Not so fast with the hook, maybe?
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  • Not so fast with the hook, maybe?

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This morning, I told you that the Acts 29 Network, the organization of evangelical churches co-founded by Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll, publicly ejected Driscoll and Mars Hill Church from their ranks. They also urged Driscoll to step down from his position and "seek help."

Now, Warren Throckmorton at Patheos published Mars Hill's response. (Spoiler alert: They're standing by their man.)

In a letter e-mailed to Mars Hill elders and the church's general membership, the chairman of the Mars Hill Board of Advisors and Accountability, Michael Van Skaik, and board member Larry Osborne admitted that the church is working on "serious reconciliation and unhealthy culture issues" that have plagued Mars Hill "for way too long." Van Skaik and Osbourne say they have never met the A29 board members, and that they haven't heard from A29 on the issues in this morning's letter. They go on:

Be assured of this, the formal charges that were filed were serious, were taken seriously and were not dismissed by the board lightly. There is clear evidence that the attitudes and behaviors attributed to Mark in the charges are not a part and have not been a part of Mark's life for some time now.

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The letter also complains that A29 would take their issues public without coming to Driscoll and the board first. Then they vow to pray for all involved—I'm pretty sure that's evangelical Christian-speak for "go fuck yourself."

For more information about Mars Hill's self-professed "unhealthy culture issues," you should read Brendan Kiley's feature on Mars Hill from this week's paper.