Profiles: Kevin DeYoung

Today I want to introduce you to a man who is perhaps the youngest who will be in this series, but has had one of the most successful writing careers over the last decade. Kevin DeYoung has been the pastor of University Reformed Church in Lansing, MI, for the last 15 years and will soon be transitioning to take the pastorate at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, NC, while also becoming the Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary.  DeYoung has been a pioneer of Christian blogging through his blog titled DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed which is hosted on The Gospel Coalition. Over the last 10 years DeYoung has written 16 major works. He’s one of the most active writers amongst conservative Christian circles. 

My first introduction to Kevin DeYoung was with the Emergent Church. About a decade ago, there was a big movement within Christianity called the Emergent (or Emerging) Church movement. This was a very flawed system that relied heavily on relative truth and mirrored what we see in our post-modern culture. Kevin DeYoung and his writing partner Ted Kluck wrote a book to fight the errors of this movement called Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be. This book systematically attacked the false teaching of this movement. It’s success could not be understated.  This also set the precedent for the type of writer DeYoung would be in his career - one who didn’t do what was popular, but what was Biblical. 

DeYoung has proven himself to be the heir of teachers like John Piper, John MacArthur, and R.C. Sproul. DeYoung has never shied away from the difficult topics either whether it’s about homosexuality, gender roles, Bible translations, or social justice DeYoung has something valuable written on the subject. As a Baptist, I disagree with a few minor things DeYoung teaches (mostly, baptism) but I am thankful that we are beginning to see the next generation step up and defend the faith in the footsteps of those previously mentioned teachers.

Here are some books from Kevin DeYoung to check out:

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

The life of a Christian is one of commitment and dedication to Christ and to His Bride - the church. This book states the value and necessity of being involved in a local church. 

The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism

One of the most undervalued catechisms in our history is the Heidelberg Catechism. DeYoung writes, “The gospel summarized in the Heidelberg Catechism is glorious, its Christ gracious, its comