Book Review: Why We’re Not Emergent
Over the past few months I’ve been doing a lot of reading and not that much writing. So over the next few weeks, expect quite a few book reviews to leak out on to my blog as I play catch up.
By Kevin DeYoung & Ted Kluck
To be honest, up until this past year, I had been exposed to the emergent church movement on a very limited basis. But being aware of its growing impact, I decided it was time to dig a little bit into what it is all about. This book jumped out at me at Mardel’s and I decided to give it a spin. If these guys aren’t emergent, yet should be, they probably have some pretty good reasons, right?
This book was an insightful and interesting examination of the emergent church movement. What sets Why We’re Not Emergent apart in its writing is that the chapters are divvied up between DeYoung (a pastor who brings the theological knowledge to his writing) and Kluck (one of DeYoung’s church members, a sports writer with a tongue-in-cheek approach). The other thing that impressed me was their gracious approach in their discussion. Lesser writers (and Christians) would have reverted to throwing nasty barbs out about a viewpoint they disagree with. Instead, DeYoung and Kluck approach the emergent leaders as the fellow brothers in Christ that they are, airing their concerns about the consequences that arise from their compromise of inerrant truth and solid doctrinal foundations. DeYoung’s chapters in particular do not pull their punches on the serious implications against the Lordship of Jesus that emergent thinking is leading the movement toward. On the other hand, Kluck brings a real man-in-the-pew perspective that is both honest in his concerns and ironic in his sense of humor. This book is both theologically deep and engagingly entertaining, a rare combination to find. If you are interested in diving deeper into the dangers of the emergent church movement, this is the book for you.