Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion  -     By: Ted Kluck, Kevin DeYoung
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Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion

Moody Publishers / 2009 / Paperback

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Whether you're committed, disgruntled, hesitant, or disconnected from the body of Christ, this passionate resource will help you renew your love for the church in all its real-life guts, gaffes, and glory. DeYoung and Kluck's valuable resource provides a solid reminder of the biblical mandate to participate in our local congregations. Relevant and encouraging! 224 pages, softcover from Moody.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802458378
ISBN-13: 9780802458377
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This book presents the case for loving the local church. It paints a picture of the local church in all its biblical and real life guts, gaffes, and glory in an effort to edify local congregations and entice the disaffected back to the fold. It also provides a solid biblical mandate to love and be part of the body of Christ and counteract the "leave church" books that trumpet rebellion and individual felt needs.

Why We Love the Church is written for four kinds of people--the Committed, the Disgruntled, the Waffling & the Disconnected. 

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.

TED KLUCK is co-author of Why We're Not Emergent and author of Facing Tyson, 15 Stories, Paper Tiger and Game Time. His award-winning writing has also appeared in ESPN the Magazine, Sports Spectrum Magazine and on ESPN.com's Page 2. An avid sports fan, he has played professional indoor football, coached high school football, trained as a professional wrestler, served as a missionary, and has also taught writing courses at the college level. He currently lives in Michigan with his wife and two sons.

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  1. Alexandria, VA
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    Restoring the balance of today's church
    November 29, 2013
    David Gough
    Alexandria, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
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    Since the mid-to-late 60s--and I suppose for generations before--critics of the local church have been trying to reinvent, redefine, and reshape it. Every decade or so a radically innovative movement is launched that claims as its goal, ironically, to swing the church back toward the "New Testament" model of "doing church." These fads are usually short-lived, but do not fade without leaving a trail of disgruntled and disillusioned followers in their wake. Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck have followed up their earlier work, "Why We're Not Emergent," with an excellent and practical apologetic entitled "Why We Love the Church." Interestingly, the authors write with a "hip" style that one would think to be better suited for promoting the latest church fad. Instead they tout the more traditional model of the local church. Although conceding its flaws and shortcomings, theirs is a biblically sound argument that is difficult to dispute. Writing from a reformed perspective, they encourage the reader to look with fresh eyes at an old institution before fundamentally abandoning it or leaving it altogether. Their approach is theologically sound and their interaction with some of the more recent proponents of the emerging church is helpful. This book belongs in the hands of every dissatisfied church member, and even those critics who seek to lampoon the church from without. The writers' plea is that, before we pass judgment on the local church, we take a long hard look at ourselves. When we do, we just may find ourselves loving the church as well.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 26, 2010
    Todd Leupold
    Excellent,very necessary and timely exposition that should be read by every Christian - connected or unconnected with a church, happy or unhappy with their church.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 23, 2009
    Cicero Murdock
    "Why We Love the Church" is a Bible-centered defense of the church that reminds us that while we're here, the church, like humanity, will never be perfect. Therefore, rather than trash it and leave it behind, we should love it as the bride of Christ that it is. DeYoung and Kluck's book is a much-needed reminder of what the church is, especially needed by the rising generation of people my age (18-25) that are leaving the church in greater numbers. It also corrects widespread misconceptions about the purpose of the church and controversial moments in church history (i.e., the Crusades). It is a Biblical, truthful, well-backed and well-researched work that is critical for followers of Christ to know. I highly recommend this book for any young person and especially for leaders in your church.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 15, 2009
    James Whittaker
    Having read "Why I am Not Emergent", I cam to appreciate the study that Kevin put in and the daily Practicality that Ted offered. This book, "Why I Love the Church" has added to that appreciation. It has caused me to ask myself why I love the church. I have been a part of local churches in every capacity for over sixty years. In that time I have heard a lot of "new" ideas on how to remake, reform, renew, or remove the church, but they all seemed to end up being no more that a house built on sand with no foundation. When they fell, it was the church built on a solid foundation of Jesus Christ and His Word that had to take them in.
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    November 7, 2009
    Ephrem Hagos
    According to the masterplan and its execution, the Church is nothing but the answer to the question "Who Jesus Christ is", in his standing self-revelation at his perfect and diacritical death on the cross, without any institutional and organizational features (Matt. 16: 13-28; 27: 50-61; John 8: 21-28; 19: 30-37).Contrary to the Christian agenda, the Biblical mandate for the new and universal form of worship of God, in Spirit and truth, clearly overrules any local congregations (John 4: 21-26).
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