A nationwide network of Christian bookstores has pulled books authored and coauthored by Mars Hill Church senior pastor Mark Driscoll from its shelves.
“Lifeway stores and Lifeway.com are not selling Mark Driscoll’s books while we assess the developments of his ministry,” the chain’s chief publicist Marty King said in a statement.
The company has 180 Lifeway Christian stores and also sells books and other products online.
The statement was first sent to Rob Smith, a former program director at Mars Hill who organized a demonstration of ex-members last week at the church. Smith is assembling charges against Driscoll expected to be released later this week.
The action followed by a day a decision by the Acts 29 evangelistic network to drop Driscoll and Mars Hill from membership. Driscoll is cofounder of Acts 29, which now embraces more than 500 churches around the world.
Mars Hill was deleted from the Acts 29 church director page for the state of Washington.
Seven directors of Acts 29, in a letter Friday, told Driscoll: ”Based on the totality of the circumstances, we are now asking you to please step down from ministry for an extended time and seek help.”
The loss of Lifeway could be a hit on Driscoll’s financial lifeblood. He has written or coauthored 15 books. Lifeway advertises itself as “one of the workd’s largest providers of Christian products and services.”
Lifeway is associated with the 16-million-member Southern Baptist Convention. A motion to stop selling Driscoll’s books was made at the Convention’s 2009 conference, but was not adopted.
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