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Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods (Re:Lit:Vintage Jesus) Hardcover – December 23, 2008
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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 another work by Brashers and Driscoll that is focused on bringing a biblical understanding of a Christian issue (church) to the everyday person in a way that is clear and yet sound in its teaching. Most people, I believe, from the everyday Christian to the deep thinking theologian will enjoy this read as it is filled with difficult issues that have divided the church (women preaching, tithing, sin, church discipline, etc.), but addresses them in common language that all would grasp and understand. Often, in our world today, people try to skirt around the issues, but not Brashers and Driscoll as they take them head on and do not back away just because it might cause backlash.
One of the greatest strengths of this book is in the writing style as it brings up some difficult questions and issues and addresses them in a very comprehensible way and they work hard to keep it biblically focused. I love how they take topics like preaching, elders, baptism, etc., and address the not only from the topic itself, but have questions that are commonly brought up about such topics and they answers them as well. This makes for an enjoyable read as you're focus goes from the subject and then to questions brought about be the topic in which they address.
Overall, I recommend this book to all those looking to better understand the church and, as I know many will, for those looking on knowing where Gerry Brashears and Mark Driscoll (who most are probably interested in) stand when it comes to the church, its mission, vision and purpose.
In the chapter on church unity a detailed discussion of what divides the church including: heretics, pride, legalism, distrust, traditionalism, to little or too much organization, founder dysfunction, mission loss and doing too much.
The book contains a wealth of information, is carefully researched as well as lived by the authors. It's a book written in language understandable for both pastors and laity.