Reviews
As an Elder of a Evangelical church, I found this a powerful well presented story. I highly recommend this to any church leader to help guide their church.
CLH on Golf via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/30/23
“Original sin is the only Christian doctrine susceptible of empirical proof.” —G. K. Chesterton, working from memory Thank you for helping me process my own toxic church planting experience. God is still good.
Timaeus67 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/26/23
This was so well done, I really don’t have the words. As a borderline Millennial/GenXer I was incredibly influenced by Mars Hill. The teaching, the podcast they had and Mark’s books. I was very curious and a little bit skeptical as to what type of spirit was behind this series. But from the 1st...Read full review »
GODZGOOD via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/24/23
Listen to the first 5 episodes and then “The Tempest” to finish full circle. The message is good. And Mike does a great job of telling the story. This story parallels a lot of smaller scale churches. Glad that CT used this podcast to bring awareness to church people and leaders. I pray that...Read full review »
Jahoozawitz via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/24/23
It’s taken me nearly a year to listen to this. It has been painful to chew on. I attended Mars Hill, Ballard on a handful of occasions back between 2005-2008 and even in those times felt it was off even though I couldn’t put my finger on it. But, I heard good things so I’d make the drive a few...Read full review »
SavPerr26 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/23/23
I’m conservative and I’m not a huge fan at all of christianity today. There are also a lot of things I like about Mark Driscoll etc.There are things in this podcast I think that are an oxymoron like a Christian feminist. That being stated I think this podcast has been very well thought out and...Read full review »
Tin Nan via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/09/23
This podcast has been a help. A great way to learn a lesson that has happened elsewhere. I appreciate the honouring style it was done in.
Nora Johnston via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/09/23
Enjoyed listening to this pod in the summer of 2021. Came back to listen again and the theme song dropped the narration between the lyrics in the intro. Anyone know what happened? Loved how the intro was mixed with the original song. Overall, really well done pod that gives the uninitiated...Read full review »
Fairway Hammer via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/02/23
Completely over dramatized. Apocalypse music is played to draw emotion from the listener and make them feel like this is the worst thing that’s ever happened in the history of humanity. No practical solutions are given to solve the problems this show brings to light. Guess what, Mike? This exact...Read full review »
applefan2876 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/29/22
Wow
This podcast was so phenomenally made. I ran to this podcast after Mrs. Perry mentioned this podcast on hers. The research, music, editing, information, commentary that was not one sided but true journalism. This piece was humbling. I am a true follower of your work. Thank you for your hard work...Read full review »
Likkkhh via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/27/22
…probably wrote the one star reviews.
ATMetzger via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/25/22
This was a podcast that nobody asked for. When Driscoll disappeared from the limelight and Mars Hill dissolved. That was that. Then this guy decides it was in his tactical best interest 10-12 years later to say, “Hey, I’m not recognized enough. I’ll use one of the most infamous dudes in...Read full review »
shin.eug via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/23/22
I so much enjoyed this podcast that I chose to review for the first time. Heartbreaking story but a story that needed to be told nonetheless.
Kqrodgers via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/17/22
Gut wrenching and unbelievable at times, yet the podcast approaches the story with much grace and compassion.
NerdyScholar via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/10/22
CT is publishing this hit piece meanwhile giving “Pastors” like Joel Osteen a free pass. CT is liberal garbage. I guess those giving this 5 stars also took the poke poison as well. Stop believing their trash propaganda.
ProphecyWatchman via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/01/22
Overall the entire Mars Hill podcast was amazing. Heartbreaking, faithfilled, honest and vulnerable. As a leader in the church- although not Mars Hill or a similar church- I found the power dynamics and abuse so hard to hear. And yet- the show did such a great job of showing how God still...Read full review »
Josietoughgirl via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/26/22
I enjoyed the series and thought it was well done - but I was disappointed with the bonus episodes and thought they took away from the entire series with the exception of the interview with Tim Keller.
