This popular-level theology book introduces the person and
work of Christ to those who are seeking answers to some of their
most basic-and pivotal-questions.
Some two thousand years after he walked the earth, Jesus Christ
is still a hot topic. And for all the ridiculous, twisted, Da
Vinci Code-esque conspiracy theories and lies about Jesus that
have permeated popular culture and even the academy over the years,
the truth about his character, nature, and work has not changed. So
what exactly is the truth about Jesus Christ?
That's the question the authors of Vintage Jesus seek
to answer by breaking it down into a number of sub-questions about
Jesus, including Is Jesus the only God? Why did Jesus come to
earth? Did Jesus rise from death? Why should we worship Jesus?
and others. Nonbelievers and new Christians looking to sit down and
delve into the topic of Jesus, asking the toughest, most
confounding questions they can think of, will find solid, biblical
answers presented in a relevant, accessible way.
About the Author
MARK DRISCOLL is the founding pastor of Mars
Hill Church in Seattle, one of the fastest-growing churches in
America. He is president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and
the Resurgence Missional Theology Cooperative.
GERRY BRESHEARS is professor of theology and
chairman, Division of Biblical and Theological Studies, at Western
Seminary. Dr. Breshears has taught at numerous Bible colleges and
seminaries around the world and is a frequent guest on various
radio and TV programs.
Table of ContentsPreface 9
Is Jesus the Only God? 11
How Human Was Jesus? 31
How Did People Know Jesus Was Coming? 55
Why Did Jesus Come to Earth? 73
Why Did Jesus' Mom Need to Be a Virgin? 89
What Did Jesus Accomplish on the Cross? 107
Did Jesus Rise from Death? 127
Where Is Jesus Today? 147
Why Should We Worship Jesus? 163
What Makes Jesus Superior to Other Saviors? 181
What Difference Has Jesus Made in History? 199
What Will Jesus Do upon His Return? 215
Subject Index 248
Scripture Index 250
What People are Saying About This
"In a society where the Nicene Creed doesn’t hold as much water as a tall Americano, Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears take an unabashed stance on biblical theology that comes as a refreshing yet timeless hyssop in response to a Christian sociological breakdown of truth."
Brandon Ebel, President, Tooth & Nail Records
"Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears combine profound understanding of modern culture with weighty Christian doctrine that is faithful to the Bible. It’s written in such an interesting style that it’s hard to put down. I strongly recommend it!"
Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Bible and Theology, Phoenix Seminary, Phoenix, Arizona
"A great book about Jesus--yesterday, today, and forever relevant. The answers provided are right on and meaningful to everyone."
Allen R. Weiss, President, Worldwide Operations, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
"This book reveals Mark Driscoll as a highly powerful, colorful, down-to-earth catechist, targeting teens and twenty-somethings with the old, old story told in modern street-cred style. And Professor Breshears ballasts a sometimes lurid but consistently vivid presentation of basic truth about the Lord Jesus Christ."
J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College
"Wow! This is a powerful book. It’s edgy and, frankly, it made me uncomfortable at certain points--but for the right reasons. We need light, not polish, over the story of Jesus, and that’s exactly what this well-written and provocative work provides. It may make you squirm, but the strong biblical orientation and the crisp historic perspectives give you a context for that squirming!"
Dan Wolgemuth, President, Youth for Christ/USA, Inc.
"This book presents an honest view of Jesus without giving in to the pressure to soften him up. I had to grapple with the real vintage Jesus. This is a Savior worth fighting for."
Matt Lindland, 2000 Olympic silver medalist in wrestling; top-ranked middleweight mixed martial arts fighter
"This new book by Driscoll, one of the most promising young pastors I’ve met, and his theological partner Gerry Breshears, tells the old, old story in a contemporary, exciting, in-your-face manner. Though written to appeal to today’s younger seekers, nothing of classic Christian theology is omitted. Those of my generation may bridle at some aspects of the book--but it’s good if we do. This book is just what’s needed for us to understand how to reach the postmoderns and a great tool to help all of us connect with young seekers. This is both bold and uncompromising. I can highly recommend it."
