Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The old faith for a new day

I just ordered Don't Call It a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New Day, edited by Kevin DeYoung. It is designed, according to DeYoung's introduction: introduce young Christians, new Christians, and underdiscipled Christians to the most important articles of our faith and what it looks like to live out this faith in real life. I'll be the first to admit that we are not aiming for originality in these chapters. In fact, we hope that what we are saying has been said by many before us and will be said by many after us. But if we are not claiming any new discoveries, we are eager to communicate Christian faith and practice in a way that resonates with teenagers, college students, young adults, and any others who need to have a better grasp of what they believe and why they believe it. We are all young Christians—in our twenties and thirties when this project began—who want to see the next generation of Christians learn to think, live, and worship in ways that are heartfelt, biblical, and unapologetically theological. We want to see the next generation joyfully embrace and winsomely articulate the truths that matter most.

The second aim of the book is to reassert the theological nature of evangelicalism. In recent years the term evangelical has lost almost all its meaning. It has become a political category or a term used by sociologists for Christians affiliated with certain denominations or institutions. Evangelical has come to mean everything and nothing. But we think there is still merit to the label, provided it can be infused with theological meaning that manifests itself in some key ethical, social, and ecclesiastical stances and practices. ....
Justin Taylor provides the table of contents:
Part 1: Evangelical History: Looking Forward and Looking Back
1. The Secret to Reaching the Next Generation (Kevin DeYoung)
2. The Story of Evangelicalism from the Beginning and Before (Collin Hansen)
Part 2: Evangelical Theology: Thinking, Feeling, and Believing the Truths That Matter Most
3. God: Not Like You (Jonathan Leeman)
4. Scripture: How the Bible Is a Book Like No Other (Andy Naselli)
5. The Gospel: God’s Self-Substitution for Sinners (Greg Gilbert)
6. New Birth: “You Must Be Born Again” (Ben Peays)
7. Justification: Why the Lord Our Righteousness Is Better News Than the Lord Our Example (Jay Harvey)
8. Sanctification: Being Authentically Messed Up Is Not Enough (Owen Strachan)
9. Kingdom: Heaven after Earth, Heaven on Earth, or Something Else Entirely? (Russell Moore)
10. Jesus Christ: The Only Way and Our Only Hope (Tim Challies)
Part 3: Evangelical Practice: Learning to Live Life God’s Way
11. It’s Sometimes a Wonderful Life: Evangelicals and Vocation (Ted Kluck)
12. Social Justice: What’s God Got to Do, Got to Do with It (Darrin Patrick)
13. Homosexuality: Grace, Truth, and the Need for Gentle Courage (Eric Redmond and Kevin DeYoung)
14. Abortion: Why Silence and Inaction Are Not Options for Evangelicals (Justin Taylor)
15. Gender Confusion and a Gospel-Shaped Counterculture (Denny Burk)
16. The Local Church: Not Always Amazing, but Loved by Jesus (Thabiti Anyabwile)
17. Worship: It’s a Big Deal (Tullian Tchividjian)
18. Missions: The Worship of Jesus and the Joy of All Peoples (David Mathis)
Don’t Call It a Comeback! – Justin Taylor

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