A Call To Resurgeance (4.5/5)

26 Nov


There are two types of people in the church: Those who love Mark Driscoll, and those that love to throw stones at him.

Hating on Driscoll is a favorite pastime of bloggers all across the internet. Why? He wears his opinions on his sleeve and sometimes sticks his foot in his mouth. Disclaimer: I belong to the group that loves him—I think his passion for the gospel is infectious, I agree with many points of his theology, and I greatly enjoy his writing. If you’ve never been much of a Driscoll fan, I would encourage you to give this book an honest shot… I think you might be pleasantly surprised.

This book is a wake up call: In the past few years, for a number of reason which Driscoll spells out, the church has been falling apart. While Christians may be compromising in theology and arguing over ministry methodology, we can still right the ship if we can return to a Biblically-based missiology with Jesus at the center and lost people in mind.

Driscoll asserts that the Christian church today is suffering from a standing knockout. This is a boxing term in which a boxer is literally unconscious after multiple blows but is still standing. Driscoll names the series of blows that have left the church dazed and confused. As Driscoll points out, New Paganism, homosexuality, porn addiction, intolerant tolerance, bad fathers, and a lack of generosity are hindering our witness today. If we want to start reaching those of borrowed, lost, or non present faith, we need to start addressing these issues.

The other problem that Driscoll diagnoses in the book is that the church loves to eat it’s own. Rather than building the kingdom and reaching the lost, we get caught up in fighting each other. One of the largest aims of A Call To Resurgeance, is that Driscoll goes out of his way to extend the olive branch and bridge the divisions between different mindsets without diluting the gospel and embracing universalism. Driscoll does this brilliantly by talking about “national” borders (non-negotiables) and “state” borders (family church preferences that is not explicitly spelled out in scripture). By pointing out all the ways in which we can find agreement with the other guy, it makes the other details seem smaller and teamwork possible.

One of the tools that I enjoyed about the book was the appendix describing church history and defining the various tribes and movements impacting the church. Driscoll breaks down church history in an easily understood timeline and gives some solid advice on how movements and tribes can remain relevant as they grow.

While the picture that Driscoll paints of the state of the church feels a little bleak in places, there’s also a lot of hopefulness that we can still turn things around. Is “Christendom” dead? Yes, and that’s a good thing, because now we can move away from our comfortable passivity and start actually living like we should have been all along. The bottom line of this book: It’s time to weed out the garden… It’s time to bury the hatchet… It’s time to get back to work.

For more on the book, check out the website.

( I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their Tyndale Blog Network. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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