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 http://relit.org/religionsaves.

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.

MARK DRISCOLL:

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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7/13

Andrew at Drew Ackermann  http://drewackermann.wordpress.com

Tammy at Grateful in GA http://GratefulinGa.blogspot.com

Joe at Joe Snake http://joesnake.neoblogs.org/

7/14

Sally at An Observation of Mercy   http://paraklesis.com/an_observation/

Linda at God, Grace and Giggles http://www.lindamaebaldwin.com/blog/default.aspx

Clayton at Clayton Bell Online http://www.claytonbellonline.com

Nicole at Gidget Goes Homes      http://gidgetgoeshome.com

7/15

Chris at Intersected http://intersected.org

MaryBeth at Four Silly Sisters http://www.foursillysistersreview.blogspot.com

Stephanie at The Blakes on a Mission http://www.theblakesthailand.blogspot.com/

Nathan at Bliss the Family http://blissthefamily.wordpress.com

7/16

Jennifer at Quiver Full Family               http://quiverfullfamily.com

Deborah at Comfort Joy                      http://comfortjoydesigns.blogspot.com

Suzanne at Suzannesaphone http://suzannesaphone.wordpress.com

Rachel at Grasping for Objectivity www.graspingforobjectivity.com

7/17

Priscilla at My Little Corner of the Web http://mylittlecorneroftheweb.blogspot.com

Janet at GA Home 2 Mom http://gahome2mom.blogspot.com

Denise at Thus Far the Lord has Helped Me www.nisefunpages.blogspot.com

Amy at Amy’s Random Thoughts www.amychristopher.blogspot.com

7/18

Kristina at Loving Heart Mommy http://www.lovingheartmommy.com

Brad at Never Separated, Yet Always Searching         http://bradcopeland.wordpress.com/

Amy at The 160 Acre Woods http://the160acrewoods.com

Mindy at Ponderings of the Heart http://philippians4verse8.blogspot.com:80/

7/20

Pam at Without Fear   http://withoutfear08.blogspot.com/

Margaret at The Cappuccino Life http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/cappuccinosmom/profile/

Michelle at Chelled http://www.chelled.blogspot.com

Bryant at North of the Ordinary http://northoftheordinary.blogspot.com/

7/21

Scoti at Springs Writers http://www.springswriters.blogspot.com

Jennifer at Jennifer’s Snapshot  http://www.jennifersnapshot.blogspot.com

Camille at There is a Season  www.thereisaseason.blogspot.com

Danica at The Journey of Writer Danica Favorite http://www.danicafavorite.blogspot.com

7/22

Kayla at Kayla Finley                              http://kaylafinley.com

AnnMarie  at More Than Just A Mom http://afriedrick.blogspot.com

Kelly at Love Well                                 http://www.lovewell.blogspot.com

Tricia at It’s Real Life http://triciagoyer.blogspot.com

7/23

Cassie at Cassie Graves           http://cassiegraves.wordpress.com

Jarrod at Jarrod Haggard        www.jarrodhaggard.blogspot.com

Mary at Daily into Devotion   http://RefreshMoments.com–Turning

Sarah at Reborn Butterfly       http://www.rebornbutterfly.wordpress.com

7/24

Melodee at Actual Unretouched Photo http://www.unretouchedphoto.com

Heather at All Things Hendrick           http://www.allthingshendrick.blogspot.com

Jennifer at Rundpinne                          http://www.rundpinne.blogspot.com

Laura at Lighthouse Academy             http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/

7/25

Marta at Marta’s Meanderings http://martasmeanderings.blogspot.com

Ryan at The Redemption Blog http://www.theredemptionblog.com

Michelle at Edgy Inspirational Author http://www.michellesutton.net

Kaylea at My Scrappy Life http://kaytebug2002.blogspot.com

7/27

Melissa at Breath of Life          http://breathoflifeministries.blogspot.com/

Heather at Life As We Know It http://thelittlesprouts.blogspot.com/

Lori at Laurel’s Reflections http://laurelwreathsreflections.com

Scott  at A Day First  http://www.adadfirst.com

7/28

Mark at Here I Blog    http://hereiblog.com

Amy at Sprightly-AmyAnne http://sprightly-amyanne.blogspot.com

Mandy at Becoming    http://www.mandarin21.blogspot.com

Christy at Christy’s Book Blog http://christysbookblog.blogspot.com/

7/29

Erin at Connected to Christ http://connected2christ.com/theblog/

John at Resolved   http://resolvedsgc.blogspot.com/

Shanna at The Beauty of Surrender www.thebeautyofsurrender.blogspot.com

Kate at The Accidental Traveler                      http://katemcdonald.wordpress.com

7/30

Christy at Critty Joy    http://cirttyjoy.wordpress.com

Danielle at Miss.Mouthy          http://missmouthy.com/

Kate at A Simple Walk http://asimplewalk.blogspot.com/

Tammy at Ramblings by Tammy http://ramblingsbytammy.blogspot.com

7/31

Kimberly at Team Nelson http://www.teamnelson.wordpress.com

Mimi at Mimi’s Pixie Corner http://tagsandotherformsofmischief.blogspot.com/

Vera at Luxury Reading http://luxuryreading.com

Deena at A Peek at My Bookshelf       http://deenasbooks.blogspot.com

8/1

Sarah at Real Life  http://www.reallifeblog.net

Karla at Looking Towards Heaven      http://karlascrazylife.blogspot.com

Leo at Videoadoracao http://www.videoadoracao.blogspot.com

Zack at The Rieslands http://www.therieslands.com

8/3

Tara at Tara’s View on Books http://tarasviewonbooks.blogspot.com/

Amy at Reading Too Late       http://readingtoolate.net

Suzanne at There’s No Place Like Home         http://clickingherheels.blogspot.com

Pamela at Aunt Pam’s Closet http://www.auntpamscloset.com

8/4

Jonathan at Jonathon Shrader http://www.jonathanshradar.com/

Pat at Why Didn’t You Warn Me        http://www.whydidntyouwarnme.com

Rachelle at Land of My Sojourn          http://www.landofmysojourn.net/blog

Christi at Christi’s BlaBlahBlog                       http://christis-blahblahblog.blogspot.com

8/5

Christa at Christa Sterken www.christasterken.wordpress.com

Jennifer at A Spacious Place http://jennifertiszai.blogspot.com/

Brooke at Brooke Turner Photography                      http://www.brooketurnerphotography.com/blog

Jared at Gospel Driven Church           http://www.gospeldrivenchurch.com

Dave at Ordinary Commentary           http://www.ordinarycommentary.com

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