Recent cultural interest in evangelicalism has led to considerable confusion about what the term actually means. Many young Christians are tempted to discard the label altogether. But evangelicalism is not merely a political movement in decline or a sociological phenomenon on the rise, as it has sometimes been portrayed. It is, in fact, a helpful theological profile that manifests itself in beliefs, ethics, and church life.
DeYoung and other key twenty- and thirty-something evangelical Christian leaders present Don’t Call It a Comeback: The Same Evangelical Faith for a New Day to assert the stability, relevance, and necessity of Christian orthodoxy today. This book introduces young, new, and under-discipled Christians to the most essential and basic issues of faith in general and of evangelicalism in particular.
Kevin DeYoung and contributors like Russell Moore, Tullian Tchividjian, Darrin Patrick, Justin Taylor, Thabiti Anyabwile, and Tim Challies examine what evangelical Christianity is and does within the broad categories of history, theology, and practice. They demonstrate that evangelicalism is still biblically and historically rooted and remains the same framework for faith that we need today
Go out and buy this book. It’s a must read!
Don’t Call It a Comeback edited by Kevin DeYoung displays chapters on fundamental Christian topics from a host of young leaders. Inside the pages, you will find insights into the history, theology, and practice of our faith. Some of my favorite chapters included, “The Secret to Reaching the Next Generation” by Kevin DeYoung; “Worship: It’s a Big Deal” by Tullian Tchividijian; and “The Local Church: Not Always Amazing, but Love By Jesus” by Thabiti Anyabwile.
This is a book to read with a highlighter. A book you will want to discuss with other serious readers. It might even be a book you will wrestle with depending where you stand on some of the issues presented. I think it is highly worth your time.
Here is a peek inside via a few of my favorite, underlined portions:
“It is the church that God has called and commissioned to take the name of Jesus to all lands.” (page 139)
“God is not like you or me. He’s unimaginably better. He’s mightier, fiercer, more loving, more majestic. He is holy, holy, holy.” (page 56)
“Social justice, though valuable as an expression of Christian love, should especially as a churchwide endeavor, serve the goal of gospel proclamation. We care for people because we love them as creatures made in God’s image and lament their suffering.” (page 158)
Have you read Don’t Call it a Comeback? If you do, let me know.
This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.