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Overview Reformation is the continual reforming of the mission of the church to enhance God
Publishers Description Reformation is the continual reforming of the mission of the church to enhance God s command to reach out to others in a way that acknowledges the unique times and locations of daily life. This engaging book blends the integrity of respected theoreticians with the witty and practical insights of a pastor. It calls for a movement of missionaries to seek the lost across the street as well as across the globe. This basic primer on the interface between gospel and culture highlights the contrast between presentation evangelism and participation evangelism. It helps Christians navigate between the twin pitfalls of syncretism (being so culturally irrelevant that you lose your message) and sectarianism (being so culturally irrelevant that you lose your mission). Included are interviews with those who have crossed cultural barriers, such as a television producer, exotic dancer, tattoo studio owner, and band manager. The appendix represents eight portals into the future: population, family, health/medicine, creating, learning, sexuality, and religion. Mark Driscoll was recently featured on the ABC special The Changing of Worship."
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More About Mark Driscoll
Mark Driscoll was the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church, a multi-site congregation based in Seattle that spaned 15 locations in five states. He was the founder of Resurgence (theResurgence.com), co-founder of the Acts 29 Network, and the author of numerous books. Pastor Mark's sermons reach millions of listeners online, and in 2010 Preaching magazine named him one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years. Pastor Mark and his wife have five children.
Gerry Breshears (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of theology and chairman of the division of biblical and theological studies at Western Seminary. He also serves as an elder and on the preaching team at Grace Community Church in Gresham, Oregon.
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Engaging, Convicting, and Funny! Feb 22, 2007
Having read this book, I have come away with four major points to ponder:
First, if Driscoll is the "godfather" of the emergent movement, so to speak, then the entire emergent movement (to the extent I have been able to read) has completely missed the point he was trying to make in this book. From Driscoll's own statements in the book, the emergent movement as it exists today is nothing more than heresy. Heresy! That seems a far cry from what he originally proposed. One of my good friends said that from what I told him it sounded like emergents took Driscoll's ideas and "ran wild" with them. That's exactly what I think after reading through this book. Talk about an "adventure in missing the point!"
Second, if Driscoll is correct in what he says, then we have to completely overhaul our ecclesiology. We've got to see if we've become so entrenched in our traditions that the Gospel becomes irrelevant, or if we've gotten so fancy in our innovations that we compromise the Gospel and again make it irrelevant. The second half of that statement is exactly why I think the emergent movement has completely missed the point.
Third, if what he says is true about me, I've got some further sanctification to get cracking on. I've been convicted by some of the things I've read in here, and roundly encouraged towards a goal by other things I've read in the book as well.
Fourth, some of the people who have reviewed the book need to get a life and grow a sense of humor. This guy is funny. Funny. I did not in the least feel his handling of Scripture was irreverent; then again maybe my sense of humor is different from most other people's. But I have never gotten such a knee-slapping laugh out of a book other than Christopher Moore's "Lamb," and that one was a parody of the Gospel! Much less, I have never laughed while reading a serious book like "Reformission." When you can thoroughly enjoy someone laying some serious sanctifying smackdown on you, you know the book is good.
So, I'd recommend this book heavily to everyone who asks me about it. I'd recommend it over Brian McLaren any day.
if your looking for something new and true this is it Jan 9, 2007
As we look at our culture and the church we can clearly see that the culture is not being reached. Some in Christianity just say the culture is too lost and it's their problem. Others are trying to win over the culture with trying to be "more relevant" using cool music, flashy media, and entertaining them just like the movies do. But, as we look at the life of Jesus, neither of these approaches were taken. Pastor Mark Driscoll takes a good hard look at our culture and how we are to reach them Biblically and effectively. He will teach you how to reach the culture like Jesus did. Driscoll takes the zeal of the emergent church and mixes it with the truth of scriptures to provide a great answer to our great dilema of reaching culture for Jesus. The mission starts right outside your door. Are you ready?
Justin Bell Calvary Chapel Camarillo Worship Ministries
Radical Reformission Nov 9, 2006
This was a great book. Now this is coming for someone that is not a serious book reader. And i only read non-fiction books a a general rule which this falls. I am a christian and a follower of Jesus The christ, so reading this book brought clarity yet a limited view to what a real christian should look in deed and action. I am continually having to fight misconceptions that people form about christians because so many christian are for the most parts not very bright. The aurthor has given defined what i have felt was true and right but because of the main stream chruch has clouded.
Refreshing. Engaging. Sep 24, 2006
This is one of the most refreshing and engaging books on church/culture that I've read, and is probably THE best book I've read from a leader in the emerging church.
Driscoll contends that as believers we must be concerned about three things: the gospel, the church, and the culture. When we neglect one of these three elements, we fall into one of three errors:
The Church + The Culture - The Gospel = Liberalism
The Church + The Gospel - The Culture = Fundamentalism
The Gospel + The Culture - The Church = Parachurch
I think this is slightly reductionistic, but it still provokes reflection. Driscoll's book is a plea for the church to be faithful to the gospel within the culture - not by isolating itself from the culture. He says, of course, that faithfulness to the gospel involves some measure of separation. As Christians, we are different - called out of darkness into light - and this will affect our life-styles and ethics. But Driscoll also contends that Christian liberty must be maintained in areas where Scripture is silent - and that our liberty should be used for the sake of reaching culture.
Of course, culture looks different in Seattle than it does in the Midwest, where I minister. Driscoll's church looks different than ours, with lots of tattooed, pierced, young Christians decked out in Gothic clothing and make-up! But Driscoll rightly argues that becoming a Christian doesn't necessitate a conversion to wearing business attire (like a middle-class, white suburban American Christian), but rather a conversion to Christ and His kingdom. As I said, this is a thought-provoking book.
Be warned, however: reading this book will probably provoke a variety of deep and intense emotional responses, including laughter (Driscoll is hilarious), shock (Driscoll breaks all the conventions that you would expect of a Christian author), and (hopefully) excitement, as you hear of what God has done in his life and through his life and ministry in the lives of others.
Oh My Jul 24, 2006
WOW, WOW, AND LET ME SAY, WOW! - THANK YOU PASTOR MARK DRISCOLL