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Xclusively into insular tribes lobbing e bombs at each other in cyberspaceMark's book is a clarion call for Christians It's time to get to work We can only do this if we unite around Jesus and the essentials found in his Word while at the same time appreciating the distinctives within each Christian tribe Mark shows us how to do just that This isn't the time to wait or debate Join the resurgen. This review by Dr Nicholson has been provided courtesy of Desert Bible Institute wwwdesertbibleinstitutecomAfter listening to Mark Driscoll s newest book A Call to Resurgence I feel like I just went through a week of seminaron fast forwarduphill I would gladly tell you what Driscoll talks about if only I could figure out what he left out A Call to Resurgence is a fast paced insightful straight forward work that doesn t bother to pull any punches In his introduction Driscoll sums this up by saying that there are two primary groups that will listen to his book those who agree with him on some level and those who are looking to cast stones Being a good considerate Christian he has piled up said stones for the second group s convenienceDriscoll presents his well researched well thought out points in his patent off the cuff sarcastic style This will likely leave the listeners thinking laughing or grinding their teeth all depending on how close they are to Drisoll s position on a myriad of biblical doctrinal and missional topics Regardless of what side of each of these issues you fall on the arguments presented are not easily waved away Driscoll sets up solid arguments with far reaching real life examples coupled with scholarly proof Feel free to dislike what he has to say however if listeners can set aside their pre conceived notions and biases for a few hours they will find that Driscoll makes some very valid if somewhat disturbing observations about both the church and the direction of Christianity todayOne of the areas that Driscoll addresses that was particularly beneficial was the idea of tribes He talks about what we believe and why we believe it I have always found myself shying away from classification since I felt it might limit me or stymie my spiritual growth in some way After listening to what Driscoll shared though I realized that we need to know what we re not to know what we are Additionally it is difficult if not impossible to explain what you believe unless you know what beliefs are out there It s a little like explaining to someone who has been blind since birth what the color blue is With no basis of comparison explanation is largely an exercise in futilityA secondary area that I found engaging was the author s detailed analysis of various doctrines and how they are viewed by the various tribes of the Christian faith I have to admit that I was so impressed with this section that I went out and purchased a hardcover of his book Doctrine What Christians Should Believe I did this primarily because I wanted to hear even information it greater detail I have to admit that I also did this to slow him down In listening to this section it felt like the theological euivalent of putting instant milk into condensed soup and warming it up in a microwave If had gone through in any uickly his flux capacitor would have engaged and he would have gone back in time I m not sure if this is a criticism or my awe at the fact that he could cram that much information into so little space so uickly Airline passengers around the world grow green with envy at his professional alacrity as well speak If only they could do physically what he does verbally they could pack all the inventory of their local super Wal Mart into a carry on bagA final area that was not only useful but highly scholarly was Driscoll s fairly lengthy appendix on church history I found it useful and enlightening to uickly trace where many of the roots of ideas and values in many American tribes came from It made me wonder in fact if they even know As a pastor of an independent non denominational church I find myself working in the midst of churches ranging from charismatics to fundamentalists It was useful to see how coming out of the same place historically speaking these churched ended up where they are It was enlightening to see the predominate points that we all agree as well as the secondary points that we differ on Not only was this engaging from an academic sense but also it gave me some tools for crossing the imagined boundaries that exist between brothers and sisters within the faith communityMike Chamberlain did a great job of narrating this book He had a great sense of pacing tone and timing At one point I actually stopped the recording to check that it wasn t the author doing the narrating always a good sign I look forward to hearing voice work done by Chamberlain The Christian community needs understandable talented speakers to help share God s WordDr Nicholson reviews academic Christian living and fiction books for a variety of publishers in an array of formats He is never paid for any of his reviews He writes these strictly as a courtesy to his students at Desert bible Institute and for any other readers that might find his insights valuable For reviews or information visit Dr Nicholson s blog at drtnicholsonwordpresscomA copy of the book was generously offered to Dr Nicholson by christianaudiocom in exchange for this unbiased review

