Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion

by Kevin DeYoung

Other authorsTed Kluck (Author)
Paperback, 2009



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Moody Publishers (2009), Edition: New, 240 pages


This book presents the case for loving the local church. It 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 also 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. Why We Love the Church is written for four kinds of people--the Committed, the Disgruntled, the Waffling, and the Disconnected. 

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LibraryThing member nathanshaver
In a day when so many of my brothers are looking for a better expression of "church" and when the authors encouraging such adventure is so plenty, I stand and rejoice that Christ has raised up two voices to counter the call to be revolutionary. DeYoung and Kluck call us to be plodding visionaries,
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who check in and follow through. Great Book, a little hard on the other voices (Barna, Viola, etc.) but they might just need to be!
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LibraryThing member LudieGrace
I admit that this was a "preaching to the choir" book for me, as I was very sympathetic to the authors' point of view. It wasn't always that way, though, and part of me wishes I could have read this years ago when I held myself aloof from the church (especially around 2000-2004). I wonder to what
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degree it would have resonated with me back then.

I do think the target audience is evangelicals and emergent-type Christians who have tried to do something along the lines of "churchless Christianity," and I think DeYoung and Kluck do a good job of demonstrating how that is ultimately nonsensical. I would have liked to hear more about how the sacraments and the teaching office of the church fit into all that; I am sure DeYoung in particular has good thoughts on that, but I can see how it might not have fit within the purview of what they wanted to do here.

On the whole, though it isn't a perfect book, it is definitely a good and important book, one I would not hesitate to recommend to others who are/have been where I have been.
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9 inches


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