Friday, January 09, 2009

Vintage Church Now Available

Vintage Church--the new book by Mark Driscoll and Garry Breshears--is now available.

Here are a couple of the blurbs:
“Having treated us to Vintage Jesus and Death by Love, Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears team up again to provide a third installment that addresses the nature, life, and missional character of the church of Jesus Christ. Pastors, church members, and those who are just wondering about Jesus and his church will find this book to be very helpful. The expected topics—church leadership, preaching, baptism, the Lord’s Supper—are covered clearly and practically. What I especially appreciate is the discussion of often overlooked topics such as church unity, discipline, and love, and the attention given to new topics such as multi-site campuses and the use of technology. ‘Timeless’ and ‘timely’ are apt descriptions of this book on the church that is must reading!”

— Gregg R. Allison, Associate Professor of Christian Theology,
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

[Dr. Allison, by the way, will be authoring the academic volume on ecclesiology in the Foundations of Evangelical Theology series.]

Vintage Church is a remarkable book. Mark and Gerry seek to be rigorously biblical and theologically faithful as they address the doctrine of the church. However, the real uniqueness to this book is its personal and practical insights. Remaining faithful to the gospel of Jesus, the authors help us think and see how to do church in a twenty-first-century context that presents both challenges and opportunities to the body of Christ. Timeless truths and timely methods indeed are woven together in a beautiful tapestry. This is a valuable work.”

— Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Here's the table of contents:
1. What Is the Christian Life?
2. What Is a Christian Church?
3. Who Is Supposed to Lead a Church?
4. Why Is Preaching Important?
5. What Are Baptism and Communion?
6. How Can a Church Be Unified?
7. What Is Church Discipline?
8. How Is Love Expressed in a Church?
9. What Is a Missional Church?
10. What Is a Multi-Campus Church?
11. How Can a Church Utilize Technology?
12 How Could the Church Help Transform the World?
Appendix: Sample Church Membership Covenant