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Recent cultural interest in evangelicalism has led to considerable confusion about what the term actually means. Many young Christians are tempted to discard the label altogether. But evangelicalism is not merely a political movement in decline or a sociological phenomenon on the rise, as it has sometimes been portrayed. It is, in fact, a helpful theological profile that manifests itself in beliefs, ethics, and church life.

DeYoung and other key twenty- and thirty-something evangelical Christian leaders present Don't Call It a Comeback: The Same Evangelical Faith for a New Day to assert the stability, relevance, and necessity of Christian orthodoxy today. This book introduces young, new, and under-discipled Christians to the most essential and basic issues of faith in general and of evangelicalism in particular.

Kevin DeYoung and contributors like Russell Moore, Tullian Tchividjian, Darrin Patrick, Justin Taylor, Thabiti Anyabwile, and Tim Challies examine what evangelical Christianity is and does within the broad categories of history, theology, and practice. They demonstrate that evangelicalism is still biblically and historically rooted and remains the same framework for faith that we need today.

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Number of Pages: 224
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Publication Date: 2011
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ISBN: 1433521695
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Unites some of today’s most promising young evangelicals in a bold assertion of the stability, relevance, and necessity of Christian orthodoxy, and reasserts the theological nature of evangelicalism.

Author Bio

Kevin DeYoung (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. He serves as a council member at the Gospel Coalition and blogs at DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed. He is assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte) and a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. He is the author of several books, including Just Do Something; Crazy Busy; and The Biggest Story. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children.

D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is a cofounder of the Gospel Coalition and has written or edited nearly 120 books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.

Russell Moore (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the eighth president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation's largest Protestant denomination. A widely-sought commentator, Dr. Moore has been called "vigorous, cheerful, and fiercely articulate" by the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including Onward, The Kingdom of ChristAdopted for Life, and Tempted and Tried, and he blogs regularly at and tweets at @drmoore. He and his wife, Maria, have five sons.

Tim Challies (BA, McMaster University) is a self-employed web designer and a pioneer in the Christian blogosphere, having one of the most widely read and recognized Christian blogs, He is also the editor of, a site dedicated to offering thoughtful reviews of books that are of interest to Christians. Tim lives in Oakville, Ontario, with his wife, Aileen, and their three children.

Justin Taylor (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the executive vice president of book publishing and book publisher at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books, including A God-Entranced Vision of All Things and Reclaiming the Center, and he blogs at Between Two Worlds—hosted by the Gospel Coalition.

Collin Hansen (MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) serves as the editorial director for the Gospel Coalition. He previously worked as an associate editor for Christianity Today magazine and coedits the Cultural Renewal series with Tim Keller. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School. You can follow him on Twitter at @collinhansen.

Jonathan Leeman (PhD, University of Wales) is the editorial director for 9Marks. He has written for a number of publications and is the author or editor of several books. He is also an occasional lecturer at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and adjunct professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jonathan lives with his wife and four daughters in a suburb of Washington, DC.

Greg Gilbert (MDiv, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of What Is the Gospel?, James: A 12-Week Study, and Who Is Jesus?, and is the co-author (with Kevin DeYoung) of What Is the Mission of the Church?.

Owen Strachan (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate professor of Christian theology and director of the Theological and Cultural Engagement at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

Thabiti M. Anyabwile (MS, North Carolina State University) serves as a pastor at Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC, and is the author of numerous books. He serves as a council member of the Gospel Coalition, is a lead writer for 9Marks Ministries, and regularly blogs at The Front Porch and Pure Church. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children.

Denny Burk (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical studies at Boyce College, the undergraduate arm of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as associate pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Burk edits The Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood and speaks and writes extensively about gender and sexuality. He keeps a popular blog at

James L. Harvey III (DMin, Erskine Seminary) serves as the senior pastor of Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Newark. He previously served as a campus minister at Princeton University. 

