My view is to take the reader on a different path.
First - the mammoth physical and spiritual task undertaken by Brian Houston over many years establishing a global church is phenomenal - the only way this could be sustained is through good people leading each of the global churches.
Such an undertaking over so many years is bewildering - his physical and spiritual resources would have been tested to the limit - how he lasted this distance is to be lauded beyond any words I might have.
To suggest that he was not called upon to put out spot fires 24/7 across a global church illustrates a sheer lack of knowledge or understanding of such ministry.
Second - to have been stupid twice - over so many years - is not in my view a sackable offence - there are bullies in every congregation in every church and mission. Hillsong was no different.
So he wrote a stupid email - 9 years ago - and under medication in 2019 and a bit tipsy (go read the Old Testament about leaders getting a bit tipsy) - no one is claiming in fact he did anything immoral - just stupid.
There are many failings in the lives of all bullies - they point and four fingers point back at them - I pity Brain Houston - my summation - he was fed up.
In my own ministries over 45 years - I’m a plain jane main stream bush Baptist - not Pentecostal - but with an international young writer ministry - and 17 years Aust cricket team chaplain / Olympic ministry - won international awards - author of 25 books - and 10 years as a train diver as a young man - I’ve seen it all - being street wise provides ‘sight’
History reveals that when the bullies take over...not much good comes out of it.
Brain Houston is not made up to do nothing.
Brian go forward - with peace - good will and support from this no-body bush Baptist (with 2 doctorates)
(This was originally posted on Mark Tronson’s facebook page with young writers and colleagues responding)
Dr Mark Tronson - a 4 min video
Chairman – Well-Being Australia
Baptist Minister 45 years
- 1984 - Australian cricket team chaplain 17 years (Ret)
- 2001 - Life After Cricket (18 years Ret)
- 2009 - Olympic Ministry Medal – presented by Carl Lewis
- 2019 - The Gutenberg - (ARPA Christian Media premier award)
Gutenberg video - 2min 14sec
Married to Delma for 45 years with 4 children and 6 grand children