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Driscoll’s Reformission

20 Dec

I’ve just finished reading Radical Reformission by Mark Driscoll. It’s good. In fact, it’s so good that I’ve bought myself a copy. Among other things, it addresses Churches who are plodding along comfortably as they are with few signs of biblical, effective communication of the gospel with lost souls around them; it also speaks volumes to those who dilute the gospel to make it more attractive. I can’t say I agree with everything Driscoll says, but the overall sentiment is powerful. He writes

Reformission is ultimately about being like Jesus, through his empowering grace. 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 dance as close to sinners as possible by crossing the lines that unnecessarily separate the people that God has found from those he is still seeking.

It’s all about how we engage with the lost and share Christ with them in a way that is both bibilically uncompromising and culturally accessible.

Reformission evangelism understands that the transformed lives of people in the church are both the greatest argument for, and the greatest explanation of, the gospel…

Reformission insists that evangelism is more about a lifestyle for all of God’s people… and that the gospel is made clearest by the honest words and open lives of those who have been transformed by grace.

Driscoll is big on lifestyle and culture, but won’t budge on the need to proclaim Christ as he is revealed in scripture. He often generalises and can be quite vicious in his attack on sub-standard Churches which can sometimes get in the way of an otherwise very helpful book. Also, I do wonder if sometimes his desire to be ‘in the world’ can give the appearance of losing some lifestyle distinctives, although he reminds us that we do need to understand our culture if we are to be effective at sharing the gospel in it. Taken with a pinch of salt and a careful mind, I commend this book to your reading lists. You can get a copy here.

Wayne Grudem on Offensive Language

10 Sep

“Using the words commonly thought to be offensive in the culture seems to me to be sort of the verbal equivalent of not wearing deodorant and having body odor, or of going around with spilled food on our shirts all the time. Someone might argue that not wearing deodorant or wearing dirty clothes are not morally wrong things in themselves, but my response is that they do give needless offense and cause others to think of us as somewhat impure or unclean. So, I think, does using words commonly thought to be “obscene” or “offensive” or “vulgar” in the culture generally. Plus it encourages others to act in the same way. So in that way it brings reproach on the church and the gospel.”
from desiringGod.org