RELIGION SAVES: Is that the question or the answer?

Note from Christa: The family on the cover of this book reminded me of those families pictured in my first grade reader; I can only suppose that was intentional. Especially since I haven’t seen first grade in over fifty years.One of those visual “you think you’re going to be reading about old time religion, but wait until you open the cover” covers.

The questions in RELIGION SAVES, moving from #9 to #1, are about: birth control, humor, predestination, grace, sexual sin, faith and works, dating, the emerging church, and the regulative principle.

Questions 2 and 1 are two I would never ask because, frankly, I know too little of [and realize now that I understand too little of] them to have even asked. So, Driscoll’s responses to those two will require a bit more study and close reading on my part.

Questions 9-3 are topics I’ve dealt with and/or experienced. Some of his responses I agree with, some–not so much. The second part of the question posed in the “Humor” chapter, for example, is one I don’t think is directly addressed. Driscoll spends most of the chapter supporting the idea of “is it Biblical to be funny.”  But the question posed doesn’t ask whether being funny is biblical, it asks about jokes made about particular groups.

But, overall, I appreciate and admire Driscoll’s courage in his experiments during his “Religion Saves” sermon series. The congregation text-messaged him questions, which he answered live on the stage. Not only intense, but it reflects his wilingness to risk to, as he says, “debunk the junk promulgated by religion on everything.”

This is definitely a book worth reading and worth discussing with those in and outside of your church. You can find a sample chapter and audio chapter at

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.
Religion Saves
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. In his distinctively edgy, yet theologically sound style, Pastor Mark Driscoll addresses the nine most controversial questions posed by visitors to the Mars Hill Church website. This book is part of the Re:Lit series.


My past
I was born in Grand Forks North Dakota in 1970. As soon as my parents could afford a full tank of gas we left and ended up in Spokane, Washington, where we lived for a few years. By the time I started kindergarten we had moved to Seattle, where I have lived ever since. I grew up as the oldest of five children in an Irish Catholic working class home. My mom stayed home to raise us and make our home basically the community center where all the kids in the neighborhood hung out and played, and my dad worked very hard as a construction worker. At the age of seventeen I met my future wife Grace, Jesus saved me while in college at the age of nineteen, and Grace and I got married at twenty-one while still in college. We planted Mars Hill Church when we were twenty-five. Today we enjoy raising our five children.

My role at the church
I am the primary preaching pastor at Mars Hill and contribute to the vision of the church as an Executive Elder. I also help church planters as the president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network, help build strategic partnerships for Resurgence, and have a teaching ministry that includes writing books.

My vision for my area of oversight Pastor Mark Driscoll
I am always seeking to grow in my knowledge of the Bible so that I can most faithfully preach and teach about Jesus to as many people as possible. This includes what I consider comedy, although not everyone agrees, which I also find funny. Thanks to developments in technology, I am now able to preach to multiple campuses live via satellite on Sundays and also increase my preaching and teaching ministry by vodcast, podcast, iTunes, YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, and other web portals that help to multiply the effect of my ministry. I find these kinds of opportunities humbling, encouraging, and exciting. In the future I hope to continue to grow in my effectiveness as a Bible preacher and teacher and use any and every means to spread the news about Jesus like 1 Corinthians 9 extols. Simply, I want to do everything I can, taking every opportunity I can, to point as many people to Jesus as I can by the grace He provides.

You can find more of Mark at the Mars Hill Blog



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