Mark Driscoll's Confessions

Last night I went solo camping at the dazzling Coleman lake. It was sweet. I finished Driscoll's ever-so controversial book 'Confessions of a Reformission Rev.' The book is the history of his church. The subtitle is 'Hard Lessons From An Emerging Missional Church.' People have seemed to begin slandering without reading the title of the book. The point is to show how much he messed up, and how God has built the church in spite of him. Challies reviewed it, and was blasted with 174 comments, most of which were slandering Driscoll and his ministry. If you read Challies, be sure and read Jollyblogger's take. His is the best but there is more here, here, here, and here. I agree that Driscoll pushes the envelope in many places. This book has red question marks all through it where I asked myself, 'Was that really necessary?' Usually it wasn't. He is very sarcastic, and irreverent at times, which is a problem. But I really appreciate a lot of what he is doing. I believe him when he says, 'My deepest desire is to be fruitful for Jesus' (183). For one, he is reaching people in Seattle who usually wouldn't be caught dead in church. If that was it, I rejoice. More than that though, he is reformed in his theology, expositional in his preaching, his church is led by a plurality of elders (and it takes at least a year to become an elder), they baptize believers, they are very missional, huge on church planting (see Acts 29), complimentarian, continuationists, and they have a very strict membership process. I can't argue with that. I hope he continues to write, and he mentions in the book plans on writing books on election, male headship, and church leadership. I'd buy them. Peep it:

'..emerging and missional churches see the church's primary task as sending Christians out of the church and into the culture to serve as missionaries through relationships, rather than bringing lost people into the church to be served by programming.' (26)

On Congregationalism: 'As I studied the Bible, I found more warrant for a church led by unicorns than by a majority vote.' (103)

'I wanted a church filled with missionaries, Christians who were learning how to become missionaries, and lost people. I would not accept a church filled with Christians who did not give, serve, or reach lost people, because they invariably make themselves and their selfish desires the mission of a church and kill innovation and momentum.' (112)