph Mager, the victim’s current conservator, said the investigation started when a probate judge noticed inconsistencies in Genevicz’s financial reporting and a forensic accountant studied the transactions.  “After an evidentiary hearing, a probate judge had ordered that $103,000 was missing from the estate,” Mager said.  However, a news release from police said investigators were able to link Genevicz to the theft of more than $170,000.

Proving, once more, that the love of money is the root of every sort of evil.  But, why?  Some elderly lady trusts you and you destroy her in response?  That’s not just depraved, it’s purely evil.

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Posted by on 21 Mar 2014 in Total Depravity


The Wanton Clothed in Purple

Zwingli was witness of the shifty policy of the Pope (Leo X.) during the negotiations which preceded the imperial election. He was also aware of the machinations of the same Pope against Luther.

Writing to Rhenanus on March 21, 1519, he thus expresses himself on both points, and promises to do his part in opposing such designs:

“It pained me that the man-pleaser, or, if you prefer, the cuckoo [i. e., the Pope], is entertaining designs against the rising theology, like the Frenchman’s [the French King’s] against Germany.… May Christ so order it that I may be able—at least to some extent—to disclose the shamefulness of this wanton clothed in purple, that by this means Israel may see the light which has come into the world, and that Christ is dishonoured by her.”*

The fun thing about 16th century writers is their ability to turn a phrase. That talent is lost for the most part these days among theologians and biblical scholars and it’s a shame. A well turned phrase sticks in the mind.  In fact, I bet that when the Pope is mentioned today you’ll remember ‘the wanton clothed in purple’.

*S. Jackson, Huldreich Zwingli: The Reformer of German Switzerland (1484–1531) (pp. 128–129).

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Posted by on 21 Mar 2014 in Church History, Zwingli