Kevin DeYoung, New Calvinism, and Complementarianism

I am becoming more and more impressed with Kevin DeYoung.  He is the pastor of the University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI and the author of several books, including “Why We’re Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be)”, “Just Do Something”, and “Why We Love the Church.”  It is refreshing and comforting to know that there are other young, thinking pastors out there who are not running head first into the emerging church movement without thinking it through.  His book “Why We Love the Church” is a great work of theology to support why the church still matters and a polemic against those who love to be cool and dismiss the church for not doing what the church is supposed to be doing.  He says things like, “It’s more than a little ironic that the same folks who want the church to ditch the phoney, plastic persona and become a haven for broken, imperfect sinners are ready to leave the church when she is broken, imperfect and sinful.”

DeYoung has recently responded to a question from a fellow blogger regarding the apparent connection between New Calvinism and Complementarianism.  The question is a good one – it asks why New Calvinists are willing to have fellowship with others who disagree with them on certain doctrinal items, such as baptism and tongues, but not willing to fellowship with those who are egalitarians.  It is a good read.

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