Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions [NOOK Book]


After 343,203 online votes on the Mars Hill Church website,
nine questions for Pastor Mark Driscoll emerged as the ones most
urgently calling for answers.

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After 343,203 online votes on the Mars Hill Church website,
nine questions for Pastor Mark Driscoll emerged as the ones most
urgently calling for answers.

Inspired by 1 Corinthians, in which Paul answers a series of
questions posed by the people in the Corinthian church, Pastor Mark
Driscoll set out to determine the most controversial questions
among visitors to the Mars Hill Church website. In the end, 893
questions were asked and 343,203 votes were cast. The top nine
questions are now each answered in a chapter of Religion

After an introductory chapter devoted to the misconception that
religion is what saves us, Driscoll tackles nine issues: birth
control, humor, predestination, grace, sexual sin, faith and works,
dating, the emerging church, and the regulative principle.

Because the purpose of this book is to address commonly asked
questions, all readers will find relevant, engaging material,
written in Driscoll's distinctively edgy, yet theologically sound

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Forget political correctness and timidity. Through this gritty, didactic countdown, author Driscoll answers sensitive questions Christians may be afraid to ask. Pastor of the Mars Hill megachurch in Seattle, Driscoll (Vintage Jesus) asked his congregation to submit their burning questions online. After they submitted and voted on 893 questions, Driscoll answers the top nine in the nine chapters of this book. From worship styles to explicit discussions of sex and birth control, the topics represent timely questions with which real people struggle. Driscoll includes quotations, stunning statistics, endnotes and footnoted verse numbers as evidence. Historical context and pop-culture references help to further clarify the more complicated explanations. When handling controversial topics, Driscoll sometimes employs a crass, mocking humor. Though this humor accomplishes its goal of being "arresting and difficult to ignore," it may alienate the very readers from other denominations, religions and sexual orientations Driscoll hopes to rebuke and reconcile. Some questions have only idealistic, black and white answers (don't have sex until you're married). In other instances, such as birth control, he presents the arguments and leaves gray areas the reader may resolve as "their conscience permits." On the whole, Driscoll is strong medicine. (June 30)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433523106
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 6/5/2009
  • Series: Re:Lit: Vintage Jesus
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,315,925
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

MARK DRISCOLL is the founding pastor of Mars
Hill Church in Seattle, one of the fastest-growing churches in
America. He leads the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and the
Resurgence Missional Theology Cooperative. He is the author and
coauthor of several books, including Crossway's Vintage
, Vintage Church, and Death by

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2009

    Religion Saves + NINE other MISCONCEPTIONS by Mark Driscoll

    Religion Saves is a must read for people that are seeking the truth on what the Scriptures say. Mark's bold writing and in-your-face issues show compassion and care to the ones that seek God's Word.

    Driscoll stresses the importance that religion does not save but only through the grace of God we can know Him. The issues that are addressed are clear and comprehensible to the average church-goers in America.

    Scripture-based is the key to the success of this book. It is not based on what man says, but what the scriptures say about it. It is crystal clear for even the non-believers and inspirational for ones that seek the truth.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    Review of Religion Saves by Mark Driscoll

    I had a feeling I would like this book as soon as I pulled it out of its padded mailing envelope. Even the book's 'retro' looking cover suggested that there would be something different about this read. I looked forward to finally reading one of the increasingly popular pastor Mark Driscoll's works.

    Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions is by no means just another summary of current hot topics the church is wrestling with. Instead, Driscoll's book thoroughly and thoughtfully tackles nine subjects that his Seattle based congregation put forth for his review. Are these the nine most important topics that Christians should be addressing today? Perhaps no, but one could argue that neither were the topics that the Apostle Paul addressed in the aptly compared First Letter to the Corinthians.

