Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions
After 343,203 online votes on the Mars Hill Church website, nine questions for Pastor Mark Driscoll emerged as the ones most urgently calling for answers.
Inspired by 1 Corinthians, in which Paul answers a series of questions posed by the people in the Corinthian church, Pastor Mark Driscoll set out to determine the most controversial questions among visitors to the Mars Hill Church website. In the end, 893 questions were asked and 343,203 votes were cast. The top nine questions are now each answered in a chapter of Religion Saves.
After an introductory chapter devoted to the misconception that religion is what saves us, Driscoll tackles nine issues: birth control, humor, predestination, grace, sexual sin, faith and works, dating, the emerging church, and the regulative principle.
Because the purpose of this book is to address commonly asked questions, all readers will find relevant, engaging material, written in Driscoll's distinctively edgy, yet theologically sound style.
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Review: Religion Saves: And Nine Other MisconceptionsUser Review - Christianbook.com
Let me tell you Mark doesnt hold back in this book! wow. I was surprised at how he jumped right in with his candid remarks (ie. in the opening about people giving him flack for having five kids!)I like what Mark does to dispel the lies here. He brings Gods Word, and historical facts to challenge misconstrued beliefs and I was surprised and actually a little relieved when I read the first chapter on Birth Control. This is such a hot topic and he digs deep into what Gods Word says not what the expert Christians say. That meant a lot to me, as I know Ive felt demeaned and hurt by a lot of Christian views (never mind non-Christian views) on this subject. I love that he says Children are a blessing, not a command. Were we commanded to have children, then those who never marry, like Jesus, and those who are barren would be in sin for not obeying Gods command.I wont even attempt to do the chapter justice, but let me just say he gives a very large look at this topic and I was surprised and encouraged and shocked even by some of his findings (in a good way.)I appreciate Marks humor through out. For a few moments of crying, the next moment Im laughing out loud and Mr. C is giving me strange looks and than I end up reading to him.. I love it. He really brings the heaviness of the subjects to a real level of understanding, and uses humor to make us realize our mistakes.I will admit this book is not for the faint of heart and that some people will not appreciate his humor or his exploration of certain topics. They will be upset by his findings (though they are biblical) basically he doesnt swirl around the subject but is straight foward very in-you-face style that I quite honestly love. He is not ashamed of the gospel and doesnt hesitate to make fun of himself for his short comings, while doing so in love.Ill be digging into more of Marks books in the future!
For any anyone!User Review - Overstock.com
This book was bought for my mother-in-law who is not a believer. She actually likes the book!