I was pleased to notice today that Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert are beginning to answer questions about their book over at Kevin’s blog. Here’s the opening paragraph from their post:
On Tuesday, Trevin Wax put forth “five nagging questions” about our book What Is the Mission of the Church? Greg and I both know and like Trevin. He is a friend. We are glad he has gently raised some concerns with our book; we’d like to gently answer and correct his concerns. We hope to provide a lengthier response to some of the critical reviews out there in the coming weeks. But for now Greg and I want to provide a brief response to each of Trevin’s nagging questions. The following is from both of us.
I observe in this introduction a level of frustration with what they consider less than “friendly” and harshly critical reviews. Perhaps this is warranted. I don’t know Kevin or Greg and I suspect that they consider what I’ve written in this negative light. If that is the case, I’m sorry for that. I can’t speak for others who are reviewing the book, but although I’ve had a level of passion in what I’ve written, I don’t believe I’ve written anything unfriendly. If I have, I’m more than open to correction. And I would welcome it.
I am impassioned by this subject because it is so important. Here’s my bottom line:
I think Kevin and Greg correctly name the mission of the church when they say its the making of disciples, but I don’t think they understand this biblically enough. I believe the two major issues that divide us are (1) their reading of the Story of the Bible (see post) and (2) their definition of the kingdom of God (see post).
For me much of the other stuff simply flows out of these fundamental issues. I’d very much like them to address these points.