Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions - eBook  -     By: Mark Driscoll
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Crossway Books & Bibles / 2009 / ePub

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Inspired by 1 Corinthians, in which Paul answers a series of questions posed by the people in the Corinthian church, Pastor Mark Driscoll set out to determine the most controversial questions among visitors to the Mars Hill Church website. In the end, 893 questions were asked and 343,203 votes were cast. The top nine questions: birth control, humor, predestination, grace, sexual sin, faith and works, dating, the emerging church, and the regulative principle are now each answered in a chapter of Religion Saves.

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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: Crossway Books & Bibles
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9781433523106
ISBN-13: 9781433523106
Availability: In Stock
Series: RE:LIT

Publisher's Description

After 343,203 online votes on the Mars Hill Church website, nine questions for Pastor Mark Driscoll emerged as the ones most urgently calling for answers.

Inspired by 1 Corinthians, in which Paul answers a series of questions posed by the people in the Corinthian church, Pastor Mark Driscoll set out to determine the most controversial questions among visitors to the Mars Hill Church website. In the end, 893 questions were asked and 343,203 votes were cast. The top nine questions are now each answered in a chapter of Religion Saves.

After an introductory chapter devoted to the misconception that religion is what saves us, Driscoll tackles nine issues: birth control, humor, predestination, grace, sexual sin, faith and works, dating, the emerging church, and the regulative principle.

Because the purpose of this book is to address commonly asked questions, all readers will find relevant, engaging material, written in Driscoll's distinctively edgy, yet theologically sound style.

ChristianBookPreviews

Mark Driscoll’s latest book, Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions, has a unique premise. Driscoll polled his young urban, Seattle congregation and compiled the top nine questions they had concerning religion and religious perspectives. He then addressed each question from a biblical worldview. What resulted were a sermon series and this book.

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. Driscoll’s use of humor has been one of his more controversial targets by critics. I thought the chapter wasn’t 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 Noah’s 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 doesn’t 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 1950’s. – Todd Burgett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Author Bio

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.

Publisher's Weekly

Forget political correctness and timidity. Through this gritty, didactic countdown, author Driscoll answers sensitive questions Christians may be afraid to ask. Pastor of the Mars Hill megachurch in Seattle, Driscoll (Vintage Jesus) asked his congregation to submit their burning questions online. After they submitted and voted on 893 questions, Driscoll answers the top nine in the nine chapters of this book. From worship styles to explicit discussions of sex and birth control, the topics represent timely questions with which real people struggle. Driscoll includes quotations, stunning statistics, endnotes and footnoted verse numbers as evidence. Historical context and pop-culture references help to further clarify the more complicated explanations. When handling controversial topics, Driscoll sometimes employs a crass, mocking humor. Though this humor accomplishes its goal of being “arresting and difficult to ignore,” it may alienate the very readers from other denominations, religions and sexual orientations Driscoll hopes to rebuke and reconcile. Some questions have only idealistic, black and white answers (don't have sex until you're married). In other instances, such as birth control, he presents the arguments and leaves gray areas the reader may resolve as “their conscience permits.” On the whole, Driscoll is strong medicine. (June 30) Forget political correctness and timidity. Through this gritty, didactic countdown, author Driscoll answers sensitive questions Christians may be afraid to ask. Pastor of the Mars Hill megachurch in Seattle, Driscoll (Vintage Jesus) asked his congregation to submit their burning questions online. After they submitted and voted on 893 questions, Driscoll answers the top nine in the nine chapters of this book. From worship styles to explicit discussions of sex and birth control, the topics represent timely questions with which real people struggle. Driscoll includes quotations, stunning statistics, endnotes and footnoted verse numbers as evidence. Historical context and pop-culture references help to further clarify the more complicated explanations. When handling controversial topics, Driscoll sometimes employs a crass, mocking humor. Though this humor accomplishes its goal of being “arresting and difficult to ignore,” it may alienate the very readers from other denominations, religions and sexual orientations Driscoll hopes to rebuke and reconcile. Some questions have only idealistic, black and white answers (don't have sex until you're married). In other instances, such as birth control, he presents the arguments and leaves gray areas the reader may resolve as “their conscience permits.” On the whole, Driscoll is strong medicine. (June 30) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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