January Books – Book, actually

This will be a very short list, as I only completed reading one book in January.  Not only was January a light month for posting, it was a light month for reading (I wonder if those are related or simply indicative of what is going on in my life currently)

  • Why We’re Not Emergent by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck:  This book made a lot of Best of 2008 and did not disappoint – I will not be surprised if this ends up being one of my favorite books that I read during 2009 at the end of the year.  This book is assessment and critique of the emerging/emergent church movement that has gained some momentum within Christian church, but I believe the authors do so in a humble and winsome way.  They trade chapters with DeYoung tackling the more in depth theological discussion, with Kluck writing from a more experiential/relational point of view (often quite humorously).  While there may much to commend within the emerging church, there is also much to be wary of with regard to historic, orthodox Christianity.  This isn’t just an old vs. new, traditional vs. contemporary, etc… discussion of practices, but a conversation (to use a favorite term on the emerging church) about fidelity to the Word of God and the teaching within.  This book is extremely valuable, regardless of one’s personal experience (or not) with the emerging church.

One response to this post.

  1. […] one, with great original thinking and reflection.  I read the first book that DeYoung authored and loved it – hopefully I can pick this one up sometime […]


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