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Not every story will apply directly to every reader, but you will undoubtedly find something to glean from each one, and I'm cer This is an excellent book. One of the strengths of this book is how it is structured. Each chapter starts with a short description of a different person that gives pertinent information to the reader about that person's background and situation. That is followed by a lengthy letter from Driscoll as pastor to the person. Each chapter concludes with a question and answer section in which Driscoll's co-author Gary Breshears directly answers some of the tough questions that may have arisen during Driscoll's letter.
The meat of each chapter is Driscoll's letter, where he addresses things directly in the person's life—whether good, bad, ugly, heartbreaking, sad, difficult etc. Driscoll hits everything dead on and definitely doesn't skirt any issues— especially the tough issues. Here's a non-exhaustive list of some of the issues dealt with in this book: The power that lies in each letter is the way in which Driscoll applies the incredible work of Christ on the Cross to every one of the issues dealt with, and demonstrates clearly how Christ's sacrifice specifically covers each one.
This is an intensely practical application of Christ's redemptive work for modern people in modern situations like nothing I've read before. If you think Christianity doesn't apply in today's world, read this book. The introduction to this book is a 14 page graphic and academic explanation of Christ's work on the cross Titled We Killed God that absolutely blew me away.
I'm glad Driscoll started there, because it is that unbelievable atoning work that is the common thread woven through the rest of the incredibly diverse stories found in this book. Lastly, one could argue that despite the tremendous variance between the letters' recipients stories, this book becomes repetitive at times.
This is probably a true assessment, but I feel this is actually the strength of this book, and that it was absolutely necessary, given the book's format, for these reasons: They do not inform one another or build on concepts already presented earlier. They could be read separately or in any order and still be complete. Therefore the gospel is presented in every single letter. I'd also note that reading about the amazing salvation story should never grow tiresome.
It is the crux of our Christian faith and the single greatest event in the history of the world. Examining the different facets of Christ's atoning work again and again served to strengthen my faith and encourage my personal boldness in sharing the Gospel. There's nothing worse than an amazing graphic layout to arouse one's expectation only to be followed by the let down of bad content and loose theology re: Nov 01, Ryan Hawkins rated it it was amazing Shelves: For what it is, I really enjoyed it.
Although many might argue that Driscoll has recently fallen to a bad place, this book here is irrelevant to that subject because in it he undoubtedly provides great responses to these difficult pastoral situations. They were very intriguing to read. But most importantly, I gained more of a love for the cross of Christ more because of reading it. It was unique because it wasn't just theology, but theology literally put into practice in people's lives.
Very hel For what it is, I really enjoyed it. I wish more books like this were written. Mar 18, Lauren rated it really liked it. This book was really good. The stories were downright heart breaking. The authors did an amazing job with addressing the people as well as answering questions. Their are many points in this book I will be returning to. Apr 11, Graham Heslop rated it really liked it.
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Theologically rich pastoral application of the work of Christ. Driscoll is refreshingly candid about sin and clear on Scripture. He also demonstrates righteous anger and pleads like a prophet for repentance. Read it and give it away. Jul 28, Philip Brown rated it really liked it. Didn't care much for his comments on the extent of the atonement, but still very good. Aug 08, Tyler rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have not read all of Mark Driscoll's writings, but this is the best books of his I have read yet one of the best books of any author at that!
In a style untypical of Driscoll's other writings, this book is a collection of 12 letters that he personally wrote to 12 individuals he has pastored; each covering a different aspect of how the Crucifixion of Jesus on the cross adequately satisfies the struggles each individual is dealing with. The topics covered include: Jesus as Christus Victor, re I have not read all of Mark Driscoll's writings, but this is the best books of his I have read yet one of the best books of any author at that!
Jesus as Christus Victor, redemption, justification, propitiation, gift righteousness, Jesus as the New Covenant Sacrifice, expiation, atonement, ransom, Jesus as Christus Exemplar, reconciliation and revelation i. Jesus is the revelation of God the Father, not the book of revelation in the Bible. The book is theologically packed. However, reading each topic through the lens of a personal experience in letter format make this book engaging and insightful.
