Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Remembering the answers

Kevin DeYoung's newest book will be published next month he reminds us this morning. It is The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism. The "16th Century catechism" is the Heidelberg Catechism and, although Baptists these days tend to not be big on catechisms [and Baptists , of course, know that this catechism is wrong on at least one aspect of at least one important doctrine], this is a book which I know from his earlier efforts will be profitable and a good read. I have already ordered it. From the book as quoted at DeYoung's blog:
.... Why is it that denominations and church movements almost always drift from their theological moorings? Why is it that people who grow up in the church are often less articulate about their faith than the new Christian who converted at forty-five? Why is it that those who grow up with creeds and confessions are usually the ones who hate them most?

Perhaps it’s because truth is like the tip of your nose—it’s hardest to see when it’s right in front of you.

No doubt, the church in the West has many new things to learn. But for the most part, everything we need to learn is what we’ve already forgotten. The chief theological task now facing the Western church is not to reinvent or to be relevant, but to remember. We must remember the old, old story. We must remember the faith once delivered to the saints. We must remember the truths that spark reformation, revival, and regeneration. .... [more]
The Good News We Almost Forgot – Kevin DeYoung