Like a familiar tune rendered in three different musical styles, three new books offer unique perspectives but a unified challenge on the relationship between church and culture. In poetic terms, it's not the road less traveled that leads to the future, it's the road most traveled.
Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Mars Hill Fellowship in Seattle and the Acts 29 church planting network, believes that our culture provides a tremendous opportunity for the gospel, a "reformission" in which Christians serve as missionaries in their own neighborhoods.
In Radical Reformission, Driscoll urges a commitment to return to Jesus' original threefold call: to the gospel (loving our Lord), to the culture (loving our neighbor), and to the church (loving our brother).
"Reformission requires that every Christian and church realize that missions is not about something they do but something they are," he explains. "We are all on a mission with Jesus every day, and we are either good missionaries or bad."