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Mars Hill pastor and author Mark Driscoll is being accused of lifting several portions of his book A Call to Resurgence without properly crediting the works’ original author. Christian radio show host Janet Mefferd recently had Driscoll on her broadcast, and pointed out the writings that appeared to have been directly lifted from other sources without correctly crediting author Dr Peter Jones. Mefferd later posted images of the writings in question on her website. Driscoll, who says that he is a friend of Dr. Jones and mentions him in the book's footnotes, said it was possible that a mistake was made, but was clearly surprised by the accusations. (You can listen to the interview here.) He also claimed that nothing improper was done intentionally, as the interview’s tone became increasingly confrontational.

Following the interview, Mefferd tweeted that Driscoll hung up on her because of the questioning, though a raw audio file showed that Driscoll did not hang up on the host during the interview. In response to the radio appearance and accusations, Driscoll’s publisher issued a statement saying, “Tyndale House Publishers was provided a recording of the show by representatives of Pastor Driscoll. A number of people at Tyndale reviewed the tape and were stunned, not only by the accusations, but by the belligerent tone of Ms. Mefferd’s questioning … Tyndale has taken immediate steps as in the process of reviewing the section of Pastor Driscoll’s book that has been called into question. Pastor Driscoll has also reached out to Mr. Jones and we expect to be able to release some information on his reaction to the interview very soon” … Discuss

Mark Driscoll wants to hash out theological differences with John MacArthur—in front of thousands of people. The latest dispute between the two pastors/authors started a few weeks back, when Mark Driscoll made an unannounced appearance at John MacArthur’s “Strange Fire” conference, where he began giving away copies of his new book. Because Driscoll didn’t have formal permission to promote his books at the event beforehand (though, he says some of the pastoral staff gave him the green light after he arrived), the impromptu signing was eventually shut down by church security. The weird run-in caused somewhat of a stir online, and now, Driscoll wants to meet with MacArthur face-to-face to patch things up and discuss church teaching. The theme of MacArthur’s conference (and his new book), take issue with the Charismatic movement and the theology of its leaders. Driscoll’s latest book (which is on the same theme of his upcoming Resurgence conference), also discusses the future of popular church movements from a somewhat different perspective. In an open letter posted on the Resurgence site (in which he describes the awkward book signing incident in detail), Driscoll has invited MacArthur to the conference to discuss their differences.

Despite taking numerous shots from you over the years (some of which I deserved, as I had erred and needed to publicly repent and grow by the Spirit’s grace), I have never responded publicly with anything negative regarding you … In our respective books, we offer very different visions for what faithful, biblical Christianity should look like in light of a culture increasingly opposed to biblical truth. I am convinced there is a more biblically faithful alternative than tribalism and cessationism [believing that some gifts of the Spirit have ceased] … At this point, I believe what would honor Jesus is for us to sit down and talk … I will pay for your travel. I will give an honorarium to you or any ministry you choose … I would also post our discussion in its entirely—without any editing—for free online …

You can read Driscoll’s entire letter here … Discuss

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