Grouped on via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/24/22
It’s an important story, but wow, the focus on male points of view becomes almost laughably infuriating. There’s one important episode on the harm this kind of Christianity causes women, and the interviewees are mostly women. It’s the best episode. Otherwise, a lot of the series is a bunch of men...Read full review »
HeatherListening via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/23/22
As someone who spent YEARS of my life in mega churches and dedicated my life and my children’s life to them, I’m so grateful someone is giving time to tell the story of how people abuse their power and can take advantage of those who do simply want to do good in the world and help others. So...Read full review »
Aubs11 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/21/22
Very healing and soothing to those of us who have been through similar situations. I’m glad a friend told me about this podcast. It’s great knowing we aren’t alone in this. *** I love this podcast. I hate to see it end. We went through a lot of the same things **.
CLSS92 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/17/22
I have listened to Mark Driscoll on and off throughout the years, and although he has made some mistakes, his preaching and teaching is biblical and provocative. I was looking up one of his sermons and came across this podcast, curious how such a big name in Christian media would unpack what...Read full review »
Emsperk111 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/17/22
This story is way way way to common in churches today. Power and pride are the finest weapons of the enemy in America. Give me a village church in Nicaragua, a house church in China, a gathering of huddled families in Ukraine please. We have lost our first love. Also, the soundtrack for this… I...Read full review »
Fluffygooey via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/15/22
Like many, there is so much I could say - but let me simply say thank you. Thank you for telling this story with heart-searching honesty and humility, for inviting and honouring the voices and personal experiences of many, and for the ways all of this is truly redemptive and Truth-seeking....Read full review »
dnjdndjxhcyxkaksvdific via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 11/14/22
I had to pause several times each episode to process because so many of the stories aligned with my own experiences. I was coming of age as a Christian leader at the time of the mars hill ascendancy and never realized the formulation of my leadership constructs were largely based in dominance...Read full review »
D'Vaughn (RevDev) via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/14/22
This is a moneymaking scheme that complicity refused to address the true depth and scope of abuse that Mark Driscoll perpetrated. Christianity Today has too much of a stake in the Church game to credibly report on this.
I_am_a_dragon via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/14/22
Thank you for putting the time effort and energy into learning and sharing the stories of Mars Hill. My heart was gripped and my mind fixed on the stories of heartbreak and healing. May we learn from our mistakes as we grow His kingdom.
Turbo73737 via Apple Podcasts · Sweden · 11/12/22
Each episode was so enlightening. It made me sad on occasion, however. I now know better what to look for in a pastor and church. Mark Driscoll was a false shepherd and he will reap the consequences. You all did a great job.
infomom via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/12/22
I am grateful for this podcast. God is using it to help with healing wounds inflicted by the church including my own. I am especially grateful that Mike ended the podcast back with the people that were left holding hurt and were still trying to make sense of it all. I am so grateful that God...Read full review »
cmbohm via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/11/22
Such a powerful series!
MasterCrane_01 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/11/22
Wisdom to encourage ministers to stay humble and Christlike
Hibdon via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/02/22
Mark Driscoll started his church at a very young age. If people expect him to be perfect I would look in the mirror because no one is perfect. Additionally, this podcast was one sided and didn’t look at the other side. It’s an attack podcast and many of the people are just giving their own...Read full review »
Sleepless in Kennewick via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/31/22
I take one of the interviewee’s comment to heart: It’s easy to listen to this and compare, judge, assume you’d know better. But really this is a recounting that speaks to Solomon’s famous words: “nothing new under the sun” when you consider the realities of people + power. It’s humbling and a...Read full review »
vbchickie via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/30/22
One of the most well-done podcasts I’ve ever heard. Loved it, grateful for it. (But why did you change the intro?? The original was 🔥!! Bummed this was edited.)
little_dhampir via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/28/22
This is pure garbage. CT has become a joke.
