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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Crossway Books & Bibles
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
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Tired of Do-List Christianity?: Debunking the Misconceptions That Hold Back Real Spiritual Growth and Steal Your JoyScott MortonSave 89%
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In his distinctively edgy, yet theologically sound style, Pastor Mark Driscoll addresses the nine most controversial questions posed by visitors to the Mars Hill Church website. Part of the Re:Lit series.
MARK DRISCOLL is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, one of the fastest-growing churches in America. He leads the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and the Resurgence Missional Theology Cooperative. He is the author and coauthor of several books, including Crossway's Vintage Jesus, Vintage Church, and Death by Love.
The subject matter of the questions are quite eclectic ranging in everything from birth control, humor, predestination, grace, sexual sin, faith and works, dating, the Emerging Church, and the regulative principle. Driscoll has a very clear writing style and does a good job in researching each topic. His ability to concisely cover each of these weighty topics in a single chapter and do them justice is quite a feat.
I personally found his chapters on birth control, dating, and the Emerging Church to be some of the best summations on each topic that I have read. I would note that the chapter on the Emerging Church is a must-read for anyone hoping to discern what is taking place in this movement.
The chapter on humor is a very interesting chapter that is bound to stir some debate. Driscolls use of humor has been one of his more controversial targets by critics. I thought the chapter wasnt quite as radical as I expected and he makes some very good observations. However, I do think that he stretches some Scriptures to justify the use of humor. For example, Driscoll states that one of his favorite funny stories is the one where Noah got drunk and lay naked in his tent. In understanding the context of the story and the reactions of Noahs sons, this was not a funny story but completely the opposite.
Also, I thought the chapter on the Regulative Principle (Does theology regulate just our theology but our methodology, too?) to be a little underwhelming especially since it was the number one question. Unlike the rest of the book, Driscoll doesnt seem to be as clear concerning the conclusions although many of his points are good ones.
All in all, Religion Saves is a good book. Driscoll deals with each subject matter in a whimsical yet thoughtful manner. I would especially recommend this book as a good reference point for those who may have questions concerning some key theological and cultural issues, wanting a thorough summation without having to buy an entire book on each subject. As a bonus, I also liked the retro design of the book evoking the nostalgic feel of a textbook from the 1950s. Todd Burgett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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