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Vintage Jesus: Timeless Answers to Timely Questions (Relit Theology) Hardcover – February 11, 2008
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About the Author
MARK DRISCOLL is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, one of the fastest-growing churches in America. He is president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and the Resurgence Missional Theology Cooperative.
GERRY BRESHEARS is professor of theology and chairman, Division of Biblical and Theological Studies, at Western Seminary. Dr. Breshears has taught at numerous Bible colleges and seminaries around the world and is a frequent guest on various radio and TV programs.
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Each of these authors has a unique style of writing and you can tell who is who throughout the book. It is important for both Christians and non-Christians to read this book because it answers many questions that people have. At times the book uses `heavy' theological terms, however Driscoll and Bershears do a nice job to break it down and explain.
Driscoll uses references of current culture to explain and expand on the principals of Jesus. It is important to remember that everyone needs Jesus, because Jesus alone is the way to God.
Driscoll writes "Our purpose is to glorify Jesus. Our place is with Jesus. Out fight is for Jesus. Our spirituality is Jesus. Our God is Jesus. Our joy is Jesus."
I highly recommend this book. To quote a reviewer comments from amazon.com "I recommend this book to anyone who thinks Jesus is a wussy or is looking for straight up biblical truth in an easy to read form."
If you're a very conservative Christian and have it all figured out you will be blown away by Pastor Mark's crass expression of the gospel. If you're a liberal "all paths lead to God" type, you will be set back by Mark's steadfast conviction that the Bible is the Word of God and truth. Personally, I find Mark's approach and heart for the Lord life-giving and packed full of hard-hitting biblical truths. As a matter of fact he is the Pastor of my second favorite church and is my second favorite Pastor to podcast.
The only fault I found in the book is that Pastor Mark communicated orally so well that nothing inside the pages jumped out at me as new. In essence this was the same great sermon and talks he graciously gives his congregations on a regular basis. Part of me was hopping for a new insight or revelation about King Jesus.
Having said that I can easily endorse this book and recommend it especially to those religious neat-nicks who need to learn and grow from Mark's hard hitting relevant truths. Also I can and do recommend this book to those liberal types who could use a hard dose of God's truth right between the eyes. Like Mark, or not, this book delivers in a way seldom found by the Glory preachers or the hard core religious types. This book, simple put, is music to my ears and psalms to my soul.
However, the first chapter was a little disappointing. If you're familiar with Driscoll, then you'll have heard his sermon at the 2006 Desiring God National Conference where he argued for a rigorous combining of biblical propositionalism and practical mission.
If you've heard that talk, then don't bother with the first chapter of Vintage Jesus - it's almost word for word.
But my consumer addictions aside, Vintage Jesus is more than just a doctrinal treatise on Reformed atonement theology; there are some very intimate insights into Driscoll as a pastor. He is a man who clearly cares for those he leads, often teetering somewhere between valiant confidence and overwhelming despair. Those moments in the book were quite touching - although I wouldn't tell Mark that!
The first page summarizes the book well: "This book is dedicated to anyone who takes Jesus seriously, but not themselves."