The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

Christianity Today

Religion & Spirituality>Christianity

7 episodes

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 only by looking closely at what happened in Seattle will we be able to see ourselves.

  • 27 JUL 2021
    The Things We Do To Women
    58m 45s

    Sex sells. It might be hard to imagine a church harnessing this popular marketing technique for church growth, but that’s exactly what Mark Driscoll did in Seattle in the early 2000s. Whether condemning the Western erosion of manhood or ele...

  • 15 JUL 2021
    ‘I am Jack's Raging Bile Duct'
    53m 56s

    Mark Driscoll’s vision of manhood indelibly shaped Mars Hill culture. Drawing from his own difficult childhood story, Mark created an ideal for those searching for meaning and direction. Men responded enthusiastically. From “dad talks” abou...

  • 07 JUL 2021
    "You Read the Bible, Ringo?"
    52m 41s

    Church planting, even under the best of circumstances, always requires grit and determination. Planting in one of the most progressive cities in the US at the turn of the millennium required even more. But if Mark Driscoll struggled with an...

  • 29 JUN 2021
    Boomers, The Big Sort, and Really, Really Big Churches
    56m 29s

    In the mid-1950s, Rev. Robert Schuller began preaching in a drive-in movie theater in Southern California. He melded traditions like vestments with a theology of post-war optimism and self-esteem. As his ministry grew, guest preaching in hi...

  • 22 JUN 2021
    Who Killed Mars Hill?
    1h 2m 25s

    In 2014, after more than a decade of tremendous growth and ministry, Mars Hill Church imploded with the resignation of its lead pastor, Mark Driscoll. Once a hub for those disenfranchised with cultural Christianity, Mars Hill’s characterist...

  • 08 JUN 2021
    Full-Length Trailer
    2m 41s

    When Mars Hill Church was planted in Seattle in 1996, few would have imagined where it would lead. But in the next 18 years, it would become one of the largest, fastest-growing, and most influential churches in the United States. Controvers...

  • 24 MAY 2021
    1m 30s

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