Once again Mark Driscoll has found his way into headlines with, what is now old news. Whether he is at the top of the NY best-seller list or in the midst of giving away his books at the Strange Fire conference, Driscoll has a way of getting underneath people’s skin. Former lead dog for the Acts 29 network and pastor of Mars Hill, Mark Driscoll has written A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? to battle the decline of Christianity in America. That may be the intention here, but this book feels more like a compilation of chapters from previous books than it does like a new one.
As i began this book most of what came to mind as I read was this vision of Driscoll, behind the pulpit, slamming his fist into the nice cherry wood top and yelling at the top of his lungs to his congregation that Christianity was being taken of life support. That’s how this book opens, with a clarion call to Christians everywhere to wake up and begin to see that we are in radical decline and will soon pass away unless something is done. The first three chapters sound like a railing against every issue that is wrong within the church. It ranges from issues like homosexuality to laziness, Barack Obama to abortion and beyond.
When we get to chapter 4 what happens is basically a synthesizing of his book Doctrine. Beyond this chapter most things seem like a cut and paste from his earlier work, though there is some original thought to be found in these latter chapters. Driscoll is clearly passionate about the gospel and that comes through in his preaching and the way he combats the false ideas of the day. I feel, however, that this book is a metaphor of the boy who cried wolf; We hear that the bad guy is coming, but we’ve been less than enamored with Driscoll for some time now and when the downfall comes I fear that we will have missed his heart for the true message of the gospel.
His writing is often hard-hitting and that sense falls equally among churched and unchurched alike. He leaves no stone unturned and fails to stand for a nominal Christianity. I believe he is unfairly criticized for his view on the Holy Spirit and the operation he performs on every believer. He is criticized in other ways which I tend to agree with, for example, his being a 4-point Calvinist, which is clearly an oxymoron. He offers a trumpet blast in this call for resurgence, but if I may be so bold, is anyone listening anymore?
A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? Mark Driscoll/Tyndale House Publishers Review Copy Courtesy of the Tyndale Blog Network