Review of Mark Driscoll’s “A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?”

Christendom- the civic culture based on Judeo-Christian tenets that the United States was founded on and flourished by- is dead and gone, claims Mark Driscoll, but that does not mean that Christianity is.  Indeed, the end of Christendom should be seen as an opportunity for a vibrant and strong church to emerge from the ashes of a system perpetuated on borrowed faith and tradition.  So begins Mark Driscoll’s look at the future of Christianity in America.  “A Call to Resurgence” outlines the demise of Christendom, a decrease in sound teaching and Biblical literacy, and the emergence of a new culture; religious tribalism, which is composed of “groups of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea” and often opposed to other tribes (86).  Obviously, tribalism works against the unity that is vital to a resurgence of the true Church, and Driscoll gives a good overview of denominational differences to demonstrate the root of today’s various tribal factions, while exhorting Christians to distinguish between primary doctrinal issues (those that are central to salvation) and secondary doctrinal issues (those that are not central to salvation).  Driscoll also gives a great overview of Church history and revival movements- great because it avoids being boring and tedious, and because he doesn’t try to produce a formula for revival.  He does, however call for repentance in a number of key areas (sexual sin, failure to tithe, hypocrisy) and he calls on men to step up as leaders, dads, and husbands.  Driscoll is also unwavering in his claim that the gospel does not need to be made relevant in today’s culture; rather, its timeless relevance needs to be demonstrated and spoken in the lives of Christians.  “A Call to Resurgence” is the best non-fiction book I’ve read this year, and while this review has attempted to summarize the concepts in this book, I want to be clear that this is probably the most culturally relevant message I’ve come across in a long while.  It will convict you, educate you, and challenge you in your faith and it will give you a lot of food for thought on many issues that stir controversy and debate within society and the church today.  As I write this, there is controversy over a claim that Driscoll plagiarized the ideas of author Peter Jones in this book.  If true, that’s unfortunate and must be rectified.  But although an accusation of plagiarism casts a shadow on the author, it does not negate the relevance of the message; thus, “A Call to Resurgence” gets my strong recommendation.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Tyndale House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


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