We were given a copy of Mark Driscoll’s book, The Radical Reformission at the Acts 29 Boot Camp. I read it on the plane on the way home. Driscoll can usually rile people up with some strong statements, but he has some good things to say. If nothing else, it is worth reading the chapter called “The Sin of Light Beer.” Here are a few things I thought of some further thought:
Pg 39 – One of the underlying keys to reformission is knowing that neither the freedom of Christ nor our freedom in Christ is intended to permit us to dance as close to sin as possible without crossing the line. But both are intended to permit us to dance as close to sinners as possible by crossing the lines that unnecessarily separate the people God has found from those he is still seeking.
Pg 69 – At some point, God may grant saving faith to their lost friends and enable them to pass from death to life, but their salvation is ultimately between them and God, as he alone gives salvation. The precise moment of their conversion is known by God, but it is often unknown to them, because authentic conversion is commonly experienced more as a process than as a single moment. Ultimately, what matters most is not when they meet Jesus, but that at some point they begin loving him with new hearts and will continue to do so forever.
Pg 78 – How sick are we when the most popular books among American Christians are about how to get blessed by praying a small section of Old Testament Scripture like a pagan mantra, and about the Rapture, as if the goal of the Christian life were to get more junk and leave this trailer park of a planet before God’s tornado touches down on all the sinners? Only through repentant eyes will we see that God has a plan, by the power of the gospel of grace, to build a community of transformed people.
Pg 152 – Reformation is not about abstention; it is about redemption. We must throw ourselves into the culture so that all that God made good is taken back and used in a way that glorifies him. Our goal is not to avoid drinking, singing, working, playing, eating, love-making, and the like. Instead, our goal must be to redeem those things through the power of the gospel so that they are used rightly according to Scripture, bringing God glory and his people a satisfied joy.