Having just cited some thoughts from Kevin DeYoung on why and when students leave the church, I thought it would be appropriate to go ahead and offer a summary of what Don’t Call It a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New Day offers. You can find the table of contents and some of the endorsements over at Kevin DeYoung’s blog. I’ll just offer a quick summary of whom the book is written for and what you can expect to find in the book.
DeYoung writes in the introduction, “This book has two main aims. The first aim is to introduce young Christians, new Christians, and underdisciplined Christians to the most important articles of our faith and what it looks like to live out this faith in real life…The second aim of the book is to reassert the theological nature of evangelicalism. In recent years the term evangelical has lost almost all its meaning…But we think there is still merit to the label, provided it can be infused with theological meaning that manifests itself in some key ethical, social, and ecclesiastical stances and practices” (17).
On the first account, the book is a great success. After briefly tracing the history of evangelicalism, Part 2: Evangelical Theology lays out some of the basic truths of the Christian faith, with helpful, well-written chapters by young theologians and writer such as Andy Naselli, Tim Challies, and Russell Moore.
Part 3: Evangelical Practice builds on the doctrines already presented with helpful looks at difficult questions such as vocation, social justice, abortion, homosexuality, the church, worship, and missions. Each author approaches his topic with the conviction that Scripture is the final authority–and thus they come to unpopular answers to some of the questions–but they also approach each topic with a great measure of grace. Hopefully, this part of the book will do something to illustrate to a new generation of Christians that conservative theology does not mean accepting the (popular, though not necessarily correct) label of self-righteous power-grabbers who want to force everyone to agree with them. For the homosexual, for the pregnant single lady, for the poor, this book offers truth from God and yet grace for sinners.
As Kevin DeYoung intentionally notes in the introduction, there is little that is new in Don’t Make It a Comeback. But that’s not the purpose of the book. The purpose is to lay out evangelical faith and practice from the perspective of some young evangelical leaders who want to be God-honoring, people-loving, Spirit-filled Christians who faithfully represent God to the world.Read More