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I, and I'm quite sure many other people, will be watching this new development very closely.
But seriously,fuck those guys in the ear. Fucking mars hill motherfuckers.
Broadway, or The Nexus of AIDS, as it is more familiarly known, is more like a mile hike up the hill.
1) Perhaps their intent is to bring their brand of religion into an area they see as full of homo sin which then of course causes AIDS and stuff, and their message will magically turn people tempted into such a dangerous and wicked lifestyle away.
2) Or maybe they intend to poach the sinners dying of AIDS into converting before they die.
Or something like that.. vile as they are, churches like this are at least fairly predictable.
I have an old friend who is a "pastor" at a church built (as far as I can tell from my very, very safe distance) on the Mars Hill model. He has gotten progressively weirder and impossible to carry on a conversation with over the years, to the point that I just sort of passively keep up with him and his family on the Facebook and leave it at that.
Lately, they've decided to adopt a kid, and they have decided to particularly adopt one from South Korea. I have no idea why, but I get the impression that they seem to think they will be rescuing someone from abject poverty, even though Seoul has a better standard of living than an awful lot of places in the US and A.
(It seems to me that if they want to do a kid a favor, they should adopt one from South Dakota...but I digress.)
Anyway, that's kind of what this whole "we want to be close to Capitol Hill so we can 'minister' to the wretched people with AIDS" thing makes me think of.
Also, I cannot stop giggling over "Gaydos" in any of its possible pronunciations. But especially "Gay[Hairdos]".
Do this for a couple weeks. Less feelings of persecution, more of humiliation.
Grow up, and try and use more words than just the f word lots.
Did you not see the bit where the sermons at MH are delivered by monitor, and not in person? How is a telecast worship service any different from TV & Internet running people's beliefs and lives.
We know you are one person posting under different monikers: you can't even hide your poor mastery of English. Is this an "outreach effort?" How many people do you think you're going to persuade here? Try a different church that isn't so much about entertainment complex and megalomania, or think about what you really get out of MH.
Hint hint: check Yelp.com, joyfulexiles.com. Try to think about the value of "shunning" in a "loving church committed to following Jesus."
I'm no apologist for Mars Hill, and would not join it, but it does sound like they do practice some good works, and I don't think every member shares the same views as Mark Driscoll...but it's obviously offering something people want, or it wouldn't be growing.
I've seen that scenario played out over & over: the whitewashers, even the true believers (aka dupes) don't make things any better, because they're not coming from a position of actually caring. They don't see those who they help as real people, but as nobodies who should feel overwhelmingly grateful that 'the chosen,' 'the saved,' 'the good people' have deigned to help them.