Death by Love: Letters from the Cross (RE: Lit: Vintage Jesus)
Real people. Real sin. Transformed lives. A compilation of heartfelt letters written from a pastor to his people that explains Jesus’ work on the cross.
Death by Love is a unique book on the cross of Jesus Christ. While many books debate the finer points of the doctrine of the atonement, what is often lost are the real-life implications of Jesus’ death on the cross for tho...more
My story has a little to do with the actual book, a fair amount to do with the author, and a lot to do with the impact the author has had on my life, though I've never met him.
You can glean from the one star this impact is not positive.
Some years ago, I was accepted for a ministries internship at a large church in my city. At the time, I had aspirations of being a pastor, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to gain experience. ...more
Death by Love is great because it deals with real people in real life down-and-dirty situations. Not every story will apply directly to every reader, but you will undoubtedly find something to glean from each one, and I'm cer ...more
On the one hand I appreciate the aims of the book. It was clear to me that Driscoll and Breshears sought to make their pastoral ministry theological. For this I applaud them. This was written by a pastor and a theologian with a pastoral purpose. This is a worthwhile development and I greatly admire this mov ...more
* Demons Are Tormenting Me, Jesus Is Katie's Christus Victor
* Lust Is My God, Jesus Is Thomas's Redemption
* My Wife Slept with My Friend, Jesus Is Luke's New Covenant Sacrifice
* I Am a 'Good' Christian, Jesus Is David's Gift Righteousness
* I Molested a Child, Jesus Is John's Justification
* My Dad Used to Beat Me, Jesu ...more
For example, he talks about how Christ is the propitiati ...more
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 ...more
I would definitely recommend the book to folks who wish to grow in their depth of apprecia ...more
Not only is this book great for counseling as it applies the cross to very specific situations, but it is al ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
As readability goes, I zoomed through the 250 pages in about a week's worth of reading as I walked and grabbing the occasional read on my lunch break. The conversational style (at times a little forced) and the relatively short chapter length leads to a nice, quick read.
However (and this is not at all a bad 'however'), it is a meaty book filled with difficult topics and if you are anything like me, some of the chapters will have something of an emotio ...more
Driscoll's pastoral work is not often gentle. He does no wooing to repentance. He calls. He demands. At times, it seems a bit to h ...more
I listened to this on audio - Mark does the reading. This book will walk all over your toes but in a way that I think everyone needs. A lot of thought and prayer went into this book -- I can tell that from the get go. I've sent this to someone who I thin ...more
I recommend this for anyone who is a stranger to the Gospel or such old friends with it that it has become overly familiar.
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" ...more