Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Review: A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? by Mark Driscoll

Review: A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?
Mark Driscoll
Tyndale House Publishers

The title says it all.  The premise is do or die essentially.  Driscoll presents the current situation as he sees it, how it got that way, and what to do about it.  There’s a lot of good stuff in this book.  He likens the current religious climate to that of what the disciples faced back in their day.  Pluralism and a government that endeavors to protect all the different world views out there, as long as there’s no trouble.  He does not emphasize that religious freedom is one of the founding freedoms of this country, even if you don’t agree with any of them.   

Driscoll’s work does do something needful.  It calls to its readers to clarify their beliefs, their world view if you will.  Does it match the way the readers live or match what the readers say?  Does it line up with Scripture?  He also discusses points that he feels are not negotiable and some that divide believers, but are not as important.  Is he saying some major on the minors?  I think so.  His discussion of the different positions is insightful.  At least for me.  His synopsis of church history was nicely done too.  Short, but hit the most of the highpoints along the way.  Overall there is a much positive information in this book to mull over.

But----this book was spoiled (for me) by the style of Driscoll’s presentation.  It is as if he wanted it set in all caps with lots of exclamation points.  Happily the publisher controlled that part of it and showed amazing restraint in letting his style show through so clearly.   So, if you can get passed all the style there is reason to take this book seriously.  

Overall, I recommend this book with the above reservations.  

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a review.

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