Review and Blog Tour for Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions by Mark Driscoll12:00 PM
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Crossway Books (June 30, 2009)
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.
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. This book is 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 is president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and is the author of several books, including Vintage Jesus.
Pastor Mark preaches on Sunday, trains pastors, and writes curriculum. Mark is married to his high school sweetheart, Grace, and they enjoy raising their three sons and two daughters. More about Mark here!
I had little or no knowledge of Mark Driscoll other than recognizing the name when I decided to do this Blog Tour, but I'm so glad I did it. Mark Driscoll is bold, authoritative, funny, direct and gritty...and many times not politically correct as far as Christians go, but that doesn't mean he isn'tBiblical correct.
One instance of his wit had me laughing out loud (which really gets you some strange looks when you're reading a book called Religion Saves!). In speaking about the concept of balancing kindness with firmness, Driscoll says
"Indeed we are to be 'kind one to another,' which means that Christians should be kind to other Christians, but apparently if someone wants to say that we need Jesus plus something else for our justification (e.g. circumcision for the Judaizers in Galatia) then we should also mock them and ask them to cut their whole pickle off and attend Bobbit Bible Church as a sign of true varsity religious devotion."While that would offend many people, I think that this book speaks to a new generation of believers who are tired of all the rhetoric and want someone to dig through it all for them. That's exactly what Driscoll does in this book. He has answers to the hard questions that come from living in todays world. Hooray for Driscoll for tackling some of these sensative issues with some wonderful Biblical insight, and also for breaking things down and putting it in today's perspective.
As an aside, my son is in Seminary and heard Mark Driscoll speak, and was highly impressed with him.
I think this is a great book, with a lot of wonderful insight into some tough issues. It's well thought out and well presented.
Blog Tour Stops
Don't miss out on the rest of Mark's Virtual Blog Tour by visiting these stops
The Redemption Blog http://www.theredemptionblog.
Edgy Inspirational Author http://www.michellesutton.net
My Scrappy Life http://kaytebug2002.blogspot.
Breath of Life http://breathoflifeministries.
Life As We Know It http://thelittlesprouts.
Laurel's Reflections http://
A Day First http://www.adadfirst.com
Here I Blog http://hereiblog.com
Christy's Book Blog http://christysbookblog.
Connected to Christ http://connected2christ.com/
The Beauty of Surrender www.thebeautyofsurrender.
The Accidental Traveler http://katemcdonald.wordpress.
Critty Joy http://cirttyjoy.wordpress.com
A Simple Walk http://asimplewalk.blogspot.
Ramblings by Tammy http://ramblingsbytammy.
Team Nelson http://www.teamnelson.
Mimi’s Pixie Corner http://
Luxury Reading http://luxuryreading.com
A Peek at My Bookshelf http://deenasbooks.blogspot.
Real Life http://www.reallifeblog.net
Looking Towards Heaven http://karlascrazylife.
The Rieslands http://www.therieslands.com
Tara's View on Books http://tarasviewonbooks.
Reading Too Late http://readingtoolate.net
There's No Place Like Home http://clickingherheels.
Aunt Pam's Closet http://www.auntpamscloset.com
Jonathon Shrader http://www.jonathanshradar.
Why Didn't You Warn Me http://www.whydidntyouwarnme.
Land of My Sojourn http://www.landofmysojourn.
Christi's BlaBlahBlog http://christis-blahblahblog.
Christa Sterken www.christasterken.wordpress.
A Spacious Place http://jennifertiszai.
Brooke Turner Photography http://www.
Gospel Driven Church http://www.gospeldrivenchurch.
Ordinary Commentary http://www.ordinarycommentary.
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