Mark Driscoll – pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle – announced the release of his new book on his blog this week. The book is titled Vintage Jesus: Timeless Answers to Timely Questions and sets out to answer 12 key questions in unlocking the person and ministry of Jesus. The book isn’t scheduled to release in mid-February, but pre-orders are now being taken. The first 1,000 people to purchase the book will receive a signed copy (*cough* birthday present *cough*) as well as an advance PDF version of the book.
The book was co-written with Driscoll’s Bible professor and mentor Dr. Gerry Breshears, but the “voice” of the book is most obviously Driscoll’s – as you can read for yourself in the sample below:
Roughly two thousand years ago, Jesus was born in a dumpy, rural, hick town, not unlike those today where guys change their own oil, think pro wrestling is real, find women who chew tobacco sexy, and eat a lot of Hot Pockets with their uncle-daddy. Jesus’ mom was a poor, unwed teenage girl who was often mocked for claiming she conceived via the Holy Spirit. Most people thought she concocted the crazy story to cover the fact she was knocking boots with some guy in the backseat of a car at the prom. Jesus was adopted by a simple carpenter named Joseph and spent the first thirty years of his life in obscurity, swinging a hammer with his dad.
In Vintage Jesus, (we) provide timeless answers to twelve timely questions about the most important man who has ever lived. These questions are answered with insights from people such as Jesus himself, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Luther King Jr., Hugh Hefner, Jack Bauer, Fidel Castro, Oprah, Kanye West, Gandhi, Homer Simpson, Mike Tyson, Gil Grissom, and Madonna, along with some demons and a porn star.
Regular Driscoll listeners will not doubt recognize the content from the sermon series he preached last year of the same title. I suppose if you wanted to really save yourself $12 you could just listen to the sermons (scroll down) but I have a hunch the book is going to be worth adding to your library anyway.
Vintage Jesus: Part 1 – Is Jesus the Only God?