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Why We Love the Church

Why We Love the Church
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Why We Love the Church

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Authors Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck present the case for loving the local church. Their newest book paints a picture of the local church in all its biblical and real life guts, gaffes, and glory in an effort to edify local congregations and entice the disaffected back to the fold. It provides a solid biblical mandate to love and be part of the body of Christ and counteract the "leave church" books that trumpet rebellion and individual felt needs.

- Publisher Ted Kluck'swork has appeared inESPN the Magazine,Sports SpectrumMagazine,ESPN.com Page2, and several small literary journals. A bi-monthly column forSports SpectrumMagazine entitled "Pro and Con" won the Evangelical Press 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 co-authored Why We're Not Emergent with Kevin DeYoung. He lives in Lansing, Michigan with his wife Kristen, and son, Tristan. 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 in the author ofFreedom and Boundariesand co-author ofWhy We're Not Emergentwith Ted Kluck. He and his wife, Trisha, have three children.

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About "Why We Love the Church"

Authors Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck present the case for loving the local church. Their newest book paints a picture of the local church in all its biblical and real life guts, gaffes, and glory in an effort to edify local congregations and entice the disaffected back to the fold. It provides a solid biblical mandate to love and be part of the body of Christ and counteract the "leave church" books that trumpet rebellion and individual felt needs.
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Ted Kluck'swork has appeared inESPN the Magazine,Sports SpectrumMagazine,ESPN.com Page2, and several small literary journals. A bi-monthly column forSports SpectrumMagazine entitled "Pro and Con" won the Evangelical Press 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 co-authored Why We're Not Emergent with Kevin DeYoung. He lives in Lansing, Michigan with his wife Kristen, and son, Tristan. 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 in the author ofFreedom and Boundariesand co-author ofWhy We're Not Emergentwith Ted Kluck. He and his wife, Trisha, have three children.
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Meet the Authors

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

Table Of Contents

  • introduction - Open Basements, Bad Marriages, And Decorpulation (kevin)
    introduction - Styles Make Fights (ted)

    1. the Missiological - Jesus Amonth The Chicken Littles
    2. Turn The Page:  On Getting Off The Road And Getting Back To Church
    3. the Personal - Hurt And Heresy
    4. appetite For Deconstruction:  Or Why The Church Is....
    5. the Historical - One Holy Catholic Church
    6. brief Interviews With Extraordinary Men
    7. the Theological - The Church Of Diminishing Definition
    8. the Year Of Jubilee

    dear Tristan, A Letter To My Five Year Old Son...

    epilogue - Toward A Theology Of Plodding Visionaries

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Missed the mark
1 stars By John Giles, Jun 26 2010
For a book on "church", the authors have sadly used the term in a confusing and inconsistent way. For much of the book they assume that the local church and the body of Christ (the universal Church) are one and the same thing. They use arguments relating to the body of Christ, to defend the local church institution. When they do eventually get to tackling the two meanings, their arguments are flawed. 
To help you understand my concern, let us assume that some Christians (members of the Body of Christ i.e. the Church with a capital "C") are imprisoned and kept in solitary confinement for their faith. An extreme "hypothetical", but it does happen. These authors argue that those who don't attend  "... the formal gathering of God's people for worship" are not meeting together as they believe we must. Their summary? "... you can't stop going to church and still be the church." Their logic, taken to extreme, suggests that imprisoned Christians are no longer members of the body of Christ.
If you want to read a book defending institutionalised, organised religion (their words - see the front cover), then you may enjoy the book. 
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Fruit in Season of Drought
4 stars By Mark Tapping, Jun 04 2010
While so many 'journeying' books are coming out sapping people of all faith and hope in the local church, here comes one that while brutally honest - it does the opposite. It's not going to be a classic, but its timing is perfect. To every christian who wants to leave 'church' (system as they usually say) I ask to please give this little book a read, and then give me a coffee to discuss. I have yet to find someone who isn't reminded that though she has faults, she is God's... and we should never give up on the local church. The first two chapters are really slow and hard to not yawn through, but by 3/4 you'll be rubbing the sleep out of your eyes, feeling your heart warm again, and you might even feel the 'system mentality' towards the church dissolving away. The problem you'll have is what to do with all the friends you have made who have already given up on the local church, joined surf clubs, and seem to be having the time of their lives loving Jesus outside the local church... but you're not alone.
Enjoy the read - it's brutally honest and upright.
Theology 3 out of 5 (at times some loose ends are left loose for the sake of keeping the brutal honesty of 'feelings')
Honesty 5 out of 5
Ability to Respond 4 out of 5 (you have to do something with what you read)
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  • Catalogue Code 292556
  • Product Code 9780802458377
  • ISBN 0802458378
  • EAN 9780802458377
  • Pages 240
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Moody Publishers
  • Publication Date Jul 2009
  • Sales Rank #56212
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.399kg

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