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It's tempting to believe that the Christian faith is alive and well in our country today Our politicians talk about God Our mega churches are filled Christian schools dot our landscape Brace yourself It's an illusion Believe it or not only 8 percent of Americans profess and practice true evangelical Christian faith There are left handed people than evangelical Christians in AmericaIn this book. Mark Driscoll A Call to Resurgence Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future Carol Stream IL Tyndale House Publishers Inc 2013 Hardback KindleI do not often read Mark Driscoll I am neither a Calvinist nor a complementarian as he is and I don t appreciate his occasionally bombastic statements But when a copy of his new book showed up in my mail box I decided to give it a read A Call to Resurgence is a heartfelt plea to America s warring evangelical tribes to stop fighting about issues on which they disagree and to start uniting around issues on which they agree Or rather he encourages them to stop letting secondary doctrinal disputes get in the way of their primary evangelical mission Those secondary doctrinal disputes include the debates between Calvinists and Arminians between complementarians and evangelicals between continuationists and cessationists and between what he calls missional and fundamental which is largely a debate about missiological strategyThe reason for this heartfelt plea is twofold First one can be an evangelical Christian and belong to a mix and match of theological tribes Driscoll describes himself as Calvinist complementarian continuationist and missional Second North American culture is changing rapidly and evangelical tribes need to stick together both for survival and for mission A Call to Resurgence is a good book though not a great one I admire Driscoll as a church planter who has sown the seeds of the gospel in the very hard spiritual ground of Seattle Washington Though I am an Arminian egalitarian Pentecostal personally I recognize Driscoll as a fellow evangelical and colaborer in the gospel I found his social analysis and historical understanding to be a bit thin But and this is important his heart is in the right place Evangelical Christians of various stripes shouldn t necessarily dispense with their doctrinal distinctives but they strive for unity emphasizing their agreements which are central over their disagreements which are peripheralIn the Great Awakening John and Charles Wesley worked with George Whitefield in planting and watering the seeds of the gospel and God made those seeds grow As I read it A Call to Resurgence is a plea for similar cooperation today How can we who disagree with Driscoll not agree with his reuest and this despite our disagreementsPS If you found this review helpful please vote Yes on my com review page

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A Call to Resurgence

Xclusively into insular tribes lobbing e bombs at each other in cyberspaceMark's book is a clarion call for Christians It's time to get to work We can only do this if we unite around Jesus and the essentials found in his Word while at the same time appreciating the distinctives within each Christian tribe Mark shows us how to do just that This isn't the time to wait or debate Join the resurgen. This review by Dr Nicholson has been provided courtesy of Desert Bible Institute wwwdesertbibleinstitutecomAfter listening to Mark Driscoll s newest book A Call to Resurgence I feel like I just went through a week of seminaron fast forwarduphill I would gladly tell you what Driscoll talks about if only I could figure out what he left out A Call to Resurgence is a fast paced insightful straight forward work that doesn t bother to pull any punches In his introduction Driscoll sums this up by saying that there are two primary groups that will listen to his book those who agree with him on some level and those who are looking to cast stones Being a good considerate Christian he has piled up said stones for the second group s convenienceDriscoll presents his well researched well thought out points in his patent off the cuff sarcastic style This will likely leave the listeners thinking laughing or grinding their teeth all depending on how close they are to Drisoll s position on a myriad of biblical doctrinal and missional topics Regardless of what side of each of these issues you fall on the arguments presented are not easily waved away Driscoll sets up solid arguments with far reaching real life examples coupled with scholarly proof Feel free to dislike what he has to say however if listeners can set aside their pre conceived notions and biases for a few hours they will find that Driscoll makes some very valid if somewhat disturbing observations about both the church and the direction of Christianity todayOne of the areas that Driscoll addresses that was particularly beneficial was the idea of tribes He talks about what we believe and why we believe it I have always found myself shying away from classification since I felt it might limit me or stymie my spiritual growth in some way After listening to what Driscoll shared though I realized that we need to know what we re not to know what we are Additionally it is difficult if not impossible to explain what you believe unless you know what beliefs are out there It s a little like explaining to someone who has been blind since birth what the color blue is With no basis of comparison explanation is largely an exercise in futilityA secondary area that I found engaging was the author s detailed analysis of various doctrines and how they are viewed by the various tribes of the Christian faith I have to admit that I was so impressed with this section that I went out and purchased a hardcover of his book Doctrine What Christians Should Believe I did this primarily because I wanted to hear even information it greater detail I have to admit that I also did this to slow him down In listening to this section it felt like the theological euivalent of putting instant milk into condensed soup and warming it up in a microwave If had gone through in any uickly his flux capacitor would have engaged and he would have gone back in time I m not sure if this is a criticism or my awe at the fact that he could cram that much information into so little space so uickly Airline passengers around the world grow green with envy at his professional alacrity as well speak If only they could do physically what he does verbally they could pack all the inventory of their local super Wal Mart into a carry on bagA final area that was not only useful but highly scholarly was Driscoll s fairly lengthy appendix on church history I found it useful and enlightening to uickly trace where many of the roots of ideas and values in many American tribes came from It made me wonder in fact if they even know As a pastor of an independent non denominational church I find myself working in the midst of churches ranging from charismatics to fundamentalists It was useful to see how coming out of the same place historically speaking these churched ended up where they are It was enlightening to see the predominate points that we all agree as well as the secondary points that we differ on Not only was this engaging from an academic sense but also it gave me some tools for crossing the imagined boundaries that exist between brothers and sisters within the faith communityMike Chamberlain did a great job of narrating this book He had a great sense of pacing tone and timing At one point I actually stopped the recording to check that it wasn t the author doing the narrating always a good sign I look forward to hearing voice work done by Chamberlain The Christian community needs understandable talented speakers to help share God s WordDr Nicholson reviews academic Christian living and fiction books for a variety of publishers in an array of formats He is never paid for any of his reviews He writes these strictly as a courtesy to his students at Desert bible Institute and for any other readers that might find his insights valuable For reviews or information visit Dr Nicholson s blog at drtnicholsonwordpresscomA copy of the book was generously offered to Dr Nicholson by christianaudiocom in exchange for this unbiased review

