Thursday, May 19, 2011

How I Read It: Why We Love the Church

A few thoughts after finishing Why We Love the Church by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck:

Quotable: I finished this book awhile ago and continue coming back to this quote: "At the end of my life I want my friends and family to remember me as someone who battled for the gospel, who tried to mortify sin in my life, who fought hard for life, and who contended earnestly for the faith. Not just as a nice guy who occasionally noticed the splendor of the mountains God created, while otherwise just trying to enjoy myself, manage my schedule, and work on my short game." (p102)

LOL: On page 66 Kluck offers a description of how painful unplanned testimony services can be. It was hilarious to say the least.

I'm Still Wondering: I agreed with 90% of this book.  (Which to be honest surprised me.  I thought I would disagree with more of it.)  I agreed with their lifting up the local church. I agreed with their view on 'the church at Starbucks crowd.' It was great for me to read DeYoung's well researched chapters.

But there is this ten percent or less that still bugs me: The church isn't a building. The church is not a service. So many times throughout the book there was not a distinction between people following Jesus (read: THE CHURCH) and services, buildings or organizations. So I'm left still wondering: I'll praise the church (the body of Christ) along with the authors, but why be in praise of institutions and organized religion? Because Biblically, those aren't the church.

2011 Personal Impact Ranking:
  1. Fight Clubs by Jonathan Dodson*
  2. Why We Love the Church by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck* #
  3. The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis
  4. Humility by CJ Mahaney*
  5. Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
  6. Crazy Love by Francis Chan*
  7. The Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott*
*I own these books, let me know if you want to borrow them. I'd love to share.
# This book, however, has scribbles all over the cover thanks to one of my Sons of Thunder.

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