Mark Driscoll was greeted by pickets on the street when he preached at a church in Mill Creek, and by an on-line protest petition bearing 3,000 signatures when he appeared on stage at the Hillsong Conference in Sydney, Australia.
But the co-founder former senior pastor of Mars Hill Church, the Seattle-based megachurch which imploded last year, is back in the pulpit — numerous pulpits.
Driscoll and his wife, Grace, will do a video interview at the Hillsong Conference in Europe, in London on July 22, with Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston. Houston interviewed Driscoll in Sydney, after announcing days earlier that Driscoll had been dropped from the program.
Driscoll will be on the move in late summer. He preaches at the Muldoon Community Assembly Church in Anchorage on Sept. 5-6, and appears a week later in Carefree, Ariz., at the Men Coaching Men Discipleship Leadership Conference.
He rounds out the month with a Sept. 26-27 appearance at Trinity Church in Lubbock, Texas.
Driscoll resigned as senior pastor at Mars Hill Church on Oct. 15, 2014, and the church announced its dissolution two weeks later. Within weeks, however, Driscoll was up with a website, offering and marketing his past sermons.
The protests to his Sydney appearance centered on provocative, misogynist states in years past. He once warned, using a pseudonym on a chat room, that the United States was becoming a “pussified nation.”
In a famous sermon, Driscoll stated: “Knowing that his penis would need a home, God created a woman to be your wife. And when you marry her and look down, you will notice that your wife is shaped differently than you and makes a very nice home.”
At Hillsong, Driscoll said he is shocked — shocked — when he reads those words today.
“It’s one of my greatest regrets in life,” he said. “I can’t read some of the things I said in text — I feel horrified that I shared some of this sentiment — that perception of what I think about women is entirely my fault. I have no one to blame but myself.”
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