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Mark Driscoll delivers a wake up call for every believer We are living in a post Christian culture a culture fundamentally at odds with faith in Jesus This is good and bad news The good news is that God is still working redeeming people from this spiritual wasteland and inspiring a resurgence of faithful believers The bad news is that many believers just don't get it They continue to gather e. Don t give up don t ever give up Driscoll doesn t use those exact words in this book it is actually a uote from Jim Valvano s famous cancer speech but I think it sums up well the message that Driscoll wants to convey to true born again believers everywhere This book is a resounding call for Christians to experience Resurgence and not to Retreat in the face of ever growing animosity towards true ChristianityThe world loves to blend together Christendom and Christianity However what the Bible determines is true Spirit wrought Christianity and what the world classifies as Christendom are two totally different things Too often those terms get blended together by ill informed media members or church members but they in fact have radically different meanings Like Driscoll says Christendom bears the fingerprints of our faith but it is not true Christianity So what separates true Christianity from Christendom According to Driscoll the following characteristics are what identify true evangelical Christianity 1 Bible The Bible is God s true Word 2 Cross Jesus died on the cross for our sins 3 Conversion Individuals need to be personally converted 4 Activism Belief in the gospel needs to be expressed in effort If that is what truly defines Christianity then the next logical uestion which Driscoll asks of himself and the reader is Based on these criteria what percentage of Americans could be classified as evangelical Christian Shockingly to most people that is the answer is in single digits around 8% to be exact Driscoll goes on to say Common statistics estimate that evangelicals represent anywhere between 40 to 70 percent of the country s total population or approximately 130 million people However extensive research cited by John Dickerson in his book The Great Evangelical Recession indicates that the actual range is between 7 and 89 percent somewhere between 22 and 28 million people Moreover all studies indicate that younger people are less likely to be evangelical According to a 2012 Gallup poll about 64 percent of the US population ages eighteen to twenty nine identify themselves as lesbian gay bisexual or transgendered which means in all likelihood there are as many young people with alternative sexual lifestyles as there are active young evangelicals in the United States That may not have an affect on you but it sure sobered me up I knew that there was a radical difference in what the media was presenting as Christendom and what the Bible defined as true evangelical Christianity but I honestly did not expect that stat about there being almost as many alternate lifestyle young people as there are active young evangelicals As one of the leaders of the College Ministry at my church that was truly an astounding statistic and one that will send me to my knees in prayer for days to comeThe fact that society has progressed or regressed depending on how you look at should not send evangelical Christians into a state of depression In fact like Driscoll says it should do the exact opposite Instead of contending with a bunch of people who think their Christian morals make them true evangelicals we are now dealing with people who no longer have any reason to keep up the moral charade and present themselves as Christians Therefore discerning the wheat from the chaff is a much easier job in the current culture than it was 60 70 years ago Also because of the cultures fascination with the supernatural see Harry Potter and Twilight it makes them much open to the supernatural and less close minded to a God that works both in powerful and mysterious ways Knowing all of this we should be seeking opportunities to build relationships with people around us by being intentionally missional Our call is to go and serve and be light and salt to the earth and that is what Driscoll exhorts each of us to do in this book The world is filled with too many consumer driven Christians who spend the a great deal of their time trying to see what they can get from God their local church and other Christians and neglecting the call to go out and make disciples of the nations There is so much that I what to say about consumer driven Christians who treat the church and Christianity like it is Six Flags over Jesus but I think I will let this uote from Driscoll do the talking for me as it sums up perfectly how I feelI don t care if you buy a truck or play some video games or rock out on your guitar But the problem is when those are prevalent predominant and preeminent in your life Some of you would argue and say It s not a sin No but sometimes it s just dumb You got fired because you fell asleep at work after staying up too late to get to the next level of some online game and become a guild leader That s dumb You work one part time job so you can play guitar or Frisbee golf That s dumb You spend all your money on a new car or truck or toys or gear or clothes or gambling or fantasy football Dumb Some of you say Well it s not a sin Neither is eating your cereal box instead of the cereal It s just dumb There are a lot of things that Christian guys do that aren t evil they re just dumb and childish There s nothing wrong with being a boy if you are a boy There is a big problem if you are a boy with a beard and a condoRise up evangelical men and women and fight the good fight Love people for Jesus Serve people in the name of Jesus uit playing games grow up and win the world for ChristAs it pertains to Driscoll and his writings you either love him or hate him He is very forward sometimes too forward with what he is thinking and how he presents it to his readerslisteners but as someone who is a Type A personality myself I really love that about Driscoll If you have ever read anything else by him or heard any of his sermons then nothing in this book will upset you or cause you to ask yourself did he just say that However if you are not familiar with Driscoll and Mars Hill Church then be warned that Driscoll is an in your face kind of writerspeaker but that should not detract from his message at all The truths Driscoll presents in this book about the difference between true evangelical Christianity and what the world classifies as Christendom are a much needed wake up call and one I hope lights a fire in all evangelicals everywhere to be much for Jesus because He gave up everything for usTitle A Call to Resurgence Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a FutureAuthor Mark DriscollPublisher Tyndal House Publishers 2013Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale House Publishers book review bloggers program on NetGalley I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising


