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    Wednesday, March 11, 2009

    Vintage Church By Mark Driscoll

    I know I've been plugging a ton of books recently, but I had to write a blog on this book. I couldn't help myself.

    I've been following Mark Driscoll now for about a year. I've been reading his books, listening to his sermons and have enjoyed all of it. He can be crass, but his brain is deeply theological as well as practical. He delves into ideas and scriptures and comes out with some great stuff. This book Vintage Church is part of that great stuff.

    There are so many things I could write about, but I will do my best to be brief.

    One of my favorite chapters is Chapter 4, where he asks the question: "Why is Preaching Important?" This chapter really made me delve into scriptures and ideologies of preaching I never tapped or questioned before. It also helped me see why Preaching truly is important and helped me with my talk on Prophesy last Sunday. It made me think deeper about why preaching is important, how it originated and why we continue to do so today. I was reading this chapter whilst writing some of my ordination papers and it sparked a writing blitz inside of me that caused my Ordination papers to be that much better. God used this chapter to again confirm what I'm gifted in. At one point in the chapter Mark says something to the effect of: "I know that only the preachers are reading from this point on, because all the other people have moved on". I was like...yeah, I am a preacher and yea, this stuff is cool!

    I'm sorry, call me a geek, a Bible nerd, or what have you but this book was a PAGE turner for me. I was talking about it, teaching from it and going to the Word of God to confirm it. Mark helped bring some questions to light some Ecclesiastical thoughts that I would never have thought about. Questions like: How do we use technology in the Church? What is a multi-site Church and what is it's purpose? And a lot more that I won't mention for the sake of brevity.

    I really enjoyed this book, just like enjoyed Vintage Jesus. I don't know what it is about Driscoll, but I really resonate and connect with him as a fellow pastor. I share his passion for the Church, Jesus, the Gospel and for the Mission of the Church.

    If you want to go deep with why Church is what it is and what can we do today with the Church...this is a book to read for sure. If you don't want to know anything about the Church, don't waste your time.

    I would encourage anyone who is a Pastor, will be a Pastor or was a Pastor to read this book...it truly is a good, deep and practical book.