Radical Reformission

Mark Driscoll’s (of Mars Hill Church, the church that is planting our church Kaleo) book is reviewed by Challies Dot Com a popular blogger. Read the review and subsequent discussion about Radical Reformission, part 2 and part 3. It’s kind of funny to have all these strangers dissect Mark and his intentions. While I do appreciate Challies balanced approach, many of the (visitors) comments are way off. Having been at Mars Hill back when it was under 100 people where I attended for 5 years, including time in the Driscoll home, it seems people really miss the mark on his intentions. Their comments poke at the book in areas that it has zero intention to address (church discipline, etc.) Also, (reformed guys) all seem to want it to be primarily a theological treatise, which it isnt’. If an author had to unpack every single comment the minimum book size would be 2,000 pages. Ah, aren’t we all wonderful critics.

  • Steve McCoy

    August 24, 2005, 12:01 pm

    Drew, I very much agree. I think Challies, for all his efforts, is missing the heart of the book. But I’m not really surprised having read him for a while. Culture is so scary for Christians, and any real contextualization seems unbiblical to some.

  • bill streger

    August 24, 2005, 4:12 pm

    It’s been an interesting thing to watch so many people, who I’m not sure have even read the book, chime in with their opinions. Like you said, Tim does a pretty balanced job of review, but some of his readers don’t get it. I’ve commented here and there, but tend to bite my tongue. But I keep going back to read more… like driving by a car wreck. Hope things are going well for you and David over at the original Kaleo!

  • Bruce

    August 25, 2005, 12:36 am

    Where else is it more cool to be the referee than in the actual game than in Christian circles…

  • Michael

    August 25, 2005, 1:15 pm

    I have yet to meet Driscoll, though I probably will in a couple if weeks in Dallas, and I find what he is saying as thoroughly orthodox. I think a lot of those making the comments on Challies want to disagree with Driscoll because they perceive him as being “emergent.” That, of course, is an incorrect assessment of Driscoll and The Radical Reformission.

  • D. Goodmanson

    August 25, 2005, 4:35 pm

    “I probably will in a couple if weeks in Dallas”


    Cool, you’ll also meet my co-elder (David Fairchild) and Mark Moore both A29 pastors. (Bill are you going to be there too?)

    David will be assessing a29 applicants and Mark will be leading some sessions…

  • bill streger

    August 25, 2005, 8:58 pm

    I’ll be there! I’m also going to be assessing applicants. I’m really looking forward to it – it’s going to be a great bootcamp.

  • Michael

    August 26, 2005, 10:46 am

    I’ll be one of those applicants if I get the theological questionaire finished this weekend. I’m having trouble writing down my philosophy of ministry. I have never really had to and I’m kind of lost on it. Any help?

  • dan

    August 28, 2005, 7:59 pm

    Wow, those comments are suprising. I’ve seen blogs criticizing him for not being “Emergent enough.” Many think that Mars Hill is too fundamental. I personally loved being at the Reformission conference last year and although I don’t agree with everything he says, I love the balence he finds of speaking truth and relating to culture.