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The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out without Selling Out

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  992 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Reformation is the continual reforming of the mission of the church to enhance God's command to reach out to others in a way that acknowledges the unique times and locations of daily life. This engaging book blends the integrity of respected theoreticians with the witty and practical insights of a pastor. It calls for a movement of missionaries to seek the lost across the ...more
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Driscoll uses extreme examples and edgy language to make his points. This is not a book or a review for the undescerning.

Introduction: tremendously helpful to see how Christian movements can become meaningless without the church, the Gospel, and culture working together. I completely disagreed with Driscoll in his assessment of Fundamentalism, at first.

Part 1: Addresses our addiction to the appearance of morality and encourages us to use our freedom in Christ to do mission (rightly singular as t
Douglas Hayes
This is the basic primer for Driscoll thinking - and what it means to be missional.

It is well written and challenging. There are plenty of things to quibble about - but its a great encouragement to allow/force ourselves to think outside of the boxes we so typically sequester ourselves in. It confronts our prejudices and preconceived notions about people (especially unbelievers) in light of Christ's example and imperatives to us about discipling the nations. It takes seriously the importance of
Mark Driscoll balances on the fine line between conservatism and liberalism in the church.

His methods are too liberal for the fundamentalists (good), and his doctrine is too conservative for the post-modern/emerging crowd (also good).
I suggest McLaren's evangelism book...
Adam Ross
Driscoll definitely put together a winner with this one. The Radical Reformission is his presentation of what being the church means in our emerging world, and he writes with passion, verve, and a wit well equal to that of Douglas Wilson. In so many ways I am right here with him, nodding my head in agreement. His chapter on culture is wonderful, filled with helpful correctives in all directions, including a refreshing refutation of the "garbage in, garbage out" mentality of many Christians. That ...more
I think I would have enjoyed "Radical Reformation" by Mark Driscoll more had I not just read his "Confessions" a couple of days before. Don't get me wrong, I think "Radical Reformission" is very good. If "Confessions" is the biography of Driscoll's church, then "Radical Reformission" is their philosophy of ministry. I should have just spaced them out more, but I highly recommend this book for anyone who is trying to understand how to better engage their culture for Christ.

Driscoll offers some ve
Sally Loftis
I am not quite sure what to think of Mark Driscoll. Before I had even read his book The Radical Reformission, another friend described Driscoll as the "cussing" pastor. My friend claims that Driscoll is known to drop questionable language in his sermons. That sounds like a classic generation X or Y-aged pastor who is pushing cultural relevance, but I don't know what is true about Mark Driscoll. Just look him up on Google sometime. He draws a heated reaction from every side of the religious debat ...more
Missions M/D
Jun 29, 2012 Missions M/D marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Reformation is the continual reforming of the mission of the church to enhance God's command to reach out to others in a way that acknowledges the unique times and locations of daily life.

This engaging book blends the integrity of respected theoreticians with the witty and practical insights of a pastor. It calls for a movement of missionaries to seek the lost across the street as well as across the globe.

This basic primer on the interface between gospel and culture highlights the contrast betw
Driscoll's debut book contends that as believers we must be concerned about three things: the gospel, the church, and the culture. When we neglect one of these three elements, we fall into one of three errors:

The Church + The Culture - The Gospel = Liberalism

The Church + The Gospel - The Culture = Fundamentalism

The Gospel + The Culture - The Church = Parachurch

I think this is slightly reductionistic, but it still provokes reflection. Driscoll's book is a plea for the church to be faithful to the
Paul Brown
Dec 01, 2007 Paul Brown rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love Jesus and want to love their neighbors better.
This was my first book on missional topics, and Driscoll's book on reformission was helpful as a challenge to live and think missionally in culture. Driscoll stresses that since people do not exist apart from culture, we need to understand and relate to them in that context. He seems to specially challenge evangelicals who have overly distanced themselves from the world and ignored culture while also giving strong critiques of "emerging"-type Christians who have been swept up in culture and lost ...more
Mark Driscoll’s The Radical Reformission: Reaching Out without Selling Out presents a unique and important challenge to Christians living in the United States. In it, Driscoll contends that the American Church maintains the erroneous notion that missions can only be conducted in foreign lands. This view ignores that fact that the United States is filled with people who have yet to commit themselves to Christ and life in the Church. It is in light of this that Driscoll proposes a “radical reformi ...more
This was a very interesting and refreshing read about mission in the United States. I can understand completely why the Mars Hill church is so successful.

Driscoll has a great way with words and imagery that makes his points very clear. The introduction was the best part; a tear-down of a lot of problems with Christian culture in general and its approach to non-Christians. He identified pretty much every problem I've ever had with Christian mission, and showed the way around those problems.

The id
This is Mark Driscoll's first book, and he is challenging how we conventionally think about evangelism in America. George Barna states, "If all the unchurched people in the U.S. were to establish their own country, they would form the eleventh most populated nation in the world." Our churches are failing to spread the Gospel effectively. As Driscoll points out, "The churches in our neighborhoods may be more akin to museums memorializing a yesterday when God showed up in glory to transform people ...more
This is Pastor Mark Driscoll's debut and it's still good in my mind, there's a lot to thinking about here for traditional and emergent churches alike. Traditional churches tend to avoid selling out, but they don't reach out and far too many emerging/emergent/contemporary churches have reached out and sold out, losing hold of the truth about sin and salvation in order to extend their reach. Christians should be concerned with evangelizing the unbelieving people around them. The tension is the sam ...more
A challenge to conservative Christians who tend to "follow the rules", this book discusses how to effectively reach out to unbelievers. Rather than setting rules that are not scriptural, and then expecting new Christians to conform, we should make the gospel relevant to culture. This does not mean breaking God's law, but rather not adding to God's law but using the aspects of our culture to relate to others. For example, drinking alcohol, tattoos, and smoking are often frowned on by conservative ...more
Heh and 2 stars in 2005....

