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Friday, April 4, 2008

Everclear to Play Mars Hill Church

posted by on April 4 at 9:11 AM

As if you didn’t have enough reason to hate Everclear (the domestic violence, the last 10 years of shitty albums):

On Saturday, April 5th Mars Hill Downtown has the privilege of hosting Everclear as they play a benefit show for a local Seattle homeless ministry. The proceeds from this event will go to support New Horizons Ministries, a Christian service agency whose mission as a multi-cultural organization is to be in relationship with homeless and street involved young people, serving and loving in the way of Jesus, equipping them to leave street life.

Showtime is 8:00 pm on Saturday, April 5th and doors will open at 7:00 pm. All tickets are for general admission seating and will go on sale at 10:00 am on Thursday March 24th. Tickets available exclusively through for $15 plus service and other fees.

In case you’re just tuning in, here’s some choice sermons from Mars Hill (thanks, ECB):

God does not want women to have jobs. Their role is to get married, stay at home and have as many babies as possible. (Conveniently, birth control is immoral, too.) “Women will be saved by going back to that role that God has chosen for them. Ladies, if the hair on the back of your neck stands up it is because you are fighting your role in the scripture.”

Women also should not seek leadership roles, either in society (“There is no occasion where women led a society and were its heads and the men complied and followed. … It’s a matter of Biblical creation”) or in the church (“Every single book in your Bible is written by a man.”)

Homosexuality is an abomination. People who are gay can change. “Your banners, your floats, your buttons—they’re not good. It’s just like letting cancer come into a body… until the cancer consumes the body and kills you. … We will extricate the cancer, and if that person who has the cancer is repentant and wants to kill the cancer, then we’ll welcome them back. But they have to accept that anything but one man, one woman, one God, one life is sexually immoral.”

Evolution is a lie. Humans were descended from a man named Adam created by God a few thousand years ago. “The lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. This is the making of the first human being, our father Adam. We all descend from him and there was no human life before this man.”

Hell is a real, physical place, and“it’s hot. Real hot.”

More ECB on Mars Hill here.

And here’s Mars Hill pastor Tim Gaydos interviwing Art Alexakis:

(Thanks to Line Out tipper Joshua)

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i'll still foxwit World Of Noise tho

Posted by lar | April 4, 2008 9:43 AM

Having a band named after a 190-proof alcohol playing for their followers - that's rich.

Posted by Madashell | April 4, 2008 9:55 AM

Gross. Wow, Art looks like he's about 90. I had no idea he was so full of crap.

Wow, I can have rock music and tattoos and still hate women and gays? Awesome!

Posted by Levislade | April 4, 2008 10:24 AM

I was bummed when I saw the ad for this the
other day. I used to really like them.. :(

Posted by Jedd! | April 4, 2008 10:48 AM

Both are worse than I thought! Together sounds like a black hole of suck and spit.
Mars Hill what a fucking joke! Go ahead and call this stay at home dad a sinner you tattoo wearing pieces of poop!

Posted by Biggie J | April 4, 2008 10:55 AM

I would love to see a Stranger write-up on New Horizons. They have been ubiquitous in street ministry, and I have heard mixed things about them.

Posted by Chris Estey | April 4, 2008 11:00 AM

glad to see someone pointing out that Mars Hill, for all its pandering to youth culture, is not a progressive religious institution. my parent's american baptist church in colorado springs (hometown of Focus on the Family) is more forward-thinking than the Ballard "rock church"

Posted by brian cook | April 4, 2008 11:08 AM

Biggie, what a sinner you are. Repent, I say!

Posted by Madashell | April 4, 2008 11:46 AM

Whoa... Everclear? At freakin' MARS HILL?!! That's like the perfect storm of douchebaggerey.

Posted by Will Penguin | April 4, 2008 12:08 PM

Oh hey, for anyone who wants to read an entertaining bit where Art A. gets into the fray in the 'comments' sections of an article about him and makes a total ass of himself:

Posted by Will Penguin | April 4, 2008 12:11 PM

I thought he was "happy in hell with his heroine girl......."


Posted by Ty | April 4, 2008 12:14 PM

Who gives a shart what venue they're playing in? It's a charity benefit for christ's sake. You don't have to be a football fan to play at the superbowl.

