Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods


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This popular-level theology book paints a portrait of the church that is timeless in all that it believes and timely in all that it does.

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"Driscoll and Breshears have teamed up to provide a new generation of pastors and Christian leaders with a biblically sound, tartly relevant, and crisply practical guide to understanding the church. This book lives up to its subtitle, Timeless Truths and Timely Methods. The authors' wit, grit, and gravitas combine to make it an enjoyable and thought provoking must-read for twenty-first-century spiritual leadership."
Rick Booye, Senior Pastor, Trail Christian Fellowship, Eagle Point, Oregon; President, Pacific Bible College, Medford, Oregon

"Having treated us to Vintage Jesus and Death by Love, Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears team up again to provide a third installment that addresses the nature, life, and missional character of the church of Jesus Christ. Pastors, church members, and those who are just wondering about Jesus and his church will find this book to be very helpful. The expected topics-church leadership, preaching, baptism, the Lord's Supper-are covered clearly and practically. What I especially appreciate is the discussion of often overlooked topics like church unity, discipline, and love, and the attention given to new topics like multi-site campuses and the use of technology. "Timeless" and "timely" are apt descriptions of this book on the church that is must reading!"
Gregg R. Allison, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Vintage Church is a remarkable book. Mark and Gerry seek to be rigorously biblical and theologically faithful as they address the doctrine of the church. However, the real uniqueness to this book is its personal and practical insights. Remaining faithful to the gospel of Jesus, the authors help us think and see how to do church in a twenty-first-century context that presents both challenges and opportunities to the body of Christ. Timeless truths and timely methods indeed are woven together in a beautiful tapestry. This is a valuable work."
Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Gerry Breshears and Mark Driscoll combine the thinking of a theologian with the experience of an innovative church leader to bring us fresh approaches to ministry that are more relevant without being less biblical. This book is an inspiring application of what it means for the body of Christ to be 'in the world but not of it.'"
Dan Jarrell, Teaching Pastor, ChangePoint Church, Anchorage, Alaska

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433501302
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication date: 1/31/2009
  • Series: Re:Lit:Vintage Jesus Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church, a multi-site congregation based in Seattle that spans 15 locations in five states. He is the founder of Resurgence (, co-founder of the Acts 29 Network, and the author of numerous books, including Death by Love and Vintage Jesus. Pastor Mark’s sermons reach millions of listeners online, and in 2010 Preaching magazine named him one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years. Pastor Mark and his wife have five children.

Gerry Breshears (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of theology and chairman of the division of biblical and theological studies at Western Seminary. He also serves as an elder and on the preaching team at Grace Community Church in Gresham, Oregon.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Touches all the Bases

    In Jim Belcher's Deep Church, he offers a threefold classification of emergent
    pastors. There are the Relevants, the Revisionists, and the Reconstructionists.
    In the first group Belcher locates Mark Driscoll. It is probably unfair to locate
    Driscoll within any of the emergent groups. His doctrinal positions are quite
    conservative and his soteriology is quite Calvinistic. This book on ecclesiology
    bears this out quite clearly. It is not until the last two chapters that anyone would
    think that they were reading anything other than a traditional evangelical book on
    ecclesiology. It is there that Driscoll attempts to engage the culture - an effort that
    causes Belcher to class him as a "Relevant."
    What makes Driscoll controversial is his "style." He is hip and cool "in you face" in his
    pulpit rhetoric. His saucy language has been tempered in recent years because
    of the severe criticism he has received as being called "the cussing pastor."
    His now infamous series on the Song of Solomon stretches and breaks through
    the bounds of pulpit propriety. Nothing of those controversies are revealed
    in this book. As a matter of fact, I read this book looking to find faults, but
    was surprised to find it quite traditional in almost every detail!

    During the recent controversy in my circles over Driscoll's sex sermons, I thought
    about a book written 30 years ago titled, "Billy Graham: The Pastor's Dilemma."
    I wonder if Driscoll might be the dilemma facing young pastors today. Will I try
    to emulate Mark Driscoll or John Macarthur or John Piper or ...?

    I am 62 years old. I have crossed my Rubicon long ago and will find
    it pretty hard to change at this point. Seminarians and young pastors
    will be making choices as to what ministry models they will follow. They will be
    surprised if they read this book and find that Driscoll is not the radical
    they expected to encounter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2009

    Great Read.

    Informative and honest.

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