Book Review: Vintage Jesus

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By Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears

I really enjoy what I’ve read and heard from Mark Driscoll. He has a certain blokey, no holds barred kind of approach that really speaks to me. Vintage Jesus is his first work dealing with theology rather than Church pragmatics. Is it any good?

The subtitle to Vintage Jesus is “Timeless Answers to Timely Questions”. And this title is pretty apt. It takes all these questions that people have about the nature and purpose of Jesus and answers them in a pretty straight forward way. You’re not going to get a detailed description of the interaction of the trinity. You’re not going to get an analysis of textual criticism etc etc. What you are going to get is a simple, straight forward account of who Jesus is.

There are a lot of Christian books out there that are some what suspect. The author believes something that is either contrary to Scripture or has interpreted Scripture in a way that strays from the truth of the gospel. When I pick up a Christian book, I am always on the look out for the dodgy in what I read. Vintage Jesus, as far as I can see, is on the money. Not only is it on the money, but it is entertaining and encouraging as well. Some parts of this book, especially the bits on Jesus’ kingship over us today, have really challenged me. This is a good thing.

This Sunday, I will be preaching on the topic of Jesus’ reign over us in the present day. Vintage Jesus certainly helped me prepare for this sermon. I hope that the punters on Sunday are as encouraged by the material I’ve lifted from this book as I have been.

I whole heatedly recommend this book. Especially if you’re a 20 something, post modern kind of bloke. Or if you know a 20 something, post modern kind of bloke. This book strips away the nonsense, cuts straight to the heart of the issue, and preaches that Jesus is God. What more do you want?

You can find this book at Bible Society NSW Bookshop.

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