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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." ...


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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.
^Foreword                                                                                                               ^9

     Introduction: Still Submergent after All These Years ^(Kevin)                                   ^13
                         ^Maybe--the New Yes (Ted)                                                              ^25

1. Journey: Are the Pilgrims Still Making Progress? (Kevin)                                         ^31

2. Rebel Without a Cause: What Is Worth Submitting to? ^(Ted)                                   ^55

3. Bible: Why I Love the Person and Propositions of Jesus ^(Kevin)                              ^69

4. Thank You for Smoking: On Dialogue, Futurism, and ^Hell (Ted)                              89

5. ^Doctrine: The Drama Is in the Dogma (Kevin)                                                        ^105

6. A Funeral for a Friend: On Churches, Story, and                                                    ^133
    Propositional Language (Ted)

7. ^Modernism: The Boogeyman Cometh (Kevin)                                                        ^147

8. Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Dialoguing for the ^Sake                              ^171
     of Dialogue (Ted)

9. Jesus: ^Bringer of Peace, Bearer of Wrath (Kevin)                                                    183

10. ^Real Topeka People: In Search of Community (Ted)                                             ^209

11. Why I Don't Want a Cool Pastor (Ted)                                                                 ^225

     Epilogue: Listening to All the Churches of Revelation ^(Kevin)                                  ^239

     Acknowledgments                                                                                                 ^254
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. ^Why We're Not Emergent gives you the solid reasons why it would be better if you ^weren't. 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.

"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.


Here's the truth-there is truth.


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 asking good questions and dialoguing about good things: community, caring ^for the poor, loving Jesus. Co-authors Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck care about these ^same issues. They 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. Many do not.

Why ^We're Not Emergent gives both a theological and an on-the-street perspective ^that helps you examine the emerging church for yourself. 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.



KEVIN DEYOUNG is Senior Pastor of University Reformed Church in ^East Lansing, Michigan, across the street from Michigan State University. A graduate ^of Hope College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, he serves on the executive ^team of RCA Integrity, a renewal group within the Reformed Church of America. DeYoung ^is the author of Just Do Something and Freedom and Boundaries, as ^well as Why We're Not Emergent and Why We Love the Church with co-authorTed ^Kluck. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have four children.

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.


This book is a pleasure to read, not least because it pricks so ^many pretensions. While it deals with an important subject, it manages to sustain ^a breezy style that draws you in. The subtitle tells you the stance of the authors: ^the emerging church movement, which taught an entire generation to rebel, is now ^old enough to find growing numbers of people learning to rebel against the rebellion.
-D. ^A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Why We're Not Emergent crashes ^into the emerging conversation in a voice which hears "them" and talks back!  ^This is a book we've been waiting for. With careful observation, faithful handling ^of Scripture, and an eye for the ironic and absurd, DeYoung and Kluck have given ^us a feel for what attracts some to emerging churches and thoughts about why that's ^sometimes a very bad thing.  Buy and read this book.  You'll enjoy it.  ^And it could help you and the people you'll tell about it.
-Mark Dever, ^Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC

Fifteen years ago ^in No Place for Truth, David Wells reminded us all that in our time, those ^who seem most relevant are in fact most irrelevant, and those who seem most irrelevant ^are in fact most relevant.  That, as Gandalf would say, "is a very encouraging ^thought."  Indeed, as I encounter what has been called the "young, Reformed ^awakening," for every young Christian who is convinced that in order to engage the ^culture the church must embrace the emergent paradigm of truth and church, there ^are nineteen who understand (because they really care about what the Bible says) ^that faithfulness is relevance.  DeYoung and Kluck tell you why.
-Ligon ^Duncan, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi

Two ^thoughtful young guys with different styles, Kevin DeYoung (the pastor-theologian) ^and Ted Kluck (the journalist), have teamed up to write Why We're Not Emergent.  ^The result is a fair-minded, biblically grounded, insightful book.  ^It's clear that DeYoung and Kluck are not motivated by the desire to criticize, ^but rather by their love of the church as the body of Christ.  This is now ^the first book I'd give someone who asks the question, "What is the emerging church?" ^Highly recommended!
-Justin Taylor, Project Director, ESV Study Bible; blogger ^(Between Two Worlds)



-Publisher


"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.

-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 330800
  • Product Code 9780802479839
  • ISBN 0802479839
  • EAN 9780802479839
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Moody Publishers
  • Publication Date Sep 2008
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No
  • Size 2.61 MB (EPUB)

Kevin Deyoung

Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, across the street from Michigan State University. A graduate of Hope College and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, he serves on the executive team of RCA Integrity, a renewal group within the Reformed Church of America. DeYoung is coauthor of Why We're Not Emergent and Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion. He has also written Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will.

Ted Kluck

Ted Kluck's work has appaered in ESPN the Magazine, Sports Spectrum Magazine, ESPN.com Page2, and several small literary journals. A bi-monthly column for Sports Spectrum Magazine entitled "Pro and Con" won the Evangelical Presss Association award for best standing column in 2003. Additionally, Ted has written two WGA registered screenplays and an award-winning (Damah Film Festival, Sabaoth Film Festival) short film. Ted lives in Lansing, Michigan with his wife Kristen, and son, Tristan.
He has co-authored Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion and Why We're Not Emergent: (By Two Guys Who Should Be) with Kevin DeYoung

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