I've listened to every single Mars Hill podcast that has ever been posted, read one of Mark's book, "Reformission Rev" and have been working my way through the reading list of Acts 29 Network, a church planting and education organization funded largely by Mars Hill. We're talking about a 26 yr. old that was called to start a church based on fundamental, expositional Bible teaching that is contextually-based and speaks to the culture we find ourselves in. My wife listens to Mark and doesn't feel the least bit offended by him. I think Christian Post gives him a bad rap by taking some things he says out of context. Mark has mellowed some from when he first started pod-casting but, with a little grace, anyone who reads the Bible can benefit from his teaching.
In this day when we have so many religion leaders getting caught in immoral acts, trying to take over the government of our country, and/or preaching this self-help feel-good "Jesus is a massag-a-roma-therapist just waiting for you to walk with him through a maze to the brand-new car he is giving to you" message that its refreshing to listen to a preacher that teaches a controversial Jesus, a fierce-loving God, and a people that keep screwing it up. God is sovereign, he is worthy of our whole-hearted worship, and life is better when we allow him to lead us through life. What is so damning about that?