Driscoll's New Book

Mark Driscoll is a charismatic leader in the Emerging Church movement. I have found him to be very helpful in his desire to reach his culture with the Gospel. One thing must be clear…Driscoll is part of the Emerging Movement, not the Emergent Movement (of which McLaren and Jones are a part). Steve McCoy has written a book review that whets the appetite to read Driscoll’s latest book, Confessions of a Reformission Rev: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church.

I will be buying this one and reading it when it comes out May 1. Here are some excerpts that were provoking in McCoy’s review:

This has been one of the most important books on church and ministry I have read, and I think will hold a unique place among books about ministry.  My advice?  Get this book.  Read it.  Reread it.  Give it away.   It’s most helpful for pastors and planters since it deals a lot with dealing with preaching, logistics, pastor’s family issues, church growth, etc.  But I highly recommended for all church leaders and thoughtful Christians…Conservative evangelicals need to learn from Driscoll’s willingness to identify with the “emerging” church while distancing himself from movements within it that he finds problematic (at the least).  By considering himself an insider, he has influence that many evangelicals who only scold the ECM will never have. 

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  1. So, what’s the difference between Emerging and Emergent? And is Emerging Missional also something different? I’m guessing Sojourn is probably an Emerging church.

    Does an Emerging church every become fully emerged? Is there also a Confessional Emerging church? (as in Confessional Lutherans) Do the Marines have a Submerging Church? :)

  2. I am not sure what the fine distinctives are between Emergent and Emerging. I will generally say this – and am open to correction: the Emergent is much more radical in its theology. It follows men like Stanley Grenz, who was strongly influenced by the Neo-Orthodox, Karl Barth. While both seek to reach the post-modern culture, the Emergent want to bring in post-modern philosophy.

    Emerging is more broad in that it seeks to reach the culture through post-mmodern garb, but it doesn’t sacrifice propositional truth for the sake of narrative.

    Like I said, this is a very basic attempt at the differences. You can see the difference between Mars Hill Church in Seattle (listen to Driscoll’s preaching) and Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis (Doug Paggitt’s speaking in the round). If you type in Paggitt in the search line you will find a book that he wrote. I have spoken with a few people, and for not having read it myself, they told me that he sets up a lot of straw men arguments. I want to read it. One of the best churches I have seen reaching the culture without sacrificing theology is Mars Hill Church in Seattle and Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City (Tim Keller is the pastor there).

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