The Burner Piles on @PastorMark

At The Burner Blog, David Moore has concluded his 4-part series on Mark Driscoll’s new book on marriage.  And Moore is unrelenting:

The concentration on a man’s sexual needs and total ignorance of any non-male-like needs a women might have prevents this from being a useful book on marriage. Therefore, The Burner Blog cannot recommend that any couple needing information/advice/tools to improve their marriage take this book seriously.

I keep writing because think the book really is a bad book. In my (very male) opinion, it’s not affirming or helpful to women. Women are more than tools to be used for their husbands sexual gratification. There is more to sex than intercourse. Children play a role in marriage. There is little mention of the mystery of marriage á la Ephesians 5. Suggestions for improvements in communication or money are absent.

READ THE REST: How to Avoid Satan Himself Laying in the Space Between You and Other Loose Ends From Real Marriage « The Burner.

Bestselling Books of 2011

According to Nielson Bookscan, here are the bestselling books of 2011, along with sales figures.  Nielson covers sales through ABA channels, which means that sales at Christian bookstores are not included.  My question isn’t so much whether you’ve read any of these, but instead what does this list say about America in 2011?

2011′s Top 15: Adult Nonfiction

1 HEAVEN IS FOR REAL*, Todd Burpo (Thomas Nelson; trade paperback; 9780849946158) 1,994,000

2 STEVE JOBS, Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster; hardcover; 9781451648539) 1,385,000

3 UNBROKEN*, Laura Hillenbrand (Random House; hardcover; 9781400064168) 913,000

4 KILLING LINCOLN, Bill O’Reilly (Holt; hardcover; 9780805093070) 777,000

5 BOSSYPANTS, Tina Fey (Reagan Arthur Books; hardcover; 9780316056861) 514,000

6 STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0*, Tom Rath (Gallup Press; hardcover; 9781595620156) 510,000

7 THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, Rebecca Skloot (Broadway; trade paperback; 9781400052189) 502,000

8 A STOLEN LIFE, Jaycee Dugard (Simon & Schuster; hardcover; 9781451629187) 500,000

9 THE 17 DAY DIET, Mike Moreno (Free Press; hardcover; 9781451648652) 490,000

10 IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS, Erik Larson (Crown; hardcover; 9780307408846) 392,000

11 GO THE F*CK TO SLEEP, Adam Mansbach (Akashic Books; hardcover; 9781617750250) 359,000

12 INSIDE OF A DOG*, Alexandra Horowitz (Scribner; trade paperback; 9781416583431) 350,000

13 THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE* (College Board; trade paperback; 9780874478525) 321,000

14 THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES*, Gary Chapman (Northfield Publishers; trade paperback; 9780802473158) 316,000

15 GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (Guinness; hardcover; 9781904994671) 313,000

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The Church Is Flat in the Patheos Book Club

My latest book, The Church Is Flat: The Relational Ecclesiology of the Emerging Church Movement, is part of the Patheos Book Club for the next couple weeks.  You can read an interview with me, and read an excerpt from the book about the christological office of “friend.”

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A Complementarian Who Thinks Mark Driscoll Is a Misogynist

I won’t be reviewing Mark and Grace Driscoll’s new book.  That’s because I won’t be reading it.  But I’m glad that David Moore of Fuller Seminary’s The Burner Blog did. Dave confesses in his post that he is a complementarian, a position that I find biblically, theologically, and cultural untenable and downright disgusting. Nevertheless, Dave holds it, and he still thinks that the Driscolls’ book is full of misogynistic crap.

Over to you, Dave:

When I received Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship and Life Together by Mark and Grace Driscoll, there was a certain expectation. [The Burner] was expecting something irritating, something provocative and something worthy of the “Crazy Mark Driscoll” pet name I use to refer to the Mars Hill (Seattle) pastor.

I saw it coming, and got blindsided. This book is an astoundingly unbelievable disrespect for women.

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