Mark Driscoll and Mark Matthews — Religious Warriors in Seattle: Is History Repeating Itself?

On February 8, 1940, an estimated 5,000 Seattle residents passed by the casket of the Reverend Mark Matthews, long-time pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Matthews had died three days earlier after serving for thirty-eight years as the church’s pastor. Widely recognized as the most influential Protestant minister in the Pacific Northwest during the first half of the twentieth century, Matthews stood out among his peers for his flamboyant appearance and controversial statements in his attempt to shape the city in accordance with his deepest convictions. Some seventy years later, another Seattle pastor has captured both local and national...

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