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Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions (Re:Lit:Vintage Jesus) Hardcover – June 5, 2009
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"Driscoll has a unique gift of unpacking and explaining lofty truth in a language any of us can understand. Not only does Religion Saves challenge readers, but it also allows them room to wrestle. This is a fantastic book full of biblical truth. You can't help but walk away thinking about the content daily."
—LeCrae Moore, hip-hop artist, Reach Records
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Question 9: Birth Control
This chapter is to be appreciated. Driscoll goes over the biblical view of people as God's creation, families and children. He then lays out a helpful over view of the history of birth control. Birth control is looked at in five different levels. No birth control (19), natural (33), non-abortive (34), potentially abortive (37) and abortive murder (40). He walks the reader through the different forms of each type of birth control and attempts to give biblical guidance for each. Mixed in with Driscoll's answers are historical and medical research. I found this chapter helpful as it offers a good over view and wisdom from which to make decisions.
Question 8: Humor
Next to the question what is too crude for a pastor and the pulpit, this is a much wondered about question from Driscoll's perspective. I appreciate much of Driscoll's humor. Not all of it. Even though no particular group is under his radar as names them off I wonder at times just how pastoral this approach is.Read more ›
This inspiration for the book comes from I Corinthians 9:22-23 where the apostle Paul answers questions from the Corinthian Church through a letter. He subsequently becomes “all things to all people” by serving as a common reference point for all people from all walks of life. Religion Saves was written based upon the 9 most popular questions asked via an open forum to the church on any topic under the sun.
One reason why this book triumphs is that it takes a very Bible-oriented, yet rational and intellectual approach to address all questions from several angles. Driscoll never goes off on a rant and says “this is how it is,” but addresses all questions in a very comprehensive manner, begins with issue’s history, cites specific biblical references, and then incorporates truths and data from modern sources (both secular and non-secular). The chapter on predestination for example, addresses the historical development of the idea from the first century, describes the two schools of Calvinism and Arminianism, and then comes to a complete conclusion citing specific verses and therein answering more questions on the topic.Read more ›
Questions covered deal with dating and sex, the long standing debate between Arminians and Calvinists, Catholics and Protestants, the emerging church and how Christians should relate to culture and the lost. The chapter on what worship is and isn't describes differing views about this in a clear and balanced way. This is an excellent and well researched book written in an easy to read format.
Religion Saves is based on a sermon series Driscoll preached at Mars Hill Church, of which he is founding pastor. On the church's web site, they had people vote on questions they had about church, faith, God, whatever, and then vote for the top questions. Then during the series, they had Q and A sessions, included questions texted to the pastor, for clarification and further questions (apparently he fields questions like this every time he preaches). Hundreds of questions, thousands of votes, and nine sermons later, this book is the result. While Driscoll's style includes plenty of humor, off-the-cuff remarks, and colloquial language, I was surprised by the depth and scholarship that he demonstrated as well.
Many, if not most of Driscoll's congregants are young and single, and many of them formerly unchurched, having been immersed in our free-wheeling, sexualized culture, which explains why three of the nine chapters deal with sex. He writes on birth control, dating, and sexual sin. In these chapters he is very frank, bordering on explicit (not in a titilating way, but instructionally). Some of his teaching on sex has drawn the ire of his critics.Read more ›
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Poor tone. Parts of this book seem like an attempt to justify a harsh stance.Published 9 months ago by Mitch pinion
I like Mark's sense of humor and it kept my attention throughout the entire read.Published 11 months ago by Greg Bahnsen Burner
Ok book. Kind of preachy and one sided. When you're reading if you've ever listed to Driscoll you can almost hear him yelling what he's reading.Published 13 months ago by Jacob Castro
If you've ever asked any of these questions, read this book! You'll like the answers, for they're biblical, Christian, well-thought out responses to popular questions in the church... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just great and interesting thoughts on a variety of topics. We used for a small group study and worked well.Published on January 15, 2014 by Alice Willis
Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA is certainly no stranger to addressing what can be considered some of the more controversial religious and cultural topics... Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Michael C. Boling
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Mark's clear and concise preaching styles is in crisp form in this book. Controversial subjects like Predestination and birth control are covered with both respect to the... Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Jeff Thun
Like so many of Driscoll's past works, Religion Saves is relevant to our modern culture. However, this book is a bit unique. Read morePublished on February 19, 2012 by B. Cravens