“Vintage Jesus” co-written by Pastor Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle and Dr. Gerry Breshears, is a non-fiction book answering 12 common questions on the subject of Jesus.
These questions range from: Is Jesus the only God? To how human was Jesus? To why should we worship Jesus? And what difference has Jesus made in history? For most Christians and even non-believers, they have such questions when it comes to Jesus.
Along with the sound theology found in this book, there is also a wide-range of pop culture references, which demonstrate God’s legacy throughout history. Driscoll and Breshears use their theological education and background in ministry to answers these tough questions, along with other insights from Dog the Bounty Hunter, Freidrich Nietzche, Martin Luther King Jr., Kanye West and even Ghandi.
These authors also connect to pop culture through the popular “Lord of the Rings” series. The question they ask: How can Jesus really sympathize with me as my priest if he is sinless and therefore has not experienced the devastation of sin like I have? Their response is using the analogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien: "... By way of modern analogy, he is a little like Frodo on the way to Mount Doom. The closer he gets, the heavier the ring becomes. Finally he cannot go on, and Sam has to carry him to the completion of his mission. Jesus was on a similar mission, a quest, really. The closer he got to Calvary, the heavier the mission weighed upon him. Finally, in the Garden of Gethsemane he was nearly overwhelmed, when Luke tells us that an angel came to strengthen him. Nonetheless, Jesus went on alone."
This book is an easy read for those looking to find answers that are culturally relevant and that are steeped in theological truths. The book is straightforward, with light apologetics defending Jesus Christ in recent pop culture. There were at time when Driscoll, in his uncanny way, seems a bit inappropriate with his humor, and you ask yourself, “Why did he just say that?” While there are a few times he crossed the lines of decency in this book, it is something to take into consideration when recommending this book to a strong evangelical.
“Vintage Jesus” is the first book published under Resurgence Literature (Re:Lit), which is a ministry of Resurgence, supported by Mars Hill Church.
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