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HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THE NUMBER 1 UESTION WAS to believe that the number 1 uestion was the emergent church but I will have to take him at his word The topics were wide ranging from sex and birth control to dating to the way churches should be run Through it all Mr Driscoll tells you how it should be While I agree with him on uite a few things I do not with all So now am I less a Christian ust because I do not agree or maybe I am not a Christian at all The main problem with a book like this is that it tries to tell you what Christians should be but in the 2000 years since Christ died every generation has tried to tell us that Why should his book define it any better than any others In listening to it I felt like I was back in my Catholic days and I was having to take what the Pope said because the Church said he heard from God The recording was OK I have heard much better readings of books than this one Mr Driscoll read it himself I would think that he would have had a better understanding of his book but often there are pauses where there should not be and where they should be they are not I cannot not really recommend this book I gave it three stars because the content was for the most part OK The attitude of the author comes through uite clearly In Religion Saves Driscoll answers the top 9 uestions that were asked in a survey for a preaching series at Mars Hill The result is an eclectic mix of topics ranging from sex and dating to the doctrine of grace to birth control to the emerging church Driscoll s responses are pretty much what you d predict as a Reformed conservative but he is well read and most of the discussion has depth I don t agree with all his conclusions but agree with than notMars Hill is a young church both the age of the church and the average age of attendees and this would be a great book for Christians in their late teens to mid to late twenties In fact I d almost call it compulsory reading Most of the topics are relevant and important However the discussion is very frank in places and I wouldn t recommend it for younger teens who may have been a bit shelteredI listened to the audio book which is narrated by Driscoll The content really lends itself to this format and having the author narrate means he can put the emphasis where he intends 4 stars I really like it Religion Saves And Nine Other Misconceptions was originally based on 9 sermons
Pastor Mark preached to his congregation at Mars Hill Church The congregation voted on the issues that Driscoll would preach on so the uestions were supposedly what was on the mind of the participants of the churchBeing that this is the case the book is mostly incoherent and certainly lacks any kind of overarching theme Even the theme of religion saves which Driscoll would take to mean as good works helping an individual attain salvation is I seriously uestion Driscoll s theological capabilities after his first response opposing the regulative principle was full of so many misconceived statements I couldn t finish thisHis response to people thinking about the regulative principle was essentially you re either an obscure presbyterian group or perhaps a seminary student who is spending too much time in books by old dead people and needs to get a life And then uotes from NT Wright and John Frame to support his view 2 12 StarsThis book has some good information and interesting things to ponder however when I look at the nine uestions I am confused Driscoll says that these are the most asked uestions even if this is true that doesn t mean that they should all be put together in the same book Many of the topics would be interesting to a new believer or young believer such as Grace Faith and Works Sexual Sin and Dating Other topics such as The emerging Church Predestination and The Regulative Principle are advanced and would only interestmake sense to older mature believer Then we have Birth Control which many would consider a hot button topic and Humor which. Ssues birth control humor predestination grace sexual sin faith and works dating the emerging church and the regulative principleBecause the purpose of this book is to address commonly asked uestions all readers will find relevant engaging material written in Driscoll's distinctively edgy yet theologically sound sty. .that pastor mark
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Mark Driscoll pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle WA Is Certainly No Stranger is certainly no stranger addressing what can be considered some of the controversial religious and cultural topics of our day His forthright style combined with what is clearly a passion for both the unchurched in his area of the country as well as what he would likely label the frozen chosen within the body of Christ truly makes him a love or hate him type author In his book Religion Saves Nine Other Misconceptions Driscoll once again dives in to a number of topics that unfortunately for many other Christian authors have remained somewhat tabooThe first controversial issue Driscoll In general my view of Mark Driscoll s work is mixed at best However this book I found to actually be uite useful It
Has A Lot Of What People Likea lot of what people like Mark Driscoll it s hard hitting biblically conservative relevant and not afraid to uestion common Christian thought and it had a lot less of what usually turns me and others of from Mark Driscoll legalism sloppy and forced exegesis his elevation of his view of manliness as the highest of virtueThe book is divided into 9 distinct chapters it s essentially 9 separate sermons each of which deals with a particular topic The nine topics were chosen based on uestions sent in by Driscoll s followers chosen by their vote Therefore I will give a brief review of each chapterChapter 9 Birth controlGives a good defense of the standard evangelical view regarding birth control using birth control is generally acceptable but abortion is notAdmittedly not a lot of scripture came up but that s usually the case You either like Mark Driscoll or you don t It s as simple as that I like himOf course Mark has mellowed with age maturity he s still willing to make all kinds of Vastavalo jokes asides that you normally wouldn t hear coming from a typical pastor but the comments opinions are tempered with humility grace Mark has an esp nice chapter in RELIGION SAVES on his use of humor that helps clear up a lot of things At the same time he is profoundly Biblical in his theology teachingThe only complaint I have about this book is that it doesn t seem to