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The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, with Mike Cosper

June 15th, 2021 | 2 min read

By Matthew Lee Anderson

Mike Cosper, Director of Podcasting for Christianity Today, has created a podcast exploring the rise and the fall of Mars Hill church in Seattle. He joins Derek, Alastair, and Matt to discuss the story, the scandal, and what this project hopes to accomplish. What is the danger of celebrity pastors? Why does this keep happening? And how can pastors prevent it from happening to their churches?

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Live Q&A Announcement [0:00]

Mike Cosper, Podcaster [1:13]

The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill [3:01]

The Ethics of Revealing Scandal [6:09]

Pastors with Personas [11:10]

Retrospective on a Movement [18:02]

What were the good parts? [27:39]

Pros & Cons of Big Personalities [32:41]

Social Media Issues [44:44]


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Follow DerekAndrew, and Alastair for more tweet-sized brilliance. Thanks to Timothy Crouch for keeping us organized. Thanks to Tim Motte for sound editing. And thanks to The Joy Eternal for lending us their music, which everybody should download out of gratitude for their kindness.

Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is an Associate Professor of Ethics and Theology in Baylor University's Honors College. He has a D.Phil. in Christian Ethics from Oxford University, and is a Perpetual Member of Biola University's Torrey Honors College. In 2005, he founded Mere Orthodoxy.