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     Mark Driscoll A Call to Resurgence Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? Carol Stream IL Tyndale House Publishers Inc 2013 Hardback KindleI do not often read Mark Driscoll I am neither a Calvinist nor a complementarian as he is; and I don’t appreciate his occasionally bombastic statements But when a copy of his new book showed up in my mail box I decided to give it a read A Call to Resurgence is a heartfelt plea to America’s w

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    It's Driscoll so you are going to get raw truth Sometimes it burns sometimes it feels good and sometimes pisses you off I personally would rather be told about what is going on and what we face in this day in age Driscoll starts wi

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    A Call to Resurgence is a clarion call for Christians to rise out of the ashes of Christendom 8 and the Moral Majority and return to a spoken gospel focusing on Jesus Christ’s finished work 24 and work towards unity with different

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    In an age where it seems at every turn our once Christian oriented society is rejected God at seemingly all levels of socie

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    Don't give up don't ever give up Driscoll doesn't use those exact words in this book it is actually a uote from Jim Valvano's famous cancer speech but I think it sums up well the message that Driscoll wants to convey to true born again believers everywhere This book is a resounding call for Christians to experience Resurgence and not to Retreat in the face of ever growing animosity towards true ChristianityThe

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    Great book on the current affairs of the church and how to reason with it Mark deals with multiple different denominations and what separates them theologically and how we as the whole body of Christ can work together towards God’s mission I definitely recommend to Christians who grew up in the church like myself and ne

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    This review by Dr Nicholson has been provided courtesy of Desert Bible Institute wwwdesertbibleinstitutecomAfter listening to Mark Driscoll’s newest book A Call to Resurgence I feel like I just went through a week of sem

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    This is a great book and I highly recommend it

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    This book is a powerful wakeup call for the church and for Christianity

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    Great books are written and only few people take the time to read it Not only read it but critically think about it and review it Some read the book and immediately put pen to paper and start casting a review either positive or negative others read the book put it down think about it read sections over and really dive into the mindset of the author and finally write a reviewIt has been over a week and a half since I f