Therefore, I think this book is helpful for a wide range of understanding and experience individuals have with the Cross of Jesus. From the non-Christian who's seeking answers to the pastor seeking to love and shepherd his flock well. After each chapter, there are a list of common questions and answers Breshears writes these on each topic presented.
These are explained well, benefiting those who are using them to obtain answers as well as those who want insight into how to explain the answers to others. Additionally, there is an Introduction chapter that beautifully covers the history of crucifixion and the substitutionary death of Jesus on the cross.
This history helped me understand more clearly the lengths Jesus went to pay for my sin, as we live in a culture without the brutality of crucifixion. Concerning the chapter on atonement, Driscoll presents his view of "unlimited limited atonement. For more information on the atoning work of Jesus' death, I would recommend Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology, chapter One last thing from a book nerd I would recommend getting the hardcover copy. You'll likely want to reread the book or use if for reference and this will help it be more durable. It also has one of the coolest book covers I've ever seen and that, to me, makes it worth paying a little more to get the hardcover.
Jan 24, James E. Robinson, III rated it it was amazing. This is a powerful book. Mark Driscoll , pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, has compiled a collection of letters to folks he has met through his ministry. Each letter follows a similar format too: In traditional Pastor Mark fashion, he doesn't mince words. He is both, caring and loving, while being brutally honest.
Many folks tend to focus on specific parts of the Bible in their teachings and readings about Jesus. This book may shock some as it covers the many areas that Jesus life, death and resurrection that impact each of us. Which one doesn't fit? My Daddy Is a Pastor was written to his 4 year old son, Gideon. The topic, as you can see, unlimited limited atonement. Being sure to cover Wesleyanism, Armeninism and 5 point Calvinism, i'm sure his son will do well in his theology class, after he finishes watching Barney. We'll call this chapter a flyer, though the letter conclusion is spot on: If you are not a Christian, consider reading this book to get a real insight into what Christians believe and why.
If you are a Christian, this should be required reading. Apr 10, Adam rated it liked it. This is a hard book to rate.dvd36.nawapolnawapol.com/8-zithromax-antibiotic-geschaeft.php
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I appreciated all the intricacies that the book dives into about the cross. The Bible says that there is nothing on Earth more glorifying to God than the cross so studying it to more fully appreciate it is definitely worth the deeper dive. I took a lot away from it in that respect. That being said the book for long stretches was hard to read.
It was extremely repetitive in points and verses to support the points. With the thrust of each letter boiling down to the exa This is a hard book to rate. With the thrust of each letter boiling down to the exact same thing, 12 chapters seemed unnecessary when the point could have been driven home in chapters. The other thing that was hard was that I couldn't really relate to the sin issues used. He obviously has a preoccupation with sexual sin, perhaps subconsciously he believes it to be on a different plane than other sins, because every chapter brought up the person's sexual history, even when it wasn't particularly relevant.
He also defined all people's sins through the men in their lives, including a girl's dad for not keeping tabs on her at all times as a teenager, you know, cause that isn't a joint responsibility of parents.
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Nearly all of the chapters were addressing such extreme cases instead of perhaps sins that hit a wider audience pride, shame, lies, apathy, etc. That combined with repitition in the remaining pages of each chapter and you can see why this isn't much of a page turner. Lastly, my other gripe is that when addressing these issues that leave giant scars in people's lives, he just plows right through any sensitivity or trying to meet them on a personal level.
The book just kept making me think over and over about how ill equipped most pastors are for counseling people as fellow human beings as opposed to the silent masses who don't respond during the course of a weekly sermon. Mar 22, Jason Custer rated it really liked it. The basic idea of this book intrigued me so much that I bought it while browsing in my seminary library. Basically, what Driscoll does is write letters to people he has met with in his church and address their different issues by expounding on different aspects of Christ's atonement.
