JRF’s #38 – Vintage Jesus by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears

November 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

Our community group read through this book together over the last few months.  I had previously read it when it was first published and had enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to reviewing it with the group.  Overall I would say the experience was good.  The simple truths about Jesus’ nature, message, work, and impact are explored and explained in blunt Driscoll style.  It was refreshing to meditate on the uniqueness and glory of the God/Man.  In addition it was thrilling to see some in the group discover different truths, perspectives and implications about Christ for the first time. I used to be one of those guys who would rush to Driscoll’s defense whenever his unorthodox methodology was under attack (which is often).  I find myself compelled to defend Driscoll less and less these days. When I read Vintage Jesus as a young youth pastor, I delighted in the funny and shocking stories Driscoll uses to illustrate his points (“the kids will think I’m cool when I use this one!”).  I won’t go into detail describing these illustrations, that would make me guilty of the same borderline filthy talk that I am accusing him of.  Suffice it to say […]

JRF’s #18 – Pastor Dad by Mark Driscoll

June 22, 2011 // 1 Comment

What does our culture need today?  Here’s one answer: “More than bigger governments, bigger schools, more free school lunches, more child therapists, more child medications, more daycares, more prisons, and more birth control, we need more godly men who raise their sons to be godly men who raise their sons to be godly men who raise their sons to be godly men (Ps. 78:5-8).” In this short little book, Mark Driscoll uses select passages mostly from the book of Proverbs to call men to pursue the noble ministry of fatherhood.   As I am days away from meeting my first child, I hungrily ate up the practical wisdom distilled here.   Driscoll helped reinforce my conviction that fatherhood is a great honor, joy, and responsibility that has ramifications that go beyond my family and into eternity. Here are a few nuggets: “Lazy fathers are disobedient to God but want to have children who are obedient to them.” “Before any father disciplines his children, he is commanded to delight in them” (re:Prov 3:11-12) “When God shares his name with us, it is a sacred matter that we must take very seriously” “Any man who allows his daughter to sin and be […]