    Of these nine subjects that Driscoll surveys some will likely continue to be tossed around in theological debate long into the church's future (Predestination - Question 7, Grace - Question 6, Faith and Works - Question 4). Other chapters address how we should go about forming biblically informed convictions and putting faith into practice (Birth Control - Question 9, Sexual Sin - Question 5, Dating - Question 3). Finally, Driscoll approaches subjects particularly relevant to the challenges of doing ministry today in our postmodern culture (Humor - Question 8, The Emerging Church - Question 2, The Regulative Principle - Question 1).

    Driscoll's writing style stays extremely conversational throughout the book without sacrificing contemplative depth. Almost every page is footnoted with references to Scripture as well as other helpful works on the subject. Some readers might be a bit put off by the author's bluntness in his presentation but Driscoll needs not apologize. Matters such as these require both thoughtful reflection and heartfelt conviction for their presentation, both of which shine through from cover to cover.

    While Religion Saves might be a bit more 'theological' then other popular works readers may used to, I found this work to be very approachable for most any pew (or stackable chair) sitter in our churches today. Grab a copy at your local Christian bookstore and enjoy. I doubt you'll be disappointed.

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  • Posted July 31, 2009

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    Religion Saves and Nine Other Misconceptions-Mark Driscoll

    Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions by Mark Driscoll is not a pessimistic look at Christianity, but is instead a clarifying one that addresses questions that many modern parishes and Christians probably have. Driscoll, a Seattle minister, allowed his congregation to text message him during sermons, and he would provide answers on the spot. These texts led to the creation of a section on his website where people could ask questions and vote on the top questions to be answered. Driscoll took the top nine and preached about them in his sermons. Religion Saves is an expanded summary of the entire project, complete with Biblical references.

    The book begins with the controversial topic of birth control and applies it to Christians and the modern society. Driscoll certainly does not shy away from tackling this often sensitive subject. Also covered are sexual sin, humor, grace, dating, faith and works, predestination, the emerging church, and the regulative principle. Religion Saves is a sermon book, laden with Biblical quotes, stories, and analogies.

    Driscoll does a wonderful job of getting his point across while expressing and explaining others. There are no hellfire and brimstone rants and Driscoll does not place judgment on anyone. Religion Saves is a balanced account and personal explanations of difficult topics. For the non-religious, this book may be a bit much to get through, follow, or take anything from, yet for those who are interested in a new look at the Christian church, this book offers a fresh new perspective without being fanatical or forceful.

    Religion Saves takes real life situations and wraps age old philosophy around them. This makes the situations, stories, and issues understandable in a simple, concise, and very intimate way. Driscoll's warmth and humor enable him to set the stage for his greater message and for readers to find bits of the book to pertain to their lives and themselves.

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  • Posted July 28, 2009

    Megachurch pastor answers Christianity's hot topics

    Religion Saves by Mark Driscoll is a compilation of sermons Driscoll gave at his Mars Hill church in response to questions submitted by his congregation online. From 893 questions, he narrowed it down to the most popular and occasionally most controversial such as birth control and worship styles. I appreciated Driscoll's almost irreverent writing style that doesn't allow readers to take these issues too seriously, especially when they are the ones that divide believers. However, he doesn't dismiss these questions lightly, using just the right amount of humor without becoming flippant. During the first half of this book, I felt like I had finally found someone who was able to put into words my beliefs, and on some issues that I wasn't quite sure where to stand, Driscoll combined Scripture and reason into positions that make sense. When the American church has lost its authority in its quest to be culturally friendly, Driscoll calls them on it and doesn't pull his punches! When I reached the chapter on predestination/free will/elect, I was stopped short by Driscoll's forthright Calvinism, although he did present the Arminian side fairly. I've always considered myself an Arminian , but after reading his careful arguments, I was forced to do some research of my own, and while I can't call myself a Calvinist yet, I'm definitely on that path. I think ultimately, that's the best way to use this book. Read each chapter with an open mind, then read the Scriptures and talk to people you trust who are strong in their faith before forming an opinion. If widely read, this book could just save Christianity from itself.

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