Things I Think
1. Now that we know that the Mars Hill elders found Mark Driscoll “guilty of persistent sin “and had created a biblical process of discipline and restoration, we need to exhort them to finish the process biblically. Because Driscoll chose to resign instead of following the process, the only option left is to excommunicate him. He should be put outside the fellowship of the church and barred from the Lords table until such time as he repents and submits to church discipline. This should be made public…”told to the church” so that all are aware and other churches can honor the actions of the elders. This is what Driscoll and his lieutenants preached and did to many attendees in the name of love…so let it be done to him. Let church discipline do it’s intended work…which is not to punish, but to bring an unrepentant sinner to repentance and restoration.
2. The funniest thing I heard all weekend was Paul Smith saying he was starting a blog…because I’ve heard what he has said about bloggers in the past.
3. It falls to my sorry lot to identify all the players in the Chuck Smith family scandal so that you, the reader, can wade through the cesspool with some measure of understanding.
The first set of players are Brian and Cheryl Brodersen.
Cheryl was Chuck Smith’s youngest child and according to many, his favorite.
This did not sit well with her siblings and has been a bone of contention for decades.
She has a very successful women’s ministry at CCCM.
Brian was an associate with CCCM for many years before taking over the senior pastors position and has been a target for those who expected his ascension for almost as many.
The second set of players are Janette Smith Manderson and her brother Jeff.
Manderson brought the lawsuit, but most insiders believe Jeff is the person driving the bus.
This is a financial and family matter, not a theological or ecclesiastical one, in my opinion.
The third set of players are those who want Brodersen deposed for theological and ecclesiastical reasons.
They want things to remain as they were circa 1980 or so and see themselves as the true disciples of Chuck Smith.
They loathe the changes Brodersen has made at CCCM and the direction that he’s driving the Calvary Chapel brand.
Some in this camp also lust for the power, resources, and influence that comes with Costa Mesa.
Therefore, sets two and three have become strange bedfellows with one common goal…to evict the Brodersens from Calvary Chapel.
Now, I have no little experience in reporting on issues with the second and third groups.
It’s never been easy and it was often downright dirty.
So… when you see anonymous people posting dirt about the Brodersens without any evidence being presented, take it with a whole bag of salt.
When you see posters like “victorious” being accused of being on Brodersens payroll, understand that such lies are the tactics often employed to discredit any opposition.
Here’s one fact you can bank on…no one involved with escape this mess whole…and the most damage will be to the legacy of Chuck Smith.
4. Make an note…the people in charge of the media are the people with the power. Driscoll lost access to all of Mars Hills social media and lost control of the narrative. The Brodersen opponents have no access to CC media and are left with making Youtube videos on an iPhone and Facebook. Advantage, Brodersen.
5. The victims in these situations are the people who are fed conflicting narratives full of half truths and speculation who are left not knowing what or who to believe. Many will be led into sin and confusion by people fighting over an earthly kingdom.
6. I am not unaware that most who click here today will not be looking for edification, but for dirt. This weighs heavily on my soul.
7. I’ve been asked what I think about the Ebola crisis. I’d like to answer intelligently, but almost all the information was politicized so fast that separating fact from fiction is almost impossible.
8. The absolutely tragic fact about both the Driscoll and Smith family stories is that everybody involved claims Christ and this is the best they can come up with…
9. The rains have come to Oregon and I’m grateful for God’s provision while missing the sunshine.
10. I’m more grateful for the few true friends I have in my life daily than the hundreds of cyber ones I have on Facebook… I’m not sure some folks know the difference.
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