Saturday, January 26, 2013

Reading the New Driscoll Book

I'm currently reading Mark Driscoll's new book Who Do You Think You Are: Finding Your True Identity in Christ. I've already posted some quotes from it and will be posting more. In full disclosure, I received a free pre-publication copy from the publisher as part of their program for bloggers.

I have read several (but not all) of Driscoll's previous books. I have not found anything in the ones I have read that I seriously disagree with. Pastor Driscoll is controversial, and I certainly am not going to blanket endorse everything he has written or done. However, anyone who has built a church as large as his in one of the most unchurched cities in America deserves at least some benefit of the doubt.

This book is a study of identity, based on Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians. I have read Ephesians countless times, and have read many commentaries and studies on the book. But until now, I have never read or heard anyone point out something Driscoll does. Every commentator points out that Ephesians has too parts: Chapters 1-3 are theological in nature, and chapters 4-6 are practical. Driscoll adds that chapters 1-3 are about identity in Christ, and chapters 4-6 attack the idols in his readers lives based on that understanding of their true identity. That makes perfect sense.

I look forward to finishing the book, posting more quotes, and doing a review when I am finished.