David Mathis serves as the executive editor at, pastor at Cities Church, and adjunct professor at Bethlehem College & Seminary. He writes regularly at, and he and his wife, Megan, have four children.

Andrew David Naselli (PhD, Bob Jones University; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate professor of New Testament and theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota and an elder of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Eric C. Redmond (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, and associate pastor of adult ministries at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois. He previously served on the council of the Gospel Coalition and as the senior pastor of Reformation Alive Baptist Church in Temple Hills, Maryland. Eric lives in Brookfield, Illinois, with his wife, Pamela, and their five children.


I absolutely love this book! First, each chapter solidly tackles a critical component of our Evangelical faith and practice. Second, the authors demonstrate not only a strong grasp of God’s Word, but also of the perspective of church history, which is sadly lacking in most contemporary books. Third, these guys write tight, making every sentence count, so even though it packed with truth, the book is a quick read. I am so proud of these brilliant, godly men.
-Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Church

It brings this aging man great joy to see a rising generation address contemporary questions with theologically informed answers. These are the right guys, on the right topics, at the right time.
-C. J. Mahaney, Sovereign Grace Ministries

Sometimes I wonder how I could have spent my entire life in the church, safely ensconced in the evangelical subculture, and yet have such a difficult time articulating the essence of significant biblical concepts and convictions that I claim to have built my life upon. And I don’t think I’m alone. Don’t Call It a Comeback is more than just a primer for the young and uninitiated; it is essential reading for all who want to make sure they are clear and convinced on the things that matter most.
-Nancy Guthrie, Bible Teacher; author, The One Year Book of Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament

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  1. Dave Jenkins
    Caldwell, Idaho
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Timely, Biblical and Christ-Centered
    June 1, 2011
    Dave Jenkins
    Caldwell, Idaho
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Don't Call it a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New Day is edited by Kevin DeYoung with contributions from Tim Challies, Ted Kluck, Russell Moore, Darrin Patrick, Justin Taylor and many more. Kevin DeYoung opens the book by stating the book's purpose, which is to introduce young Christians, new Christians, and underdiscipled Christians to the most important articles of our faith and what it looks like to live out this faith in real life.

    The book is divided into three parts. Part one of the book is titled Evangelical History: Looking Forward and Looking Back. The contributors to this section of the book are Kevin DeYoung and Collin Hansen. This part of the book is very helpful especially for those who haven't studied the history of evangelicalism. In typical fashion, Kevin DeYoung gives careful attention to the issues of reaching the next generation. In typical through fashion Collin Hansen gives the history of evangelicalism.

    Part two of the book is titled: Evangelical Theology: Thinking, Feeling, and Believing the Truths that Matter the Most. The contributors to this section are Jonathan Leeman, Andy Naselli, Greg Gilbert, Ben Peays, Jay Harvey, Owen Strachan, Russell Moore, and Tim Challies. This section of the book sets the foundation for what an evangelical ought to believe about God, Scripture, the Gospel, the New Birth, Justification, Sanctification, the Kingdom of God, and the exclusivity of Christ.

    The final part of the book is titled: Evangelical Practice: Learning to Live Life God's Way. The contributors in this part are Ted Kluck, Darrin Patrick, Eric Redmond and Kevin DeYoung, Justin Taylor, Denny Burk, Thabitti Anabwile, Tullian Tchividjian, and David Mathis.

    This book aims to introduce young Christians, new Christians and underdiscipled Christians to the most important articles of our faith and what it looks like to live out this faith in real life. In recent years there has been a trend among many Christians to devalue doctrine in favor of just "living" the Christian life. The other trend that many Christians have fallen for is emphasizing doctrine over implementing one's doctrine into one's life. What, I appreciate the most about this book is its intentional awesomeness. This book is awesome, because it doesn't assume the reader understands anything about evangelicalism. Rather this book offers a brief history of evangelicalism, its doctrines and its practice. This book will not only help the young, new Christian or even the underdiscipled believer, but also the Pastor and scholar.

