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Christianity Today
The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill
Hosted by Mike Cosper, this podcast takes you inside the story of Mars Hill Church in Seattle – from its founding as part of one of the largest church planting movements in American history to its very public dissolution—and the aftermath that followed. You’ll hear from people who lived this story, experiencing the triumphs and losses of Mars Hill, knowing it as both an amazing, life-transforming work of God and as a dangerous, abusive environment. The issues that plague Mars Hill and its founder, Mark Driscoll — dangers like money, celebrity, youth, scandal, and power—aren’t unique, and...
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Ratings & Reviews
4.9 stars from 2,690 ratings
Cautious and careful
Yes, there was harm done and sin committed at Mars Hill - but amidst the audio clips and slick storytelling is a ton of conjecture, bias, opinion, and no small amount of woke progressivism. Listen with caution.
PaintedPreacher via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/31/21
Interesting and convicting
I loved Mark Driscoll so much. This has been an interesting and convicting way to learn the facts about what happened at Mars Hill.
Brycer84 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/31/21
Excellent journalistic reporting
This is worth listening to!! So well done.
#asknancy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/30/21
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