Monday, August 06, 2007

The Radical Reformission - book review

Having been recommended this book a wee while ago, I finally got around to read it over the weekend. And my reaction? The Radical Reformission by Mark Driscoll is an excellent read!

Mark Driscoll is the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle - named after Mars Hill where Paul preached Christ amidst the Athenian culture. Preaching Christ in a culturally relevant way is the mission of Mars Hill, and is Driscoll's passion.

Yet before you write him off as part of the emerging church movement - with whatever baggage or assumptions you may hold about that section of the church, think again. Driscoll is radically committed to being faithful to the Scriptures as well as speaking to the contemporary culture.

I've read several books about the emerging church, and this has to be the best. Even though he doesn't pretend to write an academic book, he has taught me so much about the current church situation, as well as the mission field we are working in now. My understanding of post-modernism (whatever that is) has grown through reading Driscoll's take on culture.

But the best thing about the book? It has to be that it's written as if he's sitting talking to you while watching the TV. No airs or graces, just plenty of humour and relevance.

Reformission is about reforming the way we do mission - reformission is something we are, rather than something we do. 'The Radical Reformission will show you how to love the Lord through the unchanging gospel, and love your neighbour in our ever-changing culture.'

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