K1y2l3e via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/26/22
Well there was clearly an agenda here. Everything is always 2 sided, if someone isn’t willing to show the other side automatically they forfeit respect in my book. Was Mark perfect lol no, but neither are any of us. Were his teachings biblically correct? Yep. Were they politically correct? Lol...Read full review »
PayElise97 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/26/22
Never knew about this church. It’s sad, suspenseful, eye opening, and tactfully honest.
StuckieDuckie via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/25/22
I attended Mars Hill in Michigan. Same name. Not affiliated with Driscoll. When I read the title of the podcast, I assumed the topic was Mars Hill Community Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan and its founding Pastor Rob Bell. I’d love to see a Podcasts sequel, addressing the rise and fall of...Read full review »
In2Bate via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/23/22
Sad
I thought the Mars Hill podcasts were exceptional. However, when CT did their own “exposé” it paled in comparison to the depth and detail of the Mars Hill IMO. Episode 16. It was almost like there was a level of touting CT’s new leadership to show full transparency and the sins of the past but...Read full review »
mpalomaki via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/22/22
I’m a little behind in the trend of listening to the podcast but I’m finally doing so. It is very enlightening and thought provoking. As woman who grew up in and was shaped by a non-denominational church culture, this resonates with me. My hope is that those in Christian leadership can closely...Read full review »
mellowmart via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/21/22
I was on staff at a church. At the same time this was happening at Mars Hill, I was meeting 1-1 with our pastor (following the Matthew 18 process) to address his sin in leading people away from Christ if they weren’t in step with him. When he refused to listen, I took it to the elders. After a...Read full review »
CFrostMarotta via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/18/22
Mike Cosper is not addressing the casual listener but those familiar with recent events and movements in American evangelical Christianity, though I suspect there's something to learn from the narrative of Mars Hill for other backgrounds as well. There are some potential triggers for anyone...Read full review »
Hotrodzac via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/12/22
This podcast was amazing. My emotions were all over the place and I felt like I came away with so much personal insight into ministry and mankind. I kept a journal of each episode because I needed to do something to keep my mind clear of all the questions and observations that kept flooding my...Read full review »
craigmarsee via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/11/22
This podcast was refreshing and another much needed splash of water in the face for American evangelicals. I grew up with a very brilliant brother who was a real voice in the evangelical movement. He was an actual person of integrity, decency, and intellectual firepower. I was exposed to his...Read full review »
Hockey9966 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/10/22
For the most part, Mark Driscoll had fallen off my radar since the time these events happened. This podcast made me look him up and see if he’d grown, learned, changed, and been refined at all. I started listening to more recent sermons, and I’m so glad! He is a voice in the wilderness for such a...Read full review »
WhiteSuburbanMiddleAgedWoman via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/07/22
Though I appreciate the reporting, the host assumes that Christianity is the truth, the way to god, which makes it harder to listen to a podcast exposing spiritual abuse. I would have appreciated a more open stance
CoreAlice via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/06/22
So much work has been put in to this series and I have really appreciated the background look into this issue. Having come from an SGM church for 18 years, I can identify with some of these issues. However, I am struck by how many times the guests and the host’s words and conversations lean more...Read full review »
DaniMW1980 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/03/22
Mike, What is Christian about this podcast. I continually hear you proclaim the merits of therapy and wince at the permeation of nuanced liberalism. Someday someone will make a podcast about how CT facilitated the syncretism between psychology and Jesus. How an entire generation knew what it...Read full review »
benfranklinbandito via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/24/22
Not only eye opening, but also helps me look more critically at the leadership of my local church. We’ve been in that church….and left prior to experiencing pain…but I feel less alone. Thanks CT for deep diving into Mars Hill….and hopefully those touched currently by his ministry in AZ will take...Read full review »
Ommax3 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/23/22
Having recently gone through a church split I saw so many exact parallels. I am so sad that the pastor we left behind had people trying to protect him instead of the body of the church. He was never held responsible for breaking the requirements of a pastor. He is now on a sabbatical “not because...Read full review »
lizzieP2020 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/23/22
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