Now I would give it 3 or 3.25. It was a lot like i remember it when I read it just after becoming Christian. However, it was different. I think I see more of what Mark is aiming at within the "Reformed" and "Calvinistic" churches. Lazy people love Calvinism, or become lazy through a false understanding of Sovereignty. But the Doctrines of Grace should make the reformed churches the most active in the world of unbelief. Instead we hunker down in camps arguing about the
Scott Ray
As always, Mark Driscoll puts out a great book.

This deals with how to reach out to the culture without selling out the Gospel. This is mostly geared toward the American culture but the ideas and principles can be used for any culture.

Basically it is about how to walk the fine line of reaching a lost world without falling into the two traps that many Christians fall into.

He makes the point that many Christians will either fall into being a Pharasee or Essene where God but retreat from culture and
James (JD) Dittes
Every minister with a publishing deal seems to have a similar, condescending tone toward established religion. It's to the point where, frankly, I would expect any truly "rebellious" treatise could say "Go to a church, find a way to fit into the community there."

Driscoll is fascinating because he's so hard to pigeonhole. Just when you think he's a liberal Christian who engages culture in the bars and discusses oral sex with his members, he's a conservative Christian, calling out sin in his cultu
Donald McKinnon
Driscoll is and can be a very blunt and abrasive speaker and his writing is some of the same here. Driscoll takes you through paces as he describes doing outreach in your neighborhood without selling out as many do. You will laugh as he describes going into some places a pastor is never thought of or the world thinks he should never be.

This is a raw look at what Driscoll describes as the new reformation in the Church, a reformission, as the Church turns its eyes back outwards to the hurting and
Elizabeth Buckley
Driscoll started Mars Hill Church in Seattle about 11 years ago, in one of the least churched cities in the nation, where there are more dogs than Christians. He grew his church to thousands of members over several services in a few years. This is his book about evangelism. He believes in being theologically conservative and culturally liberal in order to reach and not alienate new Christians. He ties everything to Jesus. Really good, fresh ideas and great charts and diagrams explaining differen ...more
Linn Landry
Great read about missions and loving people.
Driscoll's first book, one of his best. Practical and down to earth -- very raw (who would have thought Driscoll has mellowed since then, but he has). A manual for living as missionaries to our own culture. He has a gift for simply and starkly pointing out the implications / commands of the gospel that we all know but do not live by. Loved the 'signposts' on how the gospel connects with culture, loved the 'belonging before believing' evangelism, loved the 'high/folk/pop' cultural analysis stuff. ...more
Miss Lily
Driscoll's books are always quite matter-of-fact in tone that's alittle hard to swallow, but does have some good points about incorporating evangelism and culture that can be helpful in getting a reformissional mind set. His way of explaining things are a bit vulgar, but perhaps it is so his primary group of outreach in *Seattle* can relate and understand. I like his comparison of traditional evangelism to shotgun wedding with Jesus.
Bryan McWhite
This is a very good read, particularly in its emphasis of the necessity to care for the church and to engage with the culture, and suggestions on how to do that wisely. At times, it borders on crass and homophobic. Driscoll needs to check his heart and see whether some of his turns of phrase are really necessary to make his point, but overall this is an excellent read and a vital one of this generation.
Excellent book! Mark Driscoll does an incredible job explaining how Christians should reevaluate how we look at church.

His heart is clear that he is about preserving God's Word and loving people well. Even people that don't look like folks in your church. His frankness is refreshing and he is transparent when describing uncomfortable concepts.

This is one of the best books that I read in 2011
Good advice for "reaching out without selling out." We all love to read the specifics of someone else's success as a simple how-to, but every situation is different (as Driscoll illustrates). It's more about our attitude and our vision. We work out our own specifics with the wisdom of Christ. The real challenge is to talk less about evangelism "specifics" and actually do it.
This book is a frank discussion about a Christian's responsibility to be a missionary in their own cultural context and not hide in the cocoon of Christian comfort. While this book is in need of updating, it is still quite relevant to the need for Christians to not shun where they are culturally, but to faithfully follow God in the culture he's placed them.
This is the 3rd Driscoll book I have picked up to read. It is about living life spiritually for Christ while learning about the culture we live in as well as the various approaches that churches seem to have in regards to culture. There were many insightful portions of the book. It was written in 2004, but still works for how things are currently.
Driscoll's first attempt at writing is not brilliant but fans of his speaking style should enjoy his writing as well due to their similarity. The book is really a handbook on missions in post-modern Western culture, a sort of missional handbook. Filled with interesting anecdotes and testimony's the book manages to entertain while instructing.
You won't find anything new here if you're a regular listener to Driscoll's podcasts, but this is a well-structured presentation of Driscoll's theology, with plenty of memorable illustrations and humor. It's too mean at times, but I think most people should be able to look past that to see Driscoll's insights into postmodern culture.
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Mark A. Driscoll is the founder and teaching pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, as well as the co-founder of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network where he also served as President for a short period. Driscoll continues to serve on the board of Acts 29. He has contributed to the "Faith and Values"
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