In Praise of Scripture and the Church

Just wanted to pass on two links I found helpful/provocative/convicting/edifying/entertaining. Both from Kevin DeYoung, coauthor of Why We’re Not Emergent and the forthcoming Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion as well as the author of Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will (alternate title: How to make a decision without dreams, visions, fleeces, open doors, random Bible verses, casting lots, liver shivers, writing in the sky, etc.).

First up is a post called “I Like What the Bible Teaches.” DeYoung’s argument is that “Christians should not only believe what the Bible teaches, they should like what the Bible teaches.” He specifically points out two commonly disliked biblical teachings: complementarianism and hell. Predestination, particular atonement, and common grace could also be easily added to the list. But he explains that even when “we say things like ‘If it were up to me I wouldn’t have a hell, but God’s word teaches it so I believe it’ we are not being extra pious, only extra insulting.” Acknowledging that though we may wrestle with difficult biblical truths, it is wrong to have a begrudging acceptance: “Don’t we trust that God is good? Is not the law of the Lord our delight?” The purpose of believing and delighting in what God’s Word teaches is God’s glory, not our preferences. It’s not about us, and we are not better judges or teachers than God.

“The Bible is true and the Bible is good. When we accept its truth without actually liking it, we have only come half way to mature faith. We are like kids saying “I’m sorry” while rolling our eyes, like a husband getting flowers so his wife won’t be ticked, like a lover skimming through a letter from her beloved when she should be cherishing every word and every truth in her heart. Read the Bible. Believe the Bible. Delight in all that it affirms. Anything less is not good for your soul.”

Second is an excerpt from his forthcoming book Why We Love the Church. It’s a fun little madlib about church angst vocalized by postmoderns, emergents, emergelicals, evanjellyfish, hipsters, and many twenty-something white middle class Christians. It’s comical, but also sad and frustrating. I’d repost it here, but I’m sure that would violate copyright rules. So click and read, and then buy the book.

One thought on “In Praise of Scripture and the Church

  1. I'm excited about that book. "Why We're Not Emergent" was well-written and helpful on many levels. I trust this follow up will be as well.(Oh, and please tell Matthew Smith I will buy it rather than borrow it.)

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