In spite of news stories citing a rift between Tyndale House and controversial pastor Mark Driscoll, the publisher stated on Tuesday that the relationship is still intact.
“Despite claims to the contrary on social media and elsewhere, Tyndale is not cutting any ties with Mark Driscoll,” the publisher said, responding to recent articles in The Daily Beast, Publishers Lunch, and Christian Retailing alleging that Driscoll’s next book, The Problem with Christianity, is on indefinite hold. Tyndale blamed the erroneous reports on the fact that its earlier statements had been misinterpreted.
The articles also stated that Tyndale would not reprint Driscoll's 2013 book, and that it was backing away from Driscoll’s imprint. These claims, as well, Tyndale said, are "erroneous."
“[W]e are planning to reprint the hardcover edition of his last book, A Call to Resurgence, as sales warrant it. [This] is how all reprint decisions are made,” Tyndale said.
The house will also continue to publish titles under the Resurgence imprint and, while the release of Driscoll's new book has been postponed, that is only because the house is looking for the "the best season in which to publish it.” Tyndale continued: "We have not altered our full intention to release it as a Tyndale title."
Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, has been embroiled in controversy since it came to light that his church had hired ResultSource to create a campaign to get his 2012 book, Real Marriage (Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins Christian Publishing), on the New York Times bestseller list. The L.A. Times reported the story on March 6, citing it as an example of how authors can game the list.
Driscoll claimed that it had not been his intention to manipulate the list, but later apologized in a letter to his congregation. The apology letter was posted on his church's website, and received wide media distribution. Driscoll also asked HarperCollins Christian Publishing to remove “#1 New York Times Bestseller” from the cover of Real Marriage.
The controversy does not end there for Driscoll, though. Late last year he was accused of plagiarizing the work of Peter Jones for some of the content in A Call for Resurgence (Tyndale, 2013), a charge he denied. Tyndale House stood by him, stating it believed he had adequately cited Jones’s work.
Tyndale's statement concluded: “We believe Mark Driscoll sincerely desires to serve God, and we at Tyndale continue to support him and his desire to further God’s Kingdom.”