Sunday, March 11, 2007

Radical Reformission

The Radical Reformission : Mark Driscoll
Reaching out without selling out....

This book is a companion to Confessions of a reformission rev. That book is the story of the growth of Mars Hill Church, this one takes the same convictions and translates them into missional living.

The style is much like that of Confessions, Driscoll writes with clarity and clear passion. Each chapter ends with an interview with a Christian who is putting the challenges of the chapter into action. Study questions are also included to hammer home it's lessons.

Driscoll has a great eye for getting the gospel into life, and for the way that it is so easily compromised. His chapter on how we can very easily get culture wrong is a brilliant piece of writing - the sin of light beer.

It's evident that Driscoll has a great passion for God's word - and doesn't hold back from tackling the oft neglected wisdom literature, perhaps something that grounds his passion so well in real life. We need churches who will teach Ecclesiastes, Proverbs and Song of Songs etc.

Driscoll's concern for the word gives him his concern for his people - which other pastor would note - we teach Song of Songs so that our people learn about sex from the Bible rather than from porn. He wont experiment on them rather seeking to give them the very best and help them to grow in Jesus.

Driscoll is pioneering church in one of the least churched parts of the USA, which probably places it just ahead of the UK in terms of the size of the church. That, I think, puts him about as close to the British context as American is going to be. The issues in Seattle aren't going to be exactly those her - but we need to take his convictions about the gospel as we bring it into our culture.

Mimicry of Driscoll isn't what we need (few of us could use words with his wit), but his passion for missions and for the gospel is something we can definitely benefit from.

1 comment:

  1. This is a great book with great illustrations. As far as application of the concepts of this book, it is up to each Christian to find the parrallels in their own community and connect them to Jesus. As Mark says in the book, Jesus has to be the first word because all things come from him.
    Again, this is a highly recommended book.
    In case you don't already, I also recommend his sermons, via podcast (lookup: Mars Hill Church). There are further sermons on the church site