by Kevin DeYoung, Ted Kluck
Moody Publishers 2009
I loved this book, but I shouldn’t have. For starters, the authors are closer to my children’s ages than to my own. Additionally, the authors are Reformed and I am not. Also, in the past I have found books with multiple authors to be too unevenly written to be enjoyable. (I do have a theory that might explain the success of this joint effort, however. Maybe Ted Kluck is really Kevin DeYoung’s alter ego?)
DeYoung is the senior pastor of the University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. Kluck is a sportswriter who attends the church DeYoung pastors. Together they also wrote Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be. The odd numbered chapters were written by DeYoung. Kluck wrote the even numbered chapters. There are eight chapters and two epilogues. The first epilogue is written by Kluck to his five-year-old son, Tristan; the second is written by DeYoung. Each also writes an introduction.
DeYoung writes as a theologian/pastor. Kluck writes in layman’s terms—a layman with a great sense of humor. Together, these authors have created an informative and entertaining read. I appreciated DeYoung’s copious endnotes at the conclusion of each chapter. The use of the hymn, “The Church’s One Foundation,” a verse of which precedes each of DeYoung’s chapters, was also very edifying.
DeYoung’s four chapters deal with four broad categories of excuses that people use for disparaging the church. These categories are missiological, personal, historical and theological. Kluck follows up each of those chapters with his own spin on the subject. In DeYoung’s terms, “Come for the logic, stay for the laughs” (p.18). Read more about Review - Why We Love the Church