The controversial former pastor of Seattle’s Mars Hill Church officially opened a new church in Arizona on Sunday.
Mark Driscoll’s name is now on The Trinity Church in Scottsdale. He preached two sermons Sunday morning focusing on the Biblical stories of Jonah.
“We tend to think if things go well it’s from the Lord and if things are hard it must be from Satan. Let me [tell you] sometimes hard things come from God,” Driscoll said in his sermon, which was broadcasted publically on the church’s website. “Sometimes God will allow us to endure hardship for two reasons: to change who we are and where we are.”
Driscoll left Seattle after multiple allegations of wrongdoing, including that he bullied people within the church. A lawsuit followed with accusations of misuse of funds. Driscoll has called those false and malicious allegations without any merit.
He spoke about the last two years Sunday and mentioned his family.
“Our family is here because of a storm … a storm in our own life and in the middle of it, we prayed and God gave of his word to my wife and myself… at two separate times,” Driscoll said. “We surrendered to the Lord in the midst of our storm so that God could do work in us and move us to this place for mission.”
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SOURCE: KING 5