In preparation for the upcoming Convergent Conference at SEBTS, and in respect of a dear member of my church, I decided it was time to read “the RADICAL reformission: reaching out without selling out.”
Check it out at Zondervan.com
So before we discuss the very interesting, challenging, and slightly controversial book, let’s look at the man behind the curtain, Mark Driscoll.
Mark Driscoll, as his blog states, “is the founder of Mars Hill Church (1996), the Paradox Theater, the Acts 29 Network, and the Resurgence Missional Theology Cooperative. Most enjoyably, Mark is the father of three sons and two daughters.” After reading his book, it is evident that his children are important to him, and that the process of conceiving children is as well–for very important theological reasons. We can talk about that later.
His influence is expanding through his local church and through the Acts 29 Church Planting Network. You can get information about both here. He is the unofficial spokesman for the conservative (I wonder if he would like me saying this) end of the emerging church spectrum. I label him conservative because he is unapologetically evangelical. He may be called liberal because of his seeming looseness in regards to debatable issues, but he is for Truth. Notice the capital “T”. He is also for the gospel, and he teaches that the gospel ought to mean something in your life. This wholistic view of life fits well with me–it certainly is “A Mission-Driven Life.”
Mark is also a powerful preacher who speaks very well. He is a word-smith, as you will agree from reading his work. He preached one of my favorite sermons on the crucifixion. I can’t link to it, since I have it on CD, but I’m sure with some creative searching, you will find it.
Yet he is also unconventional. He is not trying to be a rebel, but trying to appeal to the lost masses around him. I think if you listen closely to what he has to say, you will not be dissappointed.