“Think Christianity is alive and well? Brace yourself. It’s an illusion.” — MARK DRISCOLL
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Carol Stream, Ill.— Mark Driscoll has been hated, protested, despised, lied about, threatened, and maligned more times than he can count. And he’s not alone. Now, more than ever, Christians are being ostracized for their beliefs, labeled as closed-minded bigots and hatemongers, and generally mocked and abhorred by the mainstream media and the culture at large. As a result, people are leaving the church in droves, and many of those who are left spend more time criticizing than evangelizing.
The church is dying and no one is noticing.
Correction—Mark Driscoll has noticed, and in his new book, A Call to Resurgence, releasing from Tyndale House Publishers on November 5, 2013, the outspoken pastor from Seattle issues a prophetic warning to the church that “dark days are ahead” if we don’t stop the in-fighting and refocus our efforts on preaching the gospel immediately.
“We’re approaching a cliff,” writes Driscoll. “Many Evangelicals are oblivious to the fact that Christendom is dead and real Christianity is in serious decline. As long as we see Christmas trees on government property and hear public figures talk about ‘faith,’ many Christians naively assume that real Christianity is alive and well. That’s an illusion.”
The bad news is that Christians don’t even get it, according to Driscoll—they’re stuck in their cul-de-sacs. Christians are isolated in “tribes” on the internet, and they spend too much time lobbing e-bombs at each other in cyberspace.
Though Driscoll says the current state of the church is dismal, there is still time for a strong community of dedicated believers to rise up and reclaim the faith.
“Christendom may be dead, but Jesus is alive,” says Driscoll. “It’s time to stop licking our wounds, stand up, and get to work.”
“This is not a political book,” continues Driscoll. “This is not a reactionary book. This is a prophetic book.”
This is a call to resurgence. Learn more at www.theresurgencebook.com.
Pastor Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church, a multisite congregation based in Seattle that spans 15 locations in five different states. He is the founder of Resurgence (theResurgence.com), cofounder of the Acts 29 church-planting network, and the author of numerous books, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Real Marriage, cowritten with his wife, Grace. His latest book is A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? Pastor Mark’s sermons reach millions of listeners online, and in 2010 Preaching magazine named him one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years. Pastor Mark and Grace have five children.
A Call to Resurgence by Mark Driscoll | 978-1-4143-8362-0 | November 2013 |Tyndale House Publishers | Hardcover $19.99 | theresurgencebook.com
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