Mike Cosper’s Christianity Today podcast, “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” has been both fascinating and troubling.

One of the themes of the podcast is the corrosive impact of the American love affair with growth. Size validates everything and covers a multitude of sins. And no matter how easy it is to mock Mars Hill Church, that conviction never goes away.

This idea that Pastors are supposed to grow churches will occupy us for a few weeks.

I should add that Cosper closes out his final episode with Over the Rhine’s “All My Favorite People Are Broken,” the song with which we open every episode of Greatheart’s Table.

What can I say? It’s a great song. I’m glad others think so as well.

Welcome to the table as we consider the pastor as “The Visionary.”

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Notes and resources relevant to this episode:

James Emory White, “The Two Kinds of Church Leaders: The Rancher-Shepherd Divide

Podcast music provided by Over the Rhine, and used with permission.
Intro: “All My Favorite People” / Lyrics
Outro: “Called Home” / Lyrics

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