Over 15 years ago, I took two week-long workshops on learning styles with Dr. Kathy Koch of Celebrate Kids, Inc. It was there that I finally understood some major ways that my brain processed information differently from how other people’s do. Turns out that my default setting on how my brain works best is when there’s a question asked or a problem to be solved. I truly don’t know what I think is AN answer – or THE answer –until I start talking aloud about the question or problem. And even then, it’s not the first thing that pops out of my mouth that is MY answer, it’s the last thing at the end of a trail of verbal processing, regardless of whether that took a long time or short.
There’s no easy predicting as to what questions capture my attention. It might be something mundane, or maybe something extraordinarily complex that will take me a few years of gathering information and reflecting on it before my brain is saturated enough with observations and analysis to yield a next-iteration interpretation or final opinion.
One of my favorite stories about how that works out comes from the last millennium. I was invited to give a guest lecture on culture to a seminary class in church planting. My professor friend introduced me and told a bit about my background in church planting and futurist studies and such, and then he said, “And Brad is someone who is working on answers to questions that no one else is asking yet.”
This post is about questions I’ve had that have emerged from the case study in allegations of spiritual abuse that Mars Hill Church in Seattle, and its co-founding pastor Mark Driscoll, have provided the U.S. Church. This is highly complex and grievous situation, and involves years of problematic leadership and labyrinthine organizational issues. I’ve been watching the situation especially since 2008 when I started research writing on spiritual abuse issues in depth.
Today also happens to be a day when some kind of important announcement is due from Mr. Driscoll. I’d been working on this particular series for a while and this seemed as good a day as any to begin posting. There are people in Mars Hill Church who may find help and hope from this series.
Here are short descriptions of the probable posts in this series. I’ll save extended descriptions for later, but thought I’d help to have an overview up front. Titles are tentative. (They’re kind of clunky, even if descriptive, so I’ll see if I can do better later.) Continue reading