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A Call to Resurgence

It's tempting to believe that the Christian faith is alive and well in our country today Our politicians talk about God Our mega churches are filled Christian schools dot our landscape Brace yourself It's an illusion Believe it or not only 8 percent of Americans profess and practice true evangelical Christian faith There are left handed people than evangelical Christians in AmericaIn this book. A Call to Resurgence is a clarion call for Christians to rise out of the ashes of Christendom 8 and the Moral Majority and return to a spoken gospel focusing on Jesus Christ s finished work 24 and work towards unity with different tribes within the Church A lot of the first chapters were heavy on politics social issues and cultural issues He traces the history of evangelicalism starting with the beginning of the nineteenth century and looks at issues like pornography father hunger and homosexuality to show how Christendom diedDriscoll then classifies the Christian tribes for the record I hate the term tribes within the Church He starts this section with a brief defense of the Elephant Room 2 debacle and T D Jakes The main point of the entire fiasco according to Driscoll was T D Jakes didn t know other Christian leaders in his tribe The point is that Christianity has become so splintered and separated that even Christian leaders don t know each other 85 Ironically he says later that when he is talking about fellowship between tribes he s not talking about tolerating false teaching wolves who in the name of false unity love the sheep in order to feast on them 115Read the entire review here

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Mark Driscoll delivers a wake up call for every believer We are living in a post Christian culture a culture fundamentally at odds with faith in Jesus This is good and bad news The good news is that God is still working redeeming people from this spiritual wasteland and inspiring a resurgence of faithful believers The bad news is that many believers just don't get it They continue to gather e. In an age where it seems at every turn our once Christian oriented society is rejected God at seemingly all levels of society it is a natural inclination to seek to assess what is going on and for that matter whether we as believers as living in a post Christian milieu This further begs the uestion as to whether the Church is actually on mission or whether our time has been unduly consumed with internal suabbling and bickering over so called theological or socially focused turf wars What are the important things for the Church to be concerned with in an age where God is constantly mocked in the public suare and then many denominations have seemed to crumble under the weight of social pressures It is to these very issues that pastor and author Mark Driscoll addresses in his latest book A Call to Resurgence Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a FutureAnyone even vaguely familiar with Mark Driscoll will be immediately aware that his books often create a firestorm of controversy before they have even hit the bookshelves and this effort is clearly no exception Perhaps this is due to an element of anti Driscoll bias that some individuals have or it may be a result of Driscoll s admittedly overly candid or misplaced statements at times With that said despite any past foibles this effort by Driscoll has much to be commended as it outlines the current state of Christianity to include the tribes various believers occupy whether those tribal boundaries are worth fighting over a discussion of just what should be deemed a point of focus for the church and a call for the body of Christ to get back on or to remain focused on what is ultimately our mission namely the proclamation of the gospelBeing a pastor in Seattle Washington has afforded Driscoll the opportunity to have dealt with the post Christian liberally oriented perspective that is increasingly bolting its way across the country This hostility towards anything remotely related to God or biblical truth is no longer a trend and in the opinion of Driscoll Christendom as a cultural norm in our country has come to an end This may seem harsh or a misplaced commentary by many however one uick look at what comes through the media pipeline will uickly demonstrate that the godless are on a roll This post modern approach to truth has created a society that opposes itself to the absolute truth of Scripture Driscoll aptly notes one area where the godless agenda has made headway is the push for the broad based acceptance of homosexuality His own personal experience as one who is often interviewed by secular media provides Driscoll the ability to rightly note that the uestion Do you affirm gay marriage has uickly transformed from a uestion of personal opinion to a mandatory moral checkpoint that secular culture uses to evaluate the validity of a person s entire perspective Further the impact of pornography has moved from the side streets and dark alleys to the main streets of American with an open invitation for sexual deviancy Add to this a lack of tolerance for anything but the intolerant attitude of post modern advocates and as Driscoll ably declares Apart from the Holy Spirit dropping a grace bomb with a mushroom cloud of revival the good days are behind us and hard days are ahead He follows this correct assessment with another correct assessment namely The church is facing a great opportunity or harvest to use the biblical term to be a far reaching and substantial movement of the Holy Spirit to see many come to Jesus Arguably the section of this book that has created the most discussion is the section on what Driscoll labels as tribalism After reading the reviews by a number of other individuals who have worked through this book I was honestly anticipating reading something that would be either shocking incorrect misplaced or completely out of touch with the current state of evangelical affairs After actually reading this section for myself I submit the uproar by some seems to overlook the intent of Driscoll in that section given he clearly states these uestions do not get into all areas of theology they do address the areas that most commonly color tribal affinity Driscoll presents a series of four uestions that cover the often heated debates within evangelicalism surrounding being Reformed or Arminian Complementarian or Egalitarian Continuationist or Cessationist and Missional or Fundamental He provides a uick but worthy overview of what each position believes to include the major church leaders and authors that are influential within those so called tribes The entire purpose of such an exercise is to provide the reader a chance to take stock of what they believe why they believe it with the added element of understanding the basics of each position There is no intent by Driscoll in this chapter to advocate for one perspective over the other although he does provide where he stands on the issues in recognition that even he falls within a certain tribal affiliation The point of this chapter is to help the reader realize where the internal debates are taking place or what Driscoll notes are the tribal boundaries where the skirmishes most often occur as each tribe engages the other tribe on these deeply held positions This background leads the discussion to the next logical stage namely understanding what issues are worth collectively fighting for and what issues might best be served taking if anything a temporary back seat Driscoll correctly evaluates that Primary border issues are points of division between Christians and non Christians Secondary border issues are points of distinction among Christians These issues merit discussion debate and distinction among tribes but they should not be a point of division if we are to see a resurgence of real Christianity This is an important point to make as tribes often spend time battling one another over these secondary border issues rather than staying focused on the greater mission of the Church that of declaring the gospel with clarity fervency and faithfulness to a world sorely in need of absolute biblically oriented truth found only in the Word of God Those who are so overly committed to their particular tribes position that it clouds or inhibits the mission of the church do need to evaluate their efforts Driscoll is not saying such issues are not important nor is he saying they are not worthy of discussion What he is declaring and rightfully so in my opinion is these issues should not hamper the greater mission of the church which is of course to reach the lost with the Gospel Part of understanding where you stand on a given issue involves the needed evaluation which Driscoll provides in part in this particular book He does not cover every single issue that is up for debate on any given day rather he provides a good overview of the main points that evangelicals agree upon in regards to theology breaking those points down further into the typical secondary border issues that most overly consume their time debating unfortunately to the expense of being actively on taskThe big overall takeaway from this book is that while there is nothing inherently wrong with belonging to one tribe or another as the body of Christ we should not let any secondary wars get in the way of proclaiming the gospel Arguments over methods of worship church structure what bible translation to use or whether the Left Behind books are real or fictional accounts of end time events while the focus of far too many bloggers writers preachers and church members do have their place With that said the place of such arguments has far too often superseded the much needed focus on spreading the gospel message In this post Christian environment in which we live are we being overly tribal Driscoll asserts the unfortunate answer is typically yes to that uestion and I have to say I agree with his assessment Does a post Christian environment mean all hope is lost Driscoll saliently responds with the fact that We have been chosen by God to live at this time and in this culture with all its faults and flaws as part of the church of Jesus Christ with all her faults and flaws as people with our own faults and flaws Today we have an unprecedented opportunity for mission Christendom may have died but in that death there is a real opportunity for a resurgence of biblically faithful personally humble evangelistically fruitful missional Christianity While every element of A Call to Resurgence may not be perfect the overall premise Driscoll makes and continually drives home throughout this book is very much needed in an age where to a large degree many within the body of Christ have become distracted by lesser issues while society around them is crying out for truth To that end this book is highly successful and it certainly helped this reviewer evaluate his approach on uite a number of subjects helping me along the way realize the need to constantly declare the truth and shine the light in the midst of darkness


