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  • Series: Re:Lit:Vintage Jesus
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433501309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433501302
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Driscoll and Breshears have teamed up to provide a new generation of pastors and Christian leaders with a biblically sound, tartly relevant, and crisply practical guide to understanding the church. This book lives up to its subtitle, Timeless Truths and Timely Methods. The authors' wit, grit, and gravitas combine to make it an enjoyable and thought provoking must-read for twenty-first-century spiritual leadership."
Rick Booye, Senior Pastor, Trail Christian Fellowship, Eagle Point, Oregon; President, Pacific Bible College, Medford, Oregon

"Having treated us to Vintage Jesus and Death by Love, Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears team up again to provide a third installment that addresses the nature, life, and missional character of the church of Jesus Christ. Pastors, church members, and those who are just wondering about Jesus and his church will find this book to be very helpful. The expected topics-church leadership, preaching, baptism, the Lord's Supper-are covered clearly and practically. What I especially appreciate is the discussion of often overlooked topics like church unity, discipline, and love, and the attention given to new topics like multi-site campuses and the use of technology. "Timeless" and "timely" are apt descriptions of this book on the church that is must reading!"
Gregg R. Allison, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Vintage Church is a remarkable book. Mark and Gerry seek to be rigorously biblical and theologically faithful as they address the doctrine of the church. However, the real uniqueness to this book is its personal and practical insights. Remaining faithful to the gospel of Jesus, the authors help us think and see how to do church in a twenty-first-century context that presents both challenges and opportunities to the body of Christ. Timeless truths and timely methods indeed are woven together in a beautiful tapestry. This is a valuable work."
Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Gerry Breshears and Mark Driscoll combine the thinking of a theologian with the experience of an innovative church leader to bring us fresh approaches to ministry that are more relevant without being less biblical. This book is an inspiring application of what it means for the body of Christ to be 'in the world but not of it.'"
Dan Jarrell, Teaching Pastor, ChangePoint Church, Anchorage, Alaska

About the Author

Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church, a multi-site congregation based in Seattle that spans 15 locations in five states. He is the founder of Resurgence (theResurgence.com), co-founder of the Acts 29 Network, and the author of numerous books, including Death by Love and Vintage Jesus. 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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This is a great book and I can't wait to read this thing cover to cover.
Andrew S. Pegram
Again, this is exactly what makes Driscoll so attractive, he is honest with his mistakes while pointing out others.
Seth McBee
The greatest strength of this book is Driscoll's transparency regarding the practices of Mars Hill Church.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Don Dudley on February 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Much is made about the Church, why it exists in its different forms, and where it is inevitably heading. Driscoll and Breshears tackle this and much more in this book. They start with the foundation of the Church (Jesus) and move out to ecclesiology, methodology, love, discipline, sacraments, and technology.

At first, I felt as though the book was an apologetic or defense against George Barna's book Pagan Christianity, a book which does a fine job at undermining the Church and causing division amongst God's people.

This book would make a great text for any serious church planter or seminary student. Every chapter is fully fleshed out well and they leave very few stones unturned. Since I have started pastoring (is "pastoring a word?) a church, I have thought things like; "they do not teach you that in Bible College." This book teaches you the things Bible Colleges leave out. In case you may have missed a point, at the end of each chapter is a question and answer session to help further the discussion and put a seal on anything that might not have been explained well in the preceding pages.

That is one of two points I really found where the book could use improvement. There were many pages in which the point felt over-explained. As I was reading through it, I couldn't help but think to myself, "I got the point, let's move on." I know there are some out there who take longer to get the point or who like to have things explained as thoroughly as possible, but those people are not me.

The second nitpick I had (and this truly is a nitpick) was the assumption that churches had the same resources as Mars Hill (Mark's church) has in regards to technology and programmers. I think of the struggles I have had with my own church's website and I am a programmer.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Bullock on January 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Vintage Church, the third book from Driscoll/Breshears, combines scriptural insight with practical suggestions on how to be the church in the 21st century. The chapters on preaching, discipline, love, being missional, and transforming culture in particular are very helpful. I realize I just listed half the book as being my favorite part, but it's that sort of book :)

Three things that were especially helpful about this book:
- footnotes rather than endnotes, thanks for that...
- the "common questions" sections were very helpful (while Death By Love might be Driscoll's best work to date, some of the question sections in that book were pretty obscure)
- LISTS. All the way through the book you find principals of this, characteristics of that, ways to do this or that... and they're profoundly helpful to think through the different aspects of everything that is discussed. Because there's so many of them, though, I'd suggest reading through the book once and then working back through all of the lists scattered through the various chapters, to get a fuller sense of where your church is in relation to the ideas presented in the book.

A valuable resource, and I eagerly await Religion Saves and Doctrine.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Erik Raymond on February 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It is very appropriate and timely for Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears to release a book on church ministry. Driscoll has become a bit of a model for young church planters through his Acts 29 network and various conference appearances. Therefore, a consolidated `volume' if you will is welcomed.

As with previous books from the authors' pens Vintage Church is intensely practical. Mars Hill Church in Seattle is the reoccurring lab of reference for church ministry. This is extremely helpful in a book like this seeing that it gives a lot of flesh and bones to the biblical priorities outlined.

If you were critical of some of Driscoll's previous books due to language or questionable references (as I was with Vintage Jesus) you will have little to complain about here. From my perspective this is the type of product that really quiets and encourages sincere critics who want to see Driscoll's work used greatly in the church. If you are a Driscoll hater, well, he couldn't do or say much that would ever satisfy you. The writing style remains engaging, biblical, funny, and real; which are all virtues from Driscoll's pen.

One of the main strengths of the book is the way in which the authors tackle weighty ecclesiastical issues without flinching. Chapters like, Who is Supposed to Lead a Church?, Why is Preaching Important?, What is Church Discipline?, and What is a Missional Church? are not necessarily soft chapters. The authors deal with the issues biblically and tactfully. And this is where I find real encouragement in this book. This book will be read by thousands of young church planters over the next decade.
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Format: Hardcover
Mark Driscoll, founding pastor/teaching elder of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA, and Gerry Breshears, theology professor and division chair for the school of biblical and theological studies at Western University, follow-up their book Vintage Jesus, with a book that discusses what church is.

As in the previous work, chapters deal with issues directly affecting church as we know it and are followed with FAQ sections in reference to the previous chapter's topic. The design and flow of the book are pretty good. As usual, Driscoll relies well on his skill as a communicator to present his views. In the book you'll find a well-developed definition of what church is, a discussion of church history, and a philosophy on where church is going. Topics addressed include church leadership, worship, and discipline among others.

While the authors are quick to point out that local expressions of the church can be healthy regardless of size, the focus of the "where the church is headed" sections of the book tend to be an apologetic for the multi-site, video-enhanced, mega church pattern. One would not find fault in this seeing as how that is the pattern which is practiced at Mars Hill.

Distracting from the authors' intent are the chapters entitled "How Is Love Expressed in a Church?" (which is cumbersome and off-topic), and "What is a Multi-Campus Church?" and "How Can a Church Utilize Technology?" (both of which take on a tone that seems to border on justification rather than teaching). On the other hand, the chapters entitled "What Is Church Discipline?" and "What Is a Missional Church?" are particularly helpful and insightful.
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