Why We're Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be)
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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
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802458343
ISBN-13: 9780802458346

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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, like caring for the poor, peace for all men, and 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 here’s why—they do life founded upon orthodox beliefs about God, propositional truths about Jesus, and the authority of Scripture.

In Why We're Not Emergent, Kevin and Ted diagnose the emerging church from both a theological and an on-the-street perspective. They pull apart interviews, articles, books, and blogs, helping you see for yourself what it's all about.

Provocative yet playful, this book seeks to show you why being emergent isn’t the only, or even the best, way to be passionate about Jesus Christ.

Author Bio

KEVIN DEYOUNG is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. He serves as a council member at The Gospel Coalition and blogs on TGC's DeYoung, Restless and Reformed. Kevin is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte) and a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. He has authored several books, including Just Do Something, The Hole in Our Holiness, Crazy Busy, Taking God at His Word, and The Biggest Story. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children: Ian, Jacob, Elizabeth, Paul, Mary, Benjamin, and Tabitha.

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.


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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