Basically, Nobody's Talking About the Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Accusations

If you've been following the saga of a bevy of plagiarism accusations leveled at Pastor Mark Driscoll, good luck, because there's not much to follow. Following a heated exchange in which syndicated radio host Janet Mefferd brought Driscoll on her show and said he'd copied words and ideas without citation, and followed that up with a number of photographed copies of his work alongside some suspiciously similar writings of D.A. Carson and Dr. Peter Jones. However, despite several reporters going to these authors and Tyndale House, nobody appears to be saying much. Tyndale said they'd given a "thorough in-house review" and felt everything was properly cited. Dr. Jones said he wasn't making any statements. D.A. Carson said the same. Driscoll has kept quiet on it as well. So, all's quiet for now, though as Mefferd told Religion News Services, “I think it is entirely likely that more will come to light" ...

Update: One more person who's suddenly and surprisingly not talking about this: Janet Mefferd. She's removed all references to the broadcast and her photographic documentation of the plagiarism from her site, and issued an apology for not taking things up with Tyndale first.


Shawn Nickerson


Shawn Nickerson commented…

and now Janet's blog has mysteriously disappeared.

Phil Davis


Phil Davis commented…

and now Janet has mysteriously disappeared...

Bible mafia

Max Schellenberg


Max Schellenberg commented…

Kinda of reminds me of this
"1 Corinthians 6 (ish) Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, 6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? 7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? 8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers![a]"



jpalm commented…

She says she didn't think it would blow up like it did? C'mon now, she seems like a smart woman. Pastor Mark is one of the biggest names in the Christian arena right now. Anything negative brought against him is going to gain traction. This was a juicy story and she knew it and chased after that dangling fruit of calling someone out - something that would guarantee more listeners/readership/ad revenue. That's the worldly response. The world seeks to 'call out' and bring down others. I would have hoped she would have some people around her advising against what she did. We've got to be different from the world! BUT, she owned up to it, apologized, and took steps to rectify it... and that's big. Maybe God will use it as a catalyst for something good.

Sean Chandler


Sean Chandler replied to jpalm's comment

Exactly! She knew exactly what she was doing.

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