Daily Archives: December 2, 2013

More Depraved Driscoll-ian Plagiarism

Zwinglius Redivivus

With more than plenty of evidence.

Another example of uncited material has been uncovered in a book written by Pastor Mark Driscoll. In this case, it occurred in the book he and his wife, Grace, wrote in 2012, called“Real Marriage” (Published by Thomas Nelson; 2012). This example first was noticed and cited by the blog Wenatchee the Hatchet on Sept. 30, 2013:

(H/Thttp://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2013/09/real-marriage-chapter-7-part-2.html)

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The following is an excerpt from Mark Driscoll’s 2013 book, “Who Do You Think You Are?” (Published by Thomas Nelson; 2013)

In Chapter 12, entitled “I Am Forgiven,” on pages 163-166, Pastor Driscoll writes two sections on forgiveness, with the subheads: “Seven Things Forgiveness Is” and “Seven Things Forgiveness is Not.”

Roughly two years before, on May 20 and May 21, 2011, church planter and pastor Ron Edmondson wrote two blog articles, which he posted at www.RonEdmondson.com, with the exact same titles and remarkably similar content…

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What Divides Us?

… “The beginning of the end of violence comes when we see the humanity in the other. The beginning of violence comes when we forget the humanity in the other.”

Closeness goes with empathy, dignity, reconciliation, peace and, ultimately, love.

Distance goes with objectification, labels, animosity, hatred and, ultimately, violence and war.

In the most extreme of cases, the parents in this Israeli-Palestinian parent circle live out love. They don’t talk about peace, they make peace. They make peace with their choices. They make peace with their comfort and support of each other. They make peace every time they have to explain to family and community members why they are not seeking revenge. They make peace every time they choose to channel the hurt and pain not into destroying, but creating beauty.

As this father said in broken and heavily accented English, I don’t want to try revenge. Revenge doesn’t work.

After a while, I began to think of my life against the backdrop of their story. I began to think about my family, my friends and my community against this story of reconciliation and redemption.

What divides us?

What separates people who were once friends?

Is it simply distance? Have we generalized or assumed the other person’s story or motives? Have we stopped seeing their humanity—their hurt—and substituted only their guilt, their wrong and the justice we seek from them?

Have we let little things create so much space that our insecurities and imagination have created a monster that doesn’t exist?

Have we returned perceived slights with violence of our own? Have we traded slander received with gossip of our own?

Have we walked away from peace talks because we are right, we deserve justice, we are entitled to pity, being the victim, perpetuating hostility?

Read More Here: http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/171559-what-divides-us.html

Healing for the Holidays

Holidays… They’re supposed to make us think of words like “Thankful,” “Merry,” and “Happy.” We’re supposed to associate holidays with a phrase like “Home for the Holidays!” But… what if a loved one is not coming home this holiday season? What if death, divorce, distance, or family discord causes us to associate the holidays with words and feelings like “Loss,” “Depression,” “Loneliness,”  “Anxiety,” “Painful Memories,” and “Stress”?  Continue reading →