    Don't Call It a Comeback: An Old Faith for a New Day is an excellent book. Having set the historical and theological context for evangelicalism firmly in the Word of God the authors protrude out to deal with social issues such as vocation, social justice, homosexuality, abortion, and gender confusion. Whether the authors are discussing theological or practical issues- they never assume the Gospel or the Word of God, but instead keep the readers' attention on Jesus, and His Word.

    The part that I appreciate the most about this book is how it sets the historical context and then expands to build the case for a truly evangelical faith, and concludes by looking at how the historical faith of evangelicalism can be applied to today's theological and social issues.

    Don't Call it a Comeback: An Old Faith for a New Day is a book that can be devoured as a devotional, or used to help one think through theological and social issues from a Christian worldview. For whatever purpose, and reason you read "Don't Call it a Comeback" this book should be read slowly, thoughtfully and with discernment.

    I recommend that you read this book, as it is a true feast in a world that devalues truth, and mocks biblical Christianity. By reading this book- you will begin your journey in understanding that the Christian faith is a faith thoroughly grounded in the Word and Work of Jesus Christ. Pick up this book, but only do so, if you are prepared to be humbled and stretched in your understanding of Jesus, church history, the mission of the Church, and your role in the Great Commission.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Crossway book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
    Raleigh, NC
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Time to awaken the next generation
    April 16, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I recently read a new book published by Crossway called Don't call it a Comeback: The Old Fatih for a New Day, edited by Kevin DeYoung. I found this to be a very captivating read; what intrigued me initially was the format. Eighteen different contributors each take a chapter to press in on key theological and cultural issues that Evangelicals face in this new generation. In all sinceraty before reading this book I had not heard of at least half of these writers. The book is divided into three portions. Chapters 1 and 2 address the history of the Evangelical movement; looking at what events in history got us to this present time and where we are headed. Chapters 3 - 10 focus on Evangelical Theology; what truths are non-negotiable and must ring clear as a bell. Finally, chapters 11 - 18 look at practical applications as we live out our lives and engage the culture as Evangelicals. At the conclusion of each chapter additional resources are recommended for supplementary reading. This book is important in many ways; namely God is raising up the next generation to take up our crosses and follow after Jesus. The irony we find is that we are in a different world then our Evangelical forefathers; ours, as Tim Challies points out is a pluralistic culture of many faiths, however at the core the issues are all the same - sinners are alienated from God and need to be reconciled thru faith in Jesus Christ. We bring the only truth that is available in a world where the vast majority of people we encounter drink down iniquity as if it was water. The exciting thing remains though that God's Word will not return onto him void, but will accomplish that which He purposes.

    I received an advanced copy of this book for my review, from Crossway.
  3. Annette
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 4, 2011
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The media has set out on a mission of badgering, provoking, and distorting evangelism. It does not help that their are people in the church that protest soldiers funerals and burn other religions holy books. I feel these people feed fuel to a fire that was already burning. The media did not need any help and certainly Satan did not need any.

    It was such a breathe of fresh air to read a book that is a compilation of various Christian pastors and authors that each give a chapter on, "what it means to be apart of evangelicalism." Each of these authors (total of 19) wrote chapters with themes such as:

    The Secret to Reaching the Next Generation,

    New Birth: "You Must Be Born Again",

    Justification: Why the Lord Our Righteousness Is Better,

    Gender Confusion and a Gospel-Shaped Counterculture,

    and Worship: It's a Big Deal.

    Each of these authors brought their own personalities, writing styles, and mission focus.

    In the introduction by Kevin DeYoung he stated this book was for "new Christians and undisciplined Christians". This book was also to reaffirm to all Christians what we've been taught but maybe have forgotten or has become cloudy.

    I enjoyed reading the chapter on evangelical history, there was much I did not know.