Chuck Colson, Founder, Prison Fellowship
"If you think that you already know Jesus, think again. This book will open the eyes of many who have yet to see the radical nature of Jesus’ life and teaching. For the spread of the gospel and the advancement of the kingdom, I can only hope many will read this book and embrace Jesus as the true Lord, God, Savior, and King that he is."
Bruce A. Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This edgy, but orthodox book presents traditional, historical Christology in today's vernacular. Driscoll hits home runs in every chapter as he discusses the divinity, humanity, virgin birth, substitutionary atonement, resurrection, and second coming of Christ (and more). But he hits a few foul balls along the way too - not theologically, but in tasteful use of language and humor. That's my only hesitation with the book. If you can handle Driscoll's sarcasm and forgive some irreverent humor, this is a great book for learning about Jesus.
Man. it is really hard to separate Driscoll the preacher from Driscoll the author. I personally don't condemn him for what he has said in the past, but he can't blame anyone else for those things being constantly being brought back up.
Mark Driscoll¿s engaging Vintage Jesus: Timeless Answers to Timely Questions is a bold answer for those who believe the Church should remain culturally relevant as it proclaims Truth. Driscoll and his co-author Dr. Gerry Breshears tackle many of today¿s common questions with intelligent answers through the Bible, historical evidence, and logical reasoning. Their work addresses issues such as ¿What Makes Jesus Superior to Other Saviors?¿ and ¿Why Did Jesus¿ Mom Need to Be a Virgin?¿ through a witty and pertinent series of arguments. While Driscoll shows his twenty-something street savvy through his edgy analogies, he demonstrates his commitment to Truth with over 350 Scripture references. He also collaborated with his Bible professor, Dr. Breshears, who ¿shaped and formed¿ many of the book¿s concepts. As I delved further into this book I realized that Driscoll¿s apparent brashness is instead a boldness that comes from an intimate friendship with Jesus and an insatiable appetite for Truth. He passionately believes in and uncompromisingly defends Biblical doctrines.While I couldn¿t find any glaring deficiencies in his theology, I was forced to explore my own beliefs on a number of issues. For example, I found that his chapter ¿How Human Was Jesus?¿ raised lots of questions regarding Jesus¿ perfection. Specifically, Breshears says of Hebrews 2:10 ¿¿it¿s shocking to find that Jesus had to become perfect!¿ This entire section left me feeling more muddled and confused about Jesus¿ humanity, though the search for Truth is often an author¿s best goal.One of the book¿s delightful surprises was the explanation of Jesus as The Priest, Jesus as The Prophet, and Jesus as King found in ¿Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?¿ The beautiful and poetic description of Jesus¿ ¿humble priestly service¿ gave me a fresh look at our Lord¿s compassion and mercy through His role as our mediator and priest. As I read through the chapter on this ¿tri-perspective¿, I cried tears of gratitude for all the Jesus accomplished when He came to Earth. And I was imminently grateful for Driscoll¿s Catholic childhood, for it lent credibility and warmth to his treatment of Jesus as our Priest.This book belongs on the book shelf of any believer who wants culturally relevant and Scripturally sound answers to those tricky questions. Driscoll skillfully uses quotes from Marilyn Manson, Billy Graham, Larry King, C.S. Lewis, and H.G. Wells to entertain his readers while slowly and methodically revealing Truth.
Read first 25 pages so far, but definitely good stuff...
I am so blessed to be the first at a Barnes & Noble e- commerce site to write how awesome and relevant to today's culture this book is. Please, please read this book. Adult youth pastors should read this book. 'Hilarious!' is just a few of the expressions that this book exudes as well. Mark Driscoll is funny, it encourages to understand the heart of God and renews the mind in a detraining culture. This books truly helps the Church in America to wake up and see Jesus Christ for who He really is and what He did for a broken and depraved nation. May God continue to bless the Ministry in which God has called these two ministers for.