hang together very well It s really 9 very good essays on a variety of tough uestions which vary in nature from theological to relational back again Don t let that stop you from reading it though It s well worth your time effortIn my opinion Mark is at his strongest when commenting on contemporary culture from a Biblical perspective which means the chapters on sexualrelational issues are very good He also does an incredibly gracious yet pointedob of trying to explain the whole emergingEmergentmissional church mess Three years ago Mark Driscoll the pastor of Seattle s Mars Hill Church asked church members and Internet voters to submit uestions they would like to have answered He was inspired to do this while preaching through 1 Corinthians a letter in which Paul is answering uestions asked by Christians in the city of Corinth After nearly 900 uestions were submitted and over 300000 votes cast Driscoll was able to sort the uestions into broader categories and narrow these categories down to the nine most reuestedDriscoll s answers to these uestions first became a sermon series which you can watch or listen to online here and then were fleshed out fully in this book I watched this sermon series about a year ago and thought it was uite
"Good Driscoll Gave Thorough And "Driscoll gave thorough and answers to some very difficult uestions delivered in his characteristically engaging style I expected to ust skim the book figuring it would basically be a transcription of the sermons Was I ever wrong I was not prepared for the depth of the book which included far material and was to me at least even better than the sermonsThe nine categoriesuestions are Birth Control There s no doubt the Bible says children are a blessing but the Bible doesn t seem to address the specific topic of birth control Is this a black and white topic or does it fall under liber. After 343203 online votes on the Mars Hill Church website nine uestions for Pastor Mark Driscoll emerged as the ones most urgently calling for answersInspired by 1 Corinthians in which Paul answers a series of uestions posed by the people in the Corinthian church Pastor Mark Driscoll set out to determine the most co. Ties Humor Why do you make okes
about Mormon missionaries homosexuals trenchcoat wearers single men vegans emo kids and then expect these groups toMormon missionaries homosexuals trenchcoat wearers single men vegans emo kids and then expect these groups to to know God in the same sermon Predestination Why does an all loving all knowing and all sovereign God will into creation people He foreknows will suffer eternal condemnation Why does Romans 920 feel like a cop out answer Grace Of all the things you teach what parts of Christianity do you still wrestle with What s hardest for you to believe Sexual Sin How should Christian men and women go about breaking free from the bondage of sexual sin Faith Works If salvation is by faith alone Romans 328 then why are there so many verses that say or imply the opposite namely that salvation is by works James 224 Matthew 615 721 Galatians 519 21 Dating How does a Christian date righteously and what are the physical emotional and mentally connecting boundaries a Christian must set while developing an intimate relationship prior to marriage Emerging Church What can traditionalestablished churches learn from emerging churches Regulative Principle Do you believe that the Scripture not only regulates our theology but also our methodology In other words do you believe in the regulative principle If so to what degree If not why not While in a book like this different chapters will appeal to varying degrees to each reader there is definitely something here for everyone In fact there is probably much here for readers than they might initially expect For instance as a married man I did not expect to find much of particular interest or value to me in the chapter on Dating but found myself drawn very much into it Driscoll has a way of making each topic seem relevant and important to each readerThere really are no weak chapters in this book though they vary widely in style and substance I particularly enjoyed his examination of the Emerging Church a difficult and often divisive topic due to the variety of theologies and methodologies to the variety of theologies and methodologies by emerging churches of which Driscoll has a rather uniue perspective given his former involvement with the Leadership Network and the early days of the Emergent VillageFor many the term Regulative Principle is likely unfamiliar However a church s position with regard to this principle whether using that term or not has major implications on the life of the church and the style and form of worship there Driscoll s treatment of the subject is the best I ve read and avoids the extremes of this debate in favor of what I believe to be a biblical middle groundIf you have even so much as a passing interest in any of the topics addressed in this book I heartily recommend it I can pretty much guarantee that you ll learn something new and probably have a good time in the process Manages to take on weighty issues in a way that is timelessly normed to Christian belief and engaging to contemporary uestioners I received this audio book years ago from Christian Audio as part of their monthly free audio book For some reason I never listened to it but chose to go through some of the books I had and gave it a listen Mark Driscoll was the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle Washington area When this was writtenrecorded I am sure the church was still very active Within a few years Mr Driscoll would step down from the church because of claims of him bullying staff members The church would at that point close it doors within a month Not having been a member and not knowing much about him this is all from what I read from sites like Wikipedia I would tend to think it was true based on the tone of this book While in a few places he says this is what I believe the majority of the book is he way it is take it or leave it That is where the problem starts because of what this book is supposed to be The theory behind this book is that the church opened up a web site to ask people to post their uestions about Christianity and then people could vote on them The top 9 uestions uestions would Ntroversial uestions among visitors to the Mars Hill Church website In the end 893 uestions were asked and 343203 votes were cast The top nine uestions are now each answered in a chapter of Religion SavesAfter an introductory chapter devoted to the misconception that religion is what saves us Driscoll tackles nine