    The chapter written by Greg Gilbert, The Gospel God's Self Substitution for Sinners was powerful. His details about the crucifixion (stauros in Greek) brought me to my knees before the Lord because of this statement,

    "The death of Jesus is-and must be-the heart of the Gospel because the good news is precisely that Jesus saves sinners from their sin. Whatever else the Gospel promises, at the very beginning of it all is a sinner's sin forgiven. I'm convinced that part of the reason many evangelicals have begun to lose their grasp on the cross is that we have lost sight of why we need to be saved. We've forgotten, and even in some cases deliberately disregarded, what sin is and how profound is its offense to God." page 73-74.

    The title and the cover of the book is creative and enticing. For someone that is turned off usually by Christian non-fiction this would be an approachable book for them.

    This is an awesome read for a book discussion group!

    One of the statements in the book that stood out to me the most was in the chapter about homosexuality--

    in that our attitude should be in humility. Why? Because we too are in need of God's grace.

    Thank you to Crossway for my free review copy.

    Blissful Reading!

  4. Unashamed Gospel
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Gospel in Life
    March 5, 2011
    Unashamed Gospel
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Don't Call It a Comeback is a collection of well written essays from Kevin DeYoung, Tim Challies, Collin Hansen, Darrin Patrick, Ben Peays, Tullian Tchividjian and many more. The book aims to answer the question, what are the most important articles of the Christian faith and what does it look like to live that faith out in real life? Don't Call It a Comback's three part layout is helpful and encourages the growth of the reader by connecting heartfelt knowledge with heartfelt action. The first part looks at evangelicalism as a whole, the second part gives clarity to proper theology, and the third part describes how we are to live in light of what we believe. With each essay, the reader comes to a greater understanding of what topics are foundational to the gospel and practically describes what it means to live out the truth of Jesus Christ.

    The first section of the book Don't Call It a Comeback begins with a call to all Christians to impact the world by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. The book implores the reader to put aside what they understand as evangelicalism, and to take hold of the understanding that the way we reach the world is by walking with God and walking with people. It is only through honest transparency that people see your true passion for Jesus and want to see more of how your faith actually matters. Christian ought to amaze people with God and tell the world who He is, what He has done, and how He still is at work in this world. Kevin DeYoung calls Christians to, "Give [people] a God who is holy, independent, and unlike us, a God who is good, just, full of wrath, and full of mercy, Give them a God who is sovereign, powerful, tender, and true...Give them a God who works all things after the counsel of his will and for the glory of His name. Give them a God whose love is lavish and free. Give them a God worthy of wonder and fear, a God big enough for all our faith, hope, and love." (page 29-30) This section of the book concludes that this is how you reach the next generation for Jesus. When Christians are authentic and honest in who they know God to be and want to tell the world about Him, then the hearers of that message will compel them to Him.

    The second section of Don't Call It a Comeback gives us biblical truth to press upon in order that Christians may be impressed with God. It is an overview of theological truths that are foundational to the gospel. This was my favorite section of the book. I was immediately drawn to Chapter 5, The Gospel: God's Self-Substitution for Sinners as well as Chapter 7, Justification, Why the Lord Our Righteousness is Better News than the Lord Our Example. Both of these chapters describe the core of the gospel and articulate in plain terms how the good news of Jesus Christ transforms those who believe by faith."The death of Jesus is and must be the heart of the gospel because the good news is precisely that Jesus saves sinners from their sin." (Page 73) Understanding this truth is to know personal sin as a transgression of the law of God and to reject God altogether. The good news is that Jesus died in the place of sinful people in order that we might be reconciled back to God. The way we are made right is through Justification. "God declares us righteous because we have a personal relationship with Jesus. To put it more theologically, we are united to Christ by faith. He knows us, loves us, and shares with us everything that we need for abundant life, including his own life. Christ is our wisdom righteousness and sanctification and redemption" (Page 96) This is not a work that we can do but only the work of God. Justification matters because our relationship with God is made right through the cross of Jesus Christ. Other topics in this section included essays describing who God is; how the Bible is different from any other book; what is the meaning of the terms new birth, understanding sanctification; what is heaven; and who is Jesus Christ. Each one is filled with theological truths that are foundational to what Christians believe.

