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

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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.

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Overview


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 & the Disconnected. 

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If you've written off the church, I dare you to read this book.
-Joshua Harris, author of Stop Dating the Church

Jesus loves the church. Yes, the church is imperfect, and we have made mistakes. But if we love Jesus, then we will love what Jesus loves. This book moves us to a thrilling portrait and future of what the church that Jesus loves and builds can look like and the hope we can bring to the world.
-Dan Kimball, author of They Like Jesus But Not the Church

Well, they've done it again. The two guys who should be emergent, but aren't, have followed up their first best seller with what I hope and pray will be a second. In Why We Love the Church DeYoung and Kluck have given us a penetrating critique of church-less Christianity and a theologically rigorous, thoroughly biblical, occasionally hilarious, but equally serious defense of the centrality of the church in God's redemptive purpose. In spite of her obvious flaws, DeYoung and Kluck really do love the church, because they love the Christ whose body it is. You don't have to agree with everything they say to appreciate and profit from this superbly written and carefully constructed book. This is a great read and I recommend it with unbridled enthusiasm.
-Sam Storms, senior pastor, Bridgway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

If you're looking for reality, authenticity, and honesty, you've found it in this book. Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck, shrewd observers and faithful practitioners, have once again written a book that is like the best of foods--good tasting and good for you. Their style is easy, creative, and funny. They are theologically faithful, fresh, and insightful. They are sympathetic with many concerns and even objections to much in the church today, yet are finally defensive, in the best sense of the word. They are careful critics of the too-popular critics of the church. They are lovers of Christ and His church. I pray this book will help you love Christ's church better, too.
-Mark Dever, author of 9 Marks of a Healthy Church

Two young men, a pastor and a layman, here critique the criticisms of the institutional church that are fashionable today. Bible-centered, God-centered, and demonstrably mature, they win the argument hands down. As I read, I wanted to stand up and cheer.
-J. I . Packer, professor of theology, Regent College

If Jesus thought the church was worth dying for, it may just be worth living in. While not ignoring the sins of the church, DeYoung and Kluck remind us why church bashing is often shallow, and why the institutional church remains the most authentic place to encounter the good news of Jesus Christ.
-Mark Galli, senior managing editor, Christianity Today

An attitude of indifference to the church has become tragically common within American Christianity. As a result, many people fail to make a solid commitment to congregational life and responsibility. The New Testament is clear--to love Christ is to love the church. Kevin and Ted provide a powerful word of correction, offering compelling arguments and a vision of church life that is not only convincing, but inspirational. This book will deepen your love of the church--and for Christ.
-R. Albert Mohler, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802458377
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/24/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 765,742
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


KEVIN DEYOUNG is the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, located near Michigan State University. He serves as a council member at The Gospel Coalition and blogs on TGC's DeYoung, Restless and Reformed. He is the co-author of Why We're Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be, Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion, and What is the Mission of the Church? Making sense of social justice, Shalom and the Great Commission and the author of Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will, The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism, The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness, and Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have five children: Ian, Jacob, Elizabeth, Paul, and Mary.

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.

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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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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Very Well Written, Well Balanced, Great Research

    In this day of Church bashing and "the sky is falling" Barna-isms this was a refreshing and much needed work. Ted Kluck and Kevin DeYoung make the case that the Church is not only far from dying, but is alive and well and growing because it is Christ's Church. They do not focus on any one denomination, but on organized local Churches as a Biblical model for every age. The book debunks much of the nonsense and "polls" that Barna and others have spewed on us. It is Biblically written, and cites many references from Scripture. The book is also easy to read,funny when it needs to be - an excellent work. I highly recommend it.

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