Posted by Jeremy | April 4, 2008 12:28 PM

Also, it's important to note that this is a charity benefit for a homeless youth ministry called New Horizons Ministry, which states on its website that it is dedicated to "serving youth without regard to religious beliefs, race, color, gender, national origin, sexual orientation or handicap." I'd play at the Republican National Convention if the proceeds got kids off the streets.

Posted by Jeremy | April 4, 2008 12:47 PM

the irony is thick with this one

a "rock" band playing at a "church"
Everclear doesn't come close to rocking
nor does Mars Hill represent much of anything Jesus said or did.

when will these folks get a collective clue and realize they're irrelevant to everyone outside of their own little world they've built around themselves.

give it up already.
to Mars Hill: you should read the Bible sometime, you may be startled about what it actually says.

to Everclear: just ditch the electric guitars and theatrics and join Wayne Newton on the Vegas circuit.

Posted by suckfest | April 4, 2008 2:13 PM

Jesus was a guy who walked around in our neighborhoods and loved and served the people the world would tell us weren't worth it. This is a historical truth that noone debates anymore. That's what we do at New Horizons Ministries, and Mars Hill is a supportive partner of ours. We're just trying to equip and empower the lives of Seattle's street youth and Everclear has a heart for this work as well. I serve as Development Manager here at New Horizons Ministries and would love the opportunity to share more about our work, and how Jesus fits into it. We don't worry about religon so much, just Jesus. Peace....

Posted by Edward Fedele | April 4, 2008 2:58 PM

I also noticed in the ad in the Stranger that it seems that Supergenius Tattoo is sponsoring this. Damon Conklin (owner) is a religious nut who treats his female employees (the few that he has, mind you) like trash. If you don't like Mars Hill and what they stand for, boycott Supergenius Tattoo as well!

Posted by bunnypuncher | April 4, 2008 3:16 PM

might as well boycott the stranger too, they accepted money to run an ad for mars hill!

sarcasm is hard to shower online.

Posted by sir jorge | April 4, 2008 3:23 PM

When will we get some evangelical luv from...


*breaks ten sheets of thick ice with elbow for the lord*


Posted by mackro mackro | April 4, 2008 3:23 PM

This is good news that Everclear and Mars Hill are doing this benefit to raise money for Seattle's street youth. I say boo to all of the negativity on here and Yeahhhh to helping the street kids!

Posted by Tom | April 4, 2008 3:32 PM

Fuck 'em. They deserve each other.

Posted by Angry Sam | April 4, 2008 6:55 PM

@15 - why dont you tell the people on this thread more about what you do? "Serving youth" is a pretty vague way to put it, dude.

By "serving" do you mean helping them get food, shelter, and hopefully jobs? Or do you mean indoctrinating them with backwards right wing ideas, or both?

Jesus was cool and is still very much relevant in modern life. You seem nice, but a blanket term of "serving youth" doesn't say much of anything.

Oh yeah, and if you don't think that the ideology of Mars Hill Church matters because they're supporting your organization, then get real. Would you accept a public donation/charity event from say, NAMBLA? They'd sure like to serve some youth I'm sure.



Eric Sullivan

Posted by E | April 5, 2008 1:36 PM

lol go get em sully!

srsly tho, estey: you should write that article

the power team used to come to my PUBLIC junior high and explode hot water bottles with their lungs for jesus. i wasn't impressed, but when they tore a phone book in half, i converted. that shit is HARD!

Posted by ndrwmtsn | April 5, 2008 1:56 PM

Edward Fedele

can an atheist gay, shit for that matter, a christian gay (I know there is no such thing as a christian gay) work at Horizon?

Posted by jomama | April 6, 2008 4:24 PM

@7 We like to call them "Focus on the Wallet". Tee hee.

Posted by scharrera | April 7, 2008 1:02 PM

Wow, pretentious scoffing!
I can't believe how judgemental and negative everyone in this thread is...benefitting the poor, that's a damned shame, huh?
Mars Hill is actually famous for controversial statements, challenging the right wing and broken religion. If that crap makes you're skin crawl, you'd have to like MH, because the teaching pastor, Mark Driscoll, rips them a new one all the time...'fundamentalist christians' actually hate Mars Hill.


Posted by justin | April 7, 2008 10:14 PM

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