    The third section of Don't Call It a Comeback shows how the biblical truths from section two are lived out in real life. Each essay in this section talked about real issues that people face every day like issues of vocation, social justice, homosexuality, abortion, and gender roles. I found the first essay on Vocation to be extremely helpful. Christians put a tremendous amount of weight on trying to understand "God's Call" on his/her life. Though sometimes there is a call, for most finding one's vocation is understanding that "there are things we like doing, there are things we have some degree of aptitude and talent at doing, and there are the not-small consideration that we need to provide for our families. And somewhere in the middle of all of that we end up finding our jobs and hopefully make a living." (Page 148) The essay goes on to give real examples of people who are working in non ministry vocations and find that their relationship with God has more to do with character than the actual work they do. The goal is to have your identity not be about what you do but about who you know in your relationship with Jesus Christ. The book concludes with a deep knowledge of what does it mean to worship and understanding what Worship and Missions are. Worship is all about being "impressed by God and His mighty acts of salvation. We come to sing of who He is and what He's done. We come to hear His voice resounding in and through His Word. We come to feel the grief of our sin so that we can taste the glory of His salvation. We gather to be magnificently defeated, flattened, and shrunk by the power and might of the living God." (Page 217) Missions is all about the "worldwide fame of Jesus in the praises of his diverse peoples from every tribe, tongue and nation." (Page 225) These last two essays compliment each other to fuel the reader to move forward from the book and into real life, and it gives the reader excitement to go worship God more freely and tell the world about Jesus.

    Don't Call It a Comeback gives Christians from all walks the most important articles of faith and what it looks like to live out that faith in real life. I was really impressed with how well the authors connected what they believed with action. I would recommend this book to Christians who struggle with understanding theology or have a hard time articulating what they believe. This book is also very practical in engaging the reader with how to live out the gospel in our culture. I found Don't Call It a Comeback to be a book founded and focused on the gospel. I can say that this book has helped me be sure of what I believe and I am now able to be a better instrument to tell others about Jesus. I recommend this book to others and would strongly urge people to read Don't Call It a Comeback.
  5. kCoz
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent overview
    March 2, 2011
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Have you ever stumbled when someone asked you to define what "The Gospel" really means? Have you ever wondered what the difference is between sanctification and justification? Or why evangelicals seems to get stuck on some topics (like homosexuality) and virtually ignore others (like global warming)?

    If you answered yes to any of those questions, this is the book for you. Kevin DeYoung put together a stellar cast of writers to tackle the topics that make evangelical faith different from other brands of faith. What's really cool is that the first part of the book builds the theological and doctrinal foundation, and the second half of the book tells you what to do with that knowledge - in essence, it sends you out to be an evangelist in word and deed.

    Greg Gilbert's chapter on The Gospel is alone worth the cost of the book. Chapters on sanctification, the scriptures, and worship are pretty awesome too. And what else would you expect from a book made of a handful of today's thought leaders?

    I really wanted to love this book. The author is one of my old pals from seminary, and it's packed full of influential folks like Tim Challies, Russel Moore, and Tullian Tchividjian (I know, I can't pronounce that one either). It's supposed to be a basic overview of the evangelical faith useful for new believers, undiscipled believers, and young believers to the basic tenets of the evangelical faith.

    And yet the intro and the first chapter left me confused. Written for pastors, they didn't seem to gel with the goal of the book. and the next chapter after that goes into a overview of the history of evangelicalism. Not really your hook and sinker chapters to grab readers' attention. But once I got past those (and it took me a while, since they weren't really 'page turners') I found that the remainder of the book didn't disappoint. I highly recommend it.
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