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Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion

DeYoung, Kevin; Kluck, Ted

Are you okay with Jesus but not the church? Or is your church missing that mysterious ingredient: authenticity? Addressed to an age that believes “spirituality is hot, and religion is not,” the authors deliver a gut check on our beliefs and motivations about the value of church. A must read for both the fed up and the apathetic.

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: Authors Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck present the case for loving the local church. Their newest book paints a picture of the local church in all its biblical and real life guts, gaffes, and glory in an effort to edify local congregations and entice the disaffected back to the fold. It provides a solid biblical mandate to love and be part of the body of Christ and counteract the “leave church” books that trumpet rebellion and individual felt needs.

224 Pages
Published July 2009

About the Authors:

Kevin DeYoung is the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, across the street from Michigan State University. He is a graduate of Hope College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author of Just Do Something, as well as Freedom and Boundaries: A Pastoral Primer on the Role of Women in the Church and has written daily devotionals for Words of Hope: Daily Reflections. He and his wife, Trisha, have four children, Ian, Jacob, Elizabeth, and Paul.

Ted Kluck’s work has appeared in ESPN the Magazine, Sports Spectrum Magazine, ESPN.com Page2, and several small literary journals. A bi-monthly column for Sports Spectrum Magazine entitled “Pro and Con” won the Evangelical Press Association award for best standing column in 2003. Additionally, Ted has written two WGA registered screenplays and an award-winning (Damah Film Festival, Sabaoth Film Festival) short film. He has written The Reason For Sports and also co-authored, Why We’re Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be), with Kevin DeYoung. Ted lives in Lansing, MI with his wife, Kristin, and two sons.

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