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"Mark has a gift of taking weighty ideas and expressing them in clear and lively language."
Bruce A. Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Serious, informed, reverent, but not technical discussions of great themes."
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"Simply and superbly written! Mark Driscoll has given us tools that can be placed in the hands of a skeptic or seeker, a new believer or mature saint."
Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"These accessible books will encourage believers to see that theology is not an afterthought in the mission of God and the life of his church."
Ed Stetzer, President, LifeWay Research; author, Subversive Kingdom

"These books are well worth an hour of your time."
Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor, LifeChurch.tv; author, WEIRD: Because Normal Isn't Working

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 the #1 New York Times best-selling Real Marriage, co-written with his wife Grace. 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.

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  • Series: A Book You'll Actually Read
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (June 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433501368
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433501364
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 6.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,577,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pastor Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church, based in Seattle, Washington, and one of the most popular preachers in the world today.

In 2010, Preaching magazine named him one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years. Pastor Mark's online sermons are downloaded millions of times each year, he is the author of over 15 books, and he has also written for CNN, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and many other outlets.

With a skillful mix of bold presentation, accessible teaching, and compassion for those who are hurting the most--in particular, women who are victims of sexual and physical abuse and assault--Pastor Mark has taken biblical Christianity into cultural corners rarely explored by evangelicals. He has been grilled by Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters on The View, gone head-to-head with Piers Morgan on CNN, debated the existence of evil with Deepak Chopra on ABC's Nightline, bantered with the gang on Fox and Friends, and explained biblical sexuality on Loveline with Dr. Drew.

Numerous ministries trace their roots to Pastor Mark's leadership. He is the founder of Resurgence, which offers resources for Christian leaders, including books, events, classes, multimedia, and a blog that welcomes 7 million visits annually. He is the cofounder of the Acts 29 Network, which has planted over 400 churches in the U.S. and over a dozen other nations. In 2010, following a cataclysmic earthquake in Haiti, Pastor Mark cofounded Churches Helping Churches with James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel. The organization raised $2.7 million in funds and delivered an additional $1.7 million in medical supplies to the devastated country.

Born in North Dakota, Mark Driscoll grew up in south Seattle, the son of a union drywaller. After graduating from high school, he attended Washington State University on scholarship. He became a Christian during his freshman year, and finished college with a degree in speech communication from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication. He later completed a master's degree in exegetical theology from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

In 1996, at the age of 25, Pastor Mark and his wife, Grace, started a small Bible study at their home in Seattle, the least churched city in the U.S. at the time. By God's grace, Mars Hill Church grew beyond all expectations, and now gathers weekly across 15 locations in five states: Washington, Oregon, California, New Mexico, and Arizona. In 2012, Mars Hill was recognized as the third fastest growing and 28th largest church in the country by Outreach magazine.

Pastor Mark and Grace enjoy raising the "fab five" Driscoll kids, and he's grateful to be a nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody.

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In the midst of our culture of ever expanding information, it can be difficult to get a clear picture of who God really is. The portraits of God painted in recent books, movies, & magazines are often confusing at their best and downright wrong at their worst. I'm confident that this short book by Mark Driscoll will be a valuable resource that will add clarity to the fragmented picture many people have of God.

Mark is very engaging as a speaker. The same style that draws you into his sermons and lectures is alive and well in his writing. The material in this book is presented in a concise and clear manner that is accessible to the philosophically and theologically astute as well as the novice. There are two focuses in this book. First, Mark wants the reader to have a better understanding of who God is, in order that they might have a life-changing relationship of loving trust with him. Second, he wants to give a philosophical and theological explanation for who God is.

The book is broken down into five chapters and two appendices.

* Chapter 1: Knowledge about God
* Chapter 2: Perspectives about God
* Chapter 3: Nature of God
* Chapter 4: Incarnation of God
* Chapter 5: Worship of God
* Appendix 1: Websites for further study
* Appendix 2: Books for further study

Throughout the entire book, Mark backs up nearly every point he makes with a scripture reference. Readers will want to have their Bibles at hand. I would also encourage readers to take the time to read through the appendices in order to get familiar with various internet and print resources that Mark has recommended to enhance the reader's study of who God is and other apologetics-related topics.
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Driscoll has the right idea. I was looking to promote a newer book that provides a short, simple, and theologically accurate explanation of the nature of God. For the most part, Driscoll meets the criteria. For the most part, that is. As a bonus, Driscoll throws in some apologetics and various worldview stuff (which turn out to contain maybe the best material in the book).

Short. It is that, though I was unable to read it in an hour (despite the advertisement in the intro). It took me a couple but, admittedly, I stop often to underline and make notes.

Simple. There are some big words that those new to apologetics will trip on but the author generally does a good job of defining the terms if the context doesn't already take care of it.

Accurate. Here's where I'm not altogether thrilled with the book. I was in disagreement with how the attributes were assigned but that's not the end of the world. What really got me were the numerous theologically and otherwise imprecise statements.

For example, there is a statement about "mere monotheism" (p. 30) as if Trinitarianism is qualified monotheism. Later, (p. 57) Driscoll asserts that Jesus' claim to be God "crushed the monotheists' claim that God is anyone other than the Trinitarian God of the Bible." But orthodox folks never make such a claim and they are always monotheistic. Yes, some monotheists deny the Trinity but Driscoll doesn't spell out who they are as he should. It's a bit like telling a foreign exchange student, "The southerners' claim that whites are superior has been refuted." It pays to be specific- that's all I'm saying.

Also, Driscoll writes (p. 59) that "no leader of any religion has ever claimed to be God." Is he counting out the cults?
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This is an awesome book! It contains answers to questions I've always wondered about and includes responses to skeptics, free thinkers, and new age types. Well done Mark Driscoll. Well done!
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If you seek a quick, succinct, clear and easy-to-read guide to better understand the central tenets about God, then look no further. Certainly, you could read a more comprehensive theology textbook, but you then would have to make it through hundreds of pages in order to extract the same basic themes. Without question, On Who is God never strays away from the Biblical text.

In the introduction, author Mark Driscoll draws the analogy that the book is a defense of the God of the Bible in the midst of a pagan society with many other deities--so, like the apostle Paul's speech before the Areopagus to the unbelieving Athenians thousands of years ago, this book is read as a philosophical, rational, intellectual, and theological weapon to be used by believers in defense of God in the contemporary world. At the same time, On Who is God provides convincing arguments for Trinitarianism for those who are curious or on the fence.

The book is divided into five chapters. The first two chapters "Knowledge about God" and "Perspectives about God" do not deal with God per se but respectively describe the arguments in favor of God's existence and the different models of theism (e.g. Atheism, Pantheism, Monotheism, and Trinitarianism). The last three chapters dig deeper into answering, "Who is God?" by describing God's characteristics ("Nature of God"), the deity of Christ ("The Incarnation of God"), and ways to glorify God ("Worship of God").

For me, what separates this book from the rest is that it starts by contemplating the question, "Does God exist?" and then proceeds down a track of philosophy, reason, logic and Biblical revelation to conclude that yes, He does exist, and then explore the limitations of other theistic ideologies in order to arrive at a single truth.
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