The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the   Gospel in a 16th-Century Catechism   -     By: Kevin DeYoung
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The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th-Century Catechism

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Does the church need to reinvent itself to be relevant? Or does it need to remember and rediscover? Returning to the faith fundamentals found in the 16th-century Heidelberg Catechism, DeYoung elucidates man's guilt, God's grace, and the believer's gratitude in a warmhearted way that's simple enough for young Christians and deep enough for the more mature. 240 pages, softcover from Moody.

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Publication Date: 2010
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If there is "nothing new under the sun," perhaps the main task now facing the Western church is not to reinvent or be relevant, but to remember.  The truth of the gospel is still contained within vintage faith statements. Within creeds and catechisms we can have our faith strengthened, our knowledge broadened, and our love for Jesus deepened.   

In The Good News We Almost Forgot, Kevin DeYoung explores the Heidelberg Catechism and writes 52 brief chapters on what it has shown him. The Heidelberg is largely a commentary on the Apostle's Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord's Prayer and deals with man's guilt, God's grace, and believers' gratitude. The result is a clear-headed, warm-hearted exploration of the faith, simple enough for young believers and deep enough for mature believers. 

DeYoung writes, "The gospel summarized in the Heidelberg Catechism is glorious, it's Christ gracious, it's comfort rich, it's Spirit strong, it's God Sovereign, and it's truth timeless."  Come and see how your soul can be warmed by the elegantly and logically laid out doctrine that matters most:  We are great sinners and Christ is a greater Savior!

Author Bio

KEVIN DEYOUNG is the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, located near Michigan State University. He serves as a council member at The Gospel Coalition and blogs on TGC's DeYoung, Restless and Reformed. He is the co-author of Why We're Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be, Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion, and What is the Mission of the Church? Making sense of social justice, Shalom and the Great Commission and the author of Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will, The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism, The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness, and Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have five children: Ian, Jacob, Elizabeth, Paul, and Mary.

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Hearing the words “16th Century Catechism” will cause a myriad of reactions, depending on your religious background. For some, memories of a classroom and rote memorization spring to mind. Others will recoil at the thought of “some moldy document” that purports to impart truth. Others embrace the document’s antiquity and seek to make it relevant for today by updating it. All of these responses, real and valid though they may be, would be inappropriate for this 16th Century Catechism – the Heidelberg Catechism.

In The Good News We Almost Forgot, Pastor Kevin DeYoung takes a careful and studious look at the Heidelberg Catechism, penned largely by Zacharias Ursinus and published in the mid-16th Century, and finds that its truths do not need to be recovered as much as they need to be preserved. The truth has not gone away or faded, it is our memory of the truth that corrupts and must be guarded. A catechism is a wonderful tool in this regard.

Taking simple questions and presenting answers in an easily read, understood and memorized format is a simple way to teach doctrinal truth in a systematic way. This is exactly Pastor DeYoung’s plan: to utilize the 52-week division of the Catechism in order to present articles of reflection upon the teachings of the catechism.

Originally prepared for DeYoung’s congregation, the reader is quickly engaged with the text of the Catechism and Pastor DeYoung’s commentary highlights which expand on the simple questions and answers under consideration. The richness of the catechism is only accentuated by the insightful and thought-provoking comments. Readers can readily feel the heartbeat of a pastor for his congregation’s learning and edification while progressing through the study.

DeYoung succinctly states “everything we need to learn is what we’ve already forgotten. The chief theological task now facing the Western church is not to reinvent or to be relevant but to remember.” After reading his treatise on the Heidelberg Catechism, one feels better equipped to remember what really matters.

This book would be helpful for any student of the Bible. It is basic enough for new believers and conveys much depth for the seasoned saint. I recommend it heartily. – Pastor Charles L. Eldred, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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    I received this book free from Moody Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

    "The only thing more difficult than finding the truth is not losing it". Kevin DeYoung's opening sentence in the introduction is a great summary of what he is looking to accomplish with The Good News We Almost Forgot. A reconnection with a time tested piece of the past; as well as an opportunity to draw on the wisdom of the past as a reference to seeking out a path for the future.

    DeYoung is senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. He is an accomplished author and a seminary trained minister with an obvious reverence and love for the subject matter of this book: The Heidelberg Catechism. Developed in the 16th century, and in use ever since, the catechism is segmented into 52 sections corresponding to 52 Lord's Days over the course of the year. Written to instruct through Q&A format (which after all, is a textbook definition of a catechism), there are 129 questions answered that will lead the reader on a reflective journey of one's faith and beliefs. It is often mentioned in the same paragraphs as the Bible, Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress or Thomas á Kempis' The Imitation of Christ in terms of wide usage and staying power as a classic of Christian literature. While it might not be well known these days, it does have a storied history and can be pointed to with confidence as a safeguard of Christian instruction.

    DeYoung utilized the catechism in the original Q&A format supplemented with clarifying commentary for each Lord's Day section that will assist the reader in studying and understanding the instruction contained within the catechism.

    While I would classify the book as a commentary, I did not find it to be a bible study. I have seen other editions with the catechism that include scripture passages that would facilitate a more detailed individual bible study than DeYoung's book, although there are ample Scripture references that one could research and read.

    While it does seek to instruct in the Gospel, I did not find it a resource one could easily use in evangelism. For personal deep meditative periods, it might serve one well. As a tool to reach unbelievers, you probably would not give it as the first book for someone to read in their newly found faith walk. Maybe it was different in the 16th century, but I do not see it working that way now. While it may give you a good grounding in understanding the gospel that could translate into your being better equipped to share the gospel, I do not dispute. As a ready tool to evangelize, this is not what I believe it was intended to do in its' original form, nor do I think DeYoung claims it to be that.

    It clearly has roots in reformed theology but I did not find it overly so. But you need to know that is the basis for the development of this catechism. If that concerns you, be so warned. As a devotional that you would be willing to invest time in weekly, the two or three questions and answers you could reflect on and wrestle with in each Lord's Day section would be an edifying journey to take. But be prepared to put some time into it if you are looking to get a lot out of it. A surface read of the catechism would have you miss quite a bit that time would allow to seep in. This is not a casual read by any stretch. Reflection on Scriptures is a weighty matter and this book, with the supplementary commentary provided by DeYoung is up to the task at hand. Clearly, The Good News We Almost Forgot is a sound addition to the classics section of your library.
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    This book is jammed-packed with theological truths in short chapters. Each chapter begins to ask questions and they are answered at the same time. As mentioned earlier this book is divided into three sections as the Catechism answers questions on the Apostles' Creed, which discusses the doctrine of Heaven and Hell and addresses if Jesus actually descended into Hell. Next, is the Ten Commandments, which goes through each commandment in light of the New Testament. Finally, on the Lord's Prayer and how we need to be a praying people.
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    This is a great introduction to a classic. Rev. DeYoung is a gifted teacher and speaks in an earthy and honest style that I find refreshing. If you have any interest at all in the creeds and confessions of the Church then you'll enjoy this book.
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