10 thoughts on “A Call to Resurgence

  1. says:

     Mark Driscoll A Call to Resurgence Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? Carol Stream IL Tyndale House Publishers Inc 2013 Hardback KindleI do not often read Mark Driscoll I am neither a Calvinist nor a complementarian as he is; and I don’t appreciate his occasionally bombastic statements But when a copy of his new book showed

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    It's Driscoll so you are going to get raw truth Sometimes it burns sometimes it feels good and sometimes pisses you off I personally would rathe

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    A Call to Resurgence is a clarion call for Christians to rise out of the ashes of Christendom 8 and the Moral Majority and return to a spoken gospel focusing on Jesus Christ’s finished work 24 and work towards unity with different tribes within the Church A lot of the first chapters were heavy on politics social issues and cultural issues He traces the history of evangelicalism starting with the beginning of the nineteenth century and loo

  4. says:

    In an age where it seems at every turn our once Christian oriented society is rejected God at seemingly all levels of soc

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    Don't give up don't ever give up Driscoll doesn't use those exact words in this book it is actually a uote from Jim Valvano's famous cancer speech but I think it sums up well the message that Driscoll wants to convey to t

  6. says:

    Great book on the current affairs of the church and how to reason with it Mark deals with multiple different den

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    This review by Dr Nicholson has been provided courtesy of Desert Bible Institute wwwdesertbibleinstitutecomAfter listening to Mark Driscoll

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    This is a great book and I highly recommend it

  9. says:

    This book is a powerful wakeup call for the church and for Christianity

  10. says:

    Great books are written and only few people take the time to read it Not only read it but critically think about it and review it Some read the book and immediately put pen to paper and start casting a review either posit

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