Why We're Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be

You can be young, passionate about Jesus Christ, surrounded by diversity, engaged in a postmodern world, reared in evangelicalism and not be an emergent Christian. In fact, I want to argue that it would be better if you weren't.

The Emergent Church is a strong voice in today's Christian community. And they're talking about good things: caring for the poor, peace for all men, loving Jesus.  They're doing church a new way, not content to fit the mold. Again, all good. But there's more to the movement than that. Much more.

Kevin and Ted are two guys who, demographically, should be all over this movement. But they're not. And Why We're Not Emergent gives you the solid reasons why. From both a theological and an on-the-street perspective, Kevin and Ted diagnose the emerging church. They pull apart interviews, articles, books, and blogs, helping you see for yourself what it's all about.

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By Ben (The United States) · ★★★★★ · December 17, 2011
The emergent church is an emotional and controversial topic. One of the latest books in the emergent "conversation" is Why We're Not Emergent(by two guys who should be). The book has an intriguing title and a very emergent-looking cover. But the best part is that there is substance and style to t... ...more
By Dustin (Pearland, TX) · ★★★★★ · April 27, 2008

Two thoughtful young guys with different styles, DeYoung (the pastor-theologian) and Kluck (the journalist)have teamed up to write a fair-minded, biblically grounded, insightful book. It's clear that they are not motivated by the desire to criticize, but rather by their love of the ch... ...more
By Matt (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · August 14, 2008
I'm still in the middle of this one, but its obvious that these two are missing the point. The emergent church is a healthy response to the long stated rigid theology of evangelicals. I think the two authors are re-enforcing the message of the emergent church in this text. I also think they lack... ...more
By David (East Lansing, MI) · ★★★★☆ · March 19, 2011
This excellent book, written tag-team by the two authors with alternating chapters, does two very helpful things. First, they do their best to define who comprises the "emergent" or "emerging" church, settling on a list of people including Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, Spencer Burke, and others, who s... ...more
By Bill (Medina, TX) · ★★★★☆ · February 19, 2011
I get really confused when I hear the term EMERGENT. This book helped me to clear a lot of that up. EMERGENT is essentially the latest form of liberalism. In fact, it is so liberal that it’s extremely difficult to nail down a firm definition. Kevin DeYoung writes, “Defining the emerging church is... ...more
By Barbara · ★★★★★ · October 16, 2014
This is an excellent book. Even if you've never heard of the Emergent church and don't particularity care what it is all about, there are tendrils of its philosophies reaching into many venues, and it is good to think Biblically about these things.

DeYoung and Gluck have done extensive research i... ...more
By Cabe (Santa Fe, TX) · ★☆☆☆☆ · June 06, 2008
Does offer a few decent critiques of Emergent (and a few bad ones as well), but what they would replace it with is often undesirable. I'm also unconvinced that they understand Emergent that well. ...more
By Deanna (Milwaukee, WI) · ★★★★★ · June 24, 2008
Great book, written smartly (and occasionally smart alecky!) discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the emergent church. ...more
By James (Leyland, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★★ · February 28, 2014
This was brilliant.
Articulated very well what is worrying about the emergent movement, without going so far as to write it off. Holds several key members to account for their confusing and very liberal theology and also points out some of the pastoral implications of their work.
They understand th... ...more
By Sean (Calgary, AB, Canada) · ★★★★★ · September 18, 2011
A superb, accessible response to the emergent church movement. One of the two authors (DeYoung) writes in a very plain, concise fashion about why the movement is so problematic, despite its legitimate protests toward the "traditional" and "seeker-sensitive" elements of the evangelical church. The... ...more