So in essence he is using the cross as a means of counseling and applying Christ to different problems that come up in everyday affairs within the church body. For example, he talks about how Christ is the propitiati The basic idea of this book intrigued me so much that I bought it while browsing in my seminary library.
For example, he talks about how Christ is the propitiation for someone whose dad used to beat him. In other words, because Christ took the wrath of God on our behalf, we are able to get rid of our wrath towards those who have sinned against us. Or for someone who is demonically oppressed, Driscoll holds forth the concept that Jesus is the Christus Victor and has conquered all evil forces in the cross. He does this same thing with a dozen or so different people who are wrestling with different issues.
I'm not sure I fully agree with everything that Driscoll says or even his typically overbearing tone in the letters , but the method of dealing with issues in the body by pointing to Christ seems very biblical to me. It was very helpful to see someone applying biblical theology to what people wrestle with from day to day, and to see how Christ's death, burial, and resurrection can be practically applied to all sorts of things.
In that light, I do very much appreciate the Christocentric teaching in this book and the constant reminder to always be pointing people back to Christ for everything. If nothing else, I wish more pastors would read this book and take seriously Driscoll's method of applying Christ to people's issues even if they may disagree with some of his theology or things he says in this book.
I think the book would be very helpful for those who are not pastors as well - but it is especially important for pastors.
Jul 23, Kurt rated it it was amazing. Mark Driscoll has a heart! With feelings and everything! For a few years now, I have been a fan of Mark Driscoll's theology and his ability to communicate. Driscoll is someone who takes the Bible very seriously and has a great respect for God, and he speaks hard truths on a consistent basis, so I am regularly challenged when I listen to his podcasts or read his books. Unfortunately, he has an abrasive and condescending style, and it's hard to hear his heart underneath the growly demands for men Mark Driscoll has a heart!
Unfortunately, he has an abrasive and condescending style, and it's hard to hear his heart underneath the growly demands for men to step up and be Driscoll-style men. This book, though, is a chance for him to really express his pastoral side, as he examines a variety of characteristics of Jesus' death and resurrection, in the context of offering counsel to struggling people in his life.
The book really puts a practical and human face on what could easily be academic theological questions - who would care about the doctrine of Christus Victor? Someone who feels helpless in the grip of demonic forces. Who would care about the doctrine of propitiation? Someone who feels guilty about feeling righteous anger toward sin. This book is a nearly flawless triumph, allowing Driscoll to carefully explain theological concepts in a way that makes them compassionate and relevant.
I generally avoid recommending Driscoll books to readers who haven't heard enough of his sermons to peek past the pugnacious bluster, but this book is true and loving and a compelling read for anyone. Feb 18, James Bunyan rated it really liked it. Wonderful to spend chapter after chapter focusing solely on what happened at the cross and seeing that applied to a whole bunch of different people in the letters Driscoll writes. It's a bit explicit with many of the chapters seemingly addressed to people who have sinned sexually in some way, but very helpful and deeply pastoral.
Sort of like an applied "Cross of Christ," dealing with a different facet of this precious jewel of christian theology each chapter. Here are the chapter headings, in cas Wonderful to spend chapter after chapter focusing solely on what happened at the cross and seeing that applied to a whole bunch of different people in the letters Driscoll writes. Here are the chapter headings, in case it's worth going back over just one of the aspects of the cross: Introduction We Killed God: Recommended Reading on the Cros But overall, I appreciated both the theological depth but also especially?
I would definitely recommend the book to folks who wish to grow in their depth of appreciation for the cross; who have an idea of what Jesus did "long ago," but who want to see that play out in their lives today; to folks who wish they could give wise counsel; to individuals struggling who need a Savior, not just objectively, but along the way of life. My favorite part was seeing the true pastoral, shepherding heart of a man who isn't publicly perceived in that light.
It's a great challenge and balance between forthright and honest, but compassionate and gospel-centered advice, seeing the heart of the cross in nearly every situation someone might encounter. Driscoll applies the cross in very specific ways--in the form of letters to various people he has counseled over the years. He writes to people that have experienced demonic torment, bondage to lust, adultery, child molestation, rape, a sure sentence to hell, familial hostility, an interest in Christianity, and even to his, with whom he discusses the nature and importance of the atonement.
Not only is this book great for counseling as it applies the cross to very specific situations, but it is al Driscoll applies the cross in very specific ways--in the form of letters to various people he has counseled over the years. Not only is this book great for counseling as it applies the cross to very specific situations, but it is also full of doctrine.
Driscoll discusses doctrines such as redemption, sacrifice, righteousness, justification, propitiation, expiation, unlimited limited atonement, ransom, reconciliation, and revelation. I highly recommend this book, for it portrays the cross in a fresh manner as it is applied to many situations that people are quick to label as hopeless or awkward to talk about. It demonstrates how the cross truly is the answer for every situation in life. I will continually refer back to this book to remember how the cross applies to specific situations.
Jul 24, Chuck rated it really liked it. An innovative read on applying the theology of the death of Christ to the specifics of peoples' lives. Some of the personal vignettes were powerful illustrations of the need for Christ in the individual situation. The authors, Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears, did not pull any punches in their presentation of the situation or their response to it.
I found some of the reading repetitive; and for me, many of the initial vignettes and letters were the most powerful. Perhaps it was the structure of An innovative read on applying the theology of the death of Christ to the specifics of peoples' lives. Perhaps it was the structure of the book, vignettes on a specific person or situation in their lives, with a pastoral letter in response to them from Mark Driscoll, that lent itself to this happening. Mark's directness and bluntness at times felt unnecessary to me, but I recognize that could be very much due to personal style.
If bluntness and directness offends you, read though it. I know of some people in situations similar to those Driscoll and Breshears wrote about, and think "Death by Love" could be the approach to open their eyes to what's going on. Apr 09, Jacob Van Sickle rated it it was amazing. This is a great book about the cross of Christ.
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It is not great because of shear theological content but the way the theology of the cross is applied. In this book Pastor Mark Driscoll writes letters to people in his congregation. The letters show the reality and wretchedness of sin along with the justice and grace of God. To do this, he applies the cross to their situations. He applies the cross and Jesus as Christus Victor to a demonized woman. He applies the cross and Jesus as redemption to a This is a great book about the cross of Christ.
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He applies the cross and Jesus as redemption to a sex addict. He applies the cross and Jesus as expiation to a rape victim. You get the picture. This book will help anyone dwell on the cross and the day to day accomplishments that it holds. As Driscoll says, "[the cross] like every jewel Gerry Breshears addresses common questions at the end of each chapter. The questions and answers are helpful and good to know. This book is also good for anyone wanting to apply the cross to other people's lives; I know I'll refer back to it in the years to come.
Jul 27, Bryan McWhite rated it it was amazing. This may be the best explanation of Christ's work of atonement on the Cross that I have yet read, including John Stott's classic, "The Cross of Christ. Most readers will find this to be an accessible work that will bring healing to wounds and will pitch crucially important theology of the Cross at an understandable level.
I plan to ask our community small groups to work carefully and deliberately through this book, and I have no doubt that I will be a better pastor because of reading it. It's likely that is will become a once-a-year book for me. Aug 05, Scott Ray rated it really liked it. Excellent book looking at the cross from all the different angles.
Looking at everything Jesus did through the crucifixion. Done in a very practical way. Each chapter is a letter to someone that the author knows. Someone that has come to him with a problem. It starts off with a summary of what is going on in their life. Then the author responds to them with an aspect of the cross and how it applies to their life.
In this manner you guet not only the doctrine of the crucifixion but also how you a Excellent book looking at the cross from all the different angles. In this manner you guet not only the doctrine of the crucifixion but also how you apply it in real peoples lives who are hurting or who are hurting others. Also has one of the best section I have seen on the debate between Calvinism and Armeniism. The author makes a very biblical very strong case that the Bible shows neither one but one that is a combination of the two.
Listing it as Unlimited Limited attonement. Feb 20, MrBReads rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is both easy and difficult to read.