The highly influential Acts 29 Network of churches and church planters have removed their co-founder and one-time leader Mark Driscoll from membership. Several pastors on the Acts 29 leadership team sent Driscoll a letter detailing what they called “ungodly and disqualifying behavior,” saying they “feel that we have no alternative but to remove you and Mars Hill from membership in Acts 29.” You can read the full letter here. On their website, Acts 29 leadership posted:

It is our conviction that the nature of the accusations against Mark, most of which have been confirmed by him, make it untenable and unhelpful to keep Mark and Mars Hill in our network. In taking this action, our prayer is that it will encourage the leadership of Mars Hill to respond in a distinctive and godly manner so that the name of Christ will not continue to be dishonored.

The move comes on the heels of a series of troubling revelations about Driscoll, including a compilation of some years-old online comments he made under the fake name “William Wallace II.” Driscoll has since apologized for the comments, pointing out that he had already directly expressed regret for the Internet postings and his early “angry prophet days” in previous books. However, the full scope of the comments have created a firestorm of controversy around the frequently controversial pastor. Driscoll has yet to publicly respond to the Acts 29 letter …