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Overview Two young Christians offer both a theological and an on-the-street perspective to diagnose the emerging church, pulling apart interviews, articles, books, and blogs to uncover what it is all about. Original.
Publishers Description 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.
Awards and Recognitions Why We're Not Emergent: (By Two Guys Who Should Be) by Kevin L. DeYoung & Ted A. Kluck has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christianity Today Book Award - 2009 Winner - Church/Pastoral Leaders category
Citations And Professional Reviews Why We're Not Emergent: (By Two Guys Who Should Be) by Kevin L. DeYoung & Ted A. Kluck has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christianity Today - 10/01/2009 page 64
CBA Retailers - 04/01/2008 page 46
Christian Retailing - 04/21/2008 page 23
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More About Kevin L. DeYoung & Ted A. Kluck
KEVIN DEYOUNG is the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church (PCA) 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. Kevin is Chancellor's Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary 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.
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Would have been 5 stars if not for Kluck May 21, 2010
Most of this book is a thoughtful, well-composed response to some of the troubling aspects of the emergent church, along with numerous positive reasons for Christians to be involved with more Orthodox churches. Ted Kluck's chapters are pretty terrible - they are, oddly enough, a postmodern string of ideas and observations presented with no unifying thread or narrative structure or real theological insight. Kevin DeYoung, however, is fantastic. I think he casts his net too wide in labeling specific individuals as part of the emergent movement (when at least a few of his subjects classify themselves as emerging but not emergent - I'm thinking of Donald Miller, probably Erwin McManus), but the potential harm from that is minimized when DeYoung faithfully takes his issue not with the speakers but with what they say. His chapters are filled with direct quotes from blogs, books, and speaking engagements, and when he presents a viewpoint that he finds unsettling (like a refusal to answer questions about homosexuality, an embrace of doubt that demeans God's desire and ability to communicate with us, or a denial of Scripture's authority), he consistently suggests a preferable alternative, either directly from Scripture or through reasoning based on Scripture. Although Kluck's chapters are maddeningly incompetent, DeYoung's chapters allow me to recommend this book for people (especially young people) interested in the emerging/emergent church movements (including members of parachurch organizations and fans of popular figures like Rob Bell, who may not know their interests align more with emergent values than orthodoxy).
A Reformed critique of the "emergent church" movement Mar 27, 2010
The authors examine the "emergent church" and find it wanting. They focus on what emergent leaders have said, and declare their own positions on those issues. They find a number of things that sound good, but which in their opinion do not measure up as Biblical Christianity.
I found the style just a little bit disjointed, and the lack of an index is unfortunate. However, I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to compare the emergent movement with historical Christianity, especially in the light of Reformed thinking.
gives you a critique of emergent authors Feb 16, 2010
This book is a quick read and enjoyable, but after I read it I didn't remember too much about it. It points out the errors of some emergent ministries. Nothing earth shattering, but maybe because I was already familiar with a lot of the authors they mentioned. If you don't know anything about the emergent movement this would be a good primer.
A theological look at Emergent and Emerging Jan 11, 2010
One of the benefits in reading this book was the authors took the time to quote large portions of the movement's leaders such as (Rob Bell, Dan Kimball, Tony Jones, Spencer Burke, Brian McLaren, and several others) and their writings to fully explain what emergent/emerging is, in this way, it gives the reader a more balanced and fair look at the movement being critiqued by Deyoung and Kluck.
In laying out the problems theologically, Deyoung and Kluck make 3 excellent observations in Chapter 1 - Is God Knowable?,: 1) the authors state that Emergents question whether we can have any real, accurate knowledge about God to begin with. They write emergent leaders are allowing the immensity of God to swallow up His knowability, and say; "The first problem with the emergent view of journey is that it undermines the knowability of God. (p.35). 2). "With the emergent view of journey is that it suffers from a confusion of categories," and also makes the well observed point, that "Emerging leaders equate uncertainty with humility. (excellent refutation by the authors is made on this emergent/emerging position). (p.39). 3)."The third problem with the emergent view of journey is that it establishes doubt as the essence of faith." (p.49). Both emerging and emergent seem to have a lack of confidence in the Scripture.
Our foundation as protestants since the reformation has always been on the Bible being foundational, from which is built upon first Christ (1 Cor. 3:11, and the apostles and prophets writings from the Bible, the non-repeatable foundation of the apostles and prophets that have been preserved for all times in Scripture. (the Bible) is the foundation for truth for the church. (p.82). This is what every Christian should, and what devoted followers of Christ do stand firm on.
The authors do an indepth observation at who and what the emergent and emerging leaders ae writing on blogs,and putting in print,in order to understand the movement. (pg.23) They have identified who the main emergent leaders are, and those who's voices are highlighted as bringing forth what aligns with (some) of the views in the emerging conversation. If you can get through some of the 'heavy reading' and philosophical bickering, this book could offer some key insights on what the emergent and emerging church actually is, and why there are many problems with it theologically. Keep Standing Firm on the truth revealed in Scripture.
An Eye Opener Dec 9, 2009
A teacher in the middle school Bible department where I work loaned me this book earlier in the school year. Why We're Not Emergent is a critical examination of the emerging church. Regardless of what camp you fall in, I highly recommend this easy to understand book that covers a somewhat fluid topic. I thought reading about the popular unorthodox views of the emerging church movement might make the conservative in me scream, but the writing styles of DeYoung and Kluck are a nice balance of the worlds of academia and entertainment. The crux of this book is that Christians must know the Truth. A proper understanding of what the Bible truly says is centered on the gospel - the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus is not just our buddy and a nice moral teacher; He is the the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5), the judge of the living and the dead (Acts 10:42) and our great God and Savior (Titus 2:13). It is essential that we dive deep into the Word in order to have a biblical understanding on doctrines such as salvation by faith alone, the substitutionary atonement at the cross and the sovereignty of God. Having a solid biblical worldview will us to reach out to the weary and burdened with God's love in word and deed with grace and truth.