Friday, July 24, 2009

Religion Saves

Author: Mark Driscoll
Publisher: Crossway
July 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4335-0616-1
Genre: Inspirational/Christian living

In Mark Driscoll’s ministry, he decided to open up his website for questions people have to ask about religion. He had many responses to these questions with quite a mind-boggling following on-line. As a result, Mark Driscoll decided to address a series of messages on these topics, and subsequently even offering a question and answer time after one of the worship periods for anyone who wanted to pursue the topics further. The support was overwhelming.

RELIGION SAVES is the result of the web-site and the messages. The nine topics addressed in this hard-cover book are the most popular of the questions asked, and not all of them are technically about religion. In fact, three of the topics are about sex.

The chapters start out with the question in bold print, and then Driscoll goes into detailed answers, some of which made me gasp as I tried to picture a pastor saying some of these things! I can see where he would have the “bold, in-your-face” style of preaching that is mentioned on the back cover. Some of the other comments made me laugh out loud, as I could totally relate, especially to the comments made about him having five children (I also have five children) and feeling like freaks who have escaped from an Amish compound.

The nine most popular questions (starting with the 9th and working the way to the top are:

9. Birth Control
8. Humor
7. Predestination
6. Grace
5. Sexual Sin
4. Faith and Works
3. Dating
2. The Emerging Church
1. The Regulative Principle

As I mentioned earlier, the questions are each answered in great detail. Driscoll has even listed the scripture references that give even a vague reference to the topic at hand.

I have to be really impressed by the time and effort Mark Driscoll put into this book and have to recommend it highly to anyone who has questions about any of the nine topics mentioned above, any pastors (who might have those who have questions in their office), and church libraries. This is truly a great book, well thought out, and answered in detail so that there won’t be any questions. Don’t miss RELIGION SAVES. $19.99 Hardcover. 287 pages.


Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions

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.

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About the author:

Meet Pastor Mark!

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!

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