Why We're Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be)  -     By: Kevin DeYoung, Ted Kluck
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Pastor DeYoung and sports columnist Kluck thoroughly probe the emerging church from a theological and on-the-street perspective. Resourcing interviews, articles, books, blogs, and experiences, they carefully examine the movement's views on Scripture; the wrath of God; the place of Jesus; spiritual journey vs. pilgrimage; and more. A systematic, thought-provoking, and accessible "dialogue." 224 Pages. Softcover from Moody.

Kevin Deyoung is the senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, across the street from Michigan State University.

Ted Kluck is the author of three books and has written for ESPN the Magazine, Sports Spectrum Magazine, ESPN.com, and several small literay journals.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2008
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ISBN: 0802458343
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You can be young, passionate about Jesus Christ, surrounded by diversity, engaged in a postmodern world, reared in evangelicalism and not be an emergent Christian. In fact, I want to argue that it would be better if you weren't.

The Emergent Church is a strong voice in today's Christian community. And they're talking about good things: caring for the poor, peace for all men, loving Jesus.  They're doing church a new way, not content to fit the mold. Again, all good. But there's more to the movement than that. Much more.

Kevin and Ted are two guys who, demographically, should be all over this movement. But they're not. And Why We're Not Emergent gives you the solid reasons why. From both a theological and an on-the-street perspective, Kevin and Ted diagnose the emerging church. They pull apart interviews, articles, books, and blogs, helping you see for yourself what it's all about.

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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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So who are these “two guys who should be Emergent but aren’t?” Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan and Ted Kluck is primarily a sports writer whose articles have appeared in ESPN the MagazineSports Spectrum to name a few. Both of these men seek to tackle one of the controversial topics surrounding the modern Evangelical church – the Emergent church movement. They alternate chapters in this book: Kevin gives the “play by play” and Ted gives the “color commentary” (to give a sports analogy; I’m sure Ted would be pleased). In other words, DeYoung’s approach is to evaluate the teaching of the Emergent movement theologically and Kluck’s approach is more observational and editorial in format.

DeYoung and Kluck do an excellent job of addressing many of the key issues synonymous with this polarizing movement and they do so with a very bold, yet gracious manner. Both acknowledge some of the good points the movement tries to make concerning the contemporary Evangelical’s shortcomings – especially in the area of reaching the post-modern generation. However, the ways and the theology that guides this movement are corrupt at its core.

Both authors take on some of the more troubling teaching coming out of that movement, such as: God is ultimately unknowable; the rejection of many of the key biblical propositions (e.g. “Jesus is the only way”); and the rejection of Hell as being real and eternal. Listen to this troubling quote by the grand master of the Emergent movement, Brian MacLaren, “I don’t believe making disciples must equal making adherents to the Christian religion. It may be advisable in many (not all!) circumstances to help people become followers of Jesus and remain with their Buddhist, Hindu, or Jewish contexts" (pp. 201-202). So much for the Great Commission! (Matthew 28:18-20) DeYoung addresses the “different Gospel” espoused by this movement in this apt quote, “Our cursed world needs more than a plan for refurbished morals. It needs a Savior because it is so full of sinners. I just cannot understand how the gospel as a call to become a disciple for the good of the world is richer, grander, and more alive than a gospel that announces God’s grace, forgiveness, and the free gift of salvation.” The Emergent gospel is another gospel. Paul gives this jolting commentary about those who propagate a different gospel, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed" (Galatians 1:6-8, ESV).

With a winsome, highly-informed, and biblical approach, DeYoung and Kluck offer one of the best evaluations of the Emergent movement. I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking a better understanding of how to navigate through its dangerous doctrines. DeYoung and Kluck’s definition of an Emergent on pages 20-22 is worth the price of admission. Note: The Emergent church is to be distinguished from the emerging movement – although similar in some ways, there are many in the emerging movement who seek to reach post-moderns but with a decidedly biblical game-plan and mindset. -- Pastor Todd Burgett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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    This book is written in a lively and often humorous style. There's no brow beating going on, just a thoughtful and well reasoned book about the emergent movement. It is fair and balanced, acknowledge both strengths and weaknesses of the emergent. Some in this movement are still fairly conservative doctrinally, and don't go to the extremes that some of the other emergents go to. And those extremes, when encountered, are very unbiblical and dangerous. I can empathize with the two authors. I have never cared much for mega-churches, or a church run like a corporation instead of a body of believers. In my hippie days I was very anti-establishment. So I certainly would be one to be attracted to this "new" way of having church. I also happen to very much treasure the truth as revealed in God's Word, so when you start chopping it up, discarding what some might find unpleasant or too strident, or too "mean", then you have lost me. Some of the emergent leaders are just doing just this. Rob Bell's "Love Wins" is a perfect example. He wants to get rid of hell because it seems to make God unfriendly. Well, what's next? No judgement for sins? No sins? They also want to move away from the propitiation of sins achieved for us by Christ. Brian McClaren, another big wig in the movement, seems to think that God's sacrifice of His Son for our sins is "cosmic child abuse". Not joking. He claims to believe in all the "important" doctrines of the historical Christian faith, but the more you read him, the more doctrines he seems willing to jettison to make Christianity more "user" or "seeker" friendly. This book is both a good read, and an alarming one. There are demons out there friends, and they hate the truth. Paul warned that in the end times their activity would increase, and I think the informed reader knows how much they have infiltrated the body of Christ. Get this book.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 27, 2010
    Jason Davis
    Well formed and knowledgeable response to the dangers of the emergent movement. Anyone wanting to know more about the true nature of the emergent church and its ramifications on the church biblically would do well to give this text a read through.
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    Joshua Taylor
    Excellent book on the emergent church. I got my first exposure to the emergent church through this book. The different styles of the book made it rather entertaining. Definitely a good book for those who wanting to try to understand the emergent church.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 31, 2010
    Michael Bowler
    The emergent church in general gets both Christian theology and history wrong, making up their own personal "God narratives" as they go.This book answers the questions posed by the emergent/emerging movement with sound scriptural reasoning.If your church High School or College group shows Rob Bell videos, turn them off and study this book instead. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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    August 3, 2009
    Sally
    I heard the authors interviewed on the radio and decided to buy their book. I am glad I did. They provided thought-provoking analysis from Biblical, church history and logical standpoints but in a very readable, accessible manner. Some of the footnotes are even humorous.
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