Raw.
??We clicked because I drive a 1978 Chevy truck that gets single digits to the gallon and has a bacon air freshener and no functioning speedometer and because I fashion myself as the seld-appointed leader of a heterosexual male backlash in our overly chickified city filled with guys drinking herbal teal and rocking out to Mariah Carey in their lemon yellow Volkswagon Cabriolets while wearing fuchsia sweater vests that perfectly match their open-toed shoes. (p. 147)??

Funny.
??Scrambling for ideas, I agreed to cance a Sunday church service to let some of our long-haired public radio types take us outside to do a joint art project they had proposed….As a truck-driving jock who watches a lot of Ultimate Fighting, I can honestly say it was the gayest thing I have ever been a part of. (p. 71)??

Real.
??Emotionally, ministry proved to be more exhausting than I could have fathomed.  Because I deeply loved my people and carried their burdens, the pains of our people’s lives began to take a deep toll on me.  Many nights were spent in prayer for people instead of sleeping, and even on what were supposed to be days off, my mind was consumed with the painful hardships and sinful rebellions of our people. (p. 68)??

Mark Driscoll‘s latest book, Confessions of a Reformission Rev. Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church, is a fantastic look at life in ministry.  I have a great deal of love and respect for Andy Stanley and Rick Warren, but their stories don’t match my stories in ministry.  Mark’s story of the growth of his church is a wonderful and real look at a man on a mission, with strong theological convictions, and who loves Christ’s church and the city of Seattle.

It is raw.  He is blatanly honest.  But if many could get away with it in ministry, we would do the same thing.  He is a passionate man who doesn’t have time to say things in flowery words.  His story is real.  It is an honest look at the hard life of ministry, and the pain and anguish we go through as ministers.  And all the while, it’s a picture of one sold out to Christ and his mission.

He is theologically conservative.  He spends time unashamedly distancing himself from a hermeneutic that is liberal and relative.  He believes the book, studies theology, and is passionate about teaching that.

Each of the chapters chronicle a period of time in the growth of Mars Hill.  It is encouraging to see the struggles and the faith.  It is encouraging to face many similar situations and see how others handled it.

I truly think this is a must read for all church planters and for those of us in ministry it should be highly considered.  Few pastors are able to be real and transparent enough to let others see their pain and hardache and fears.  Mark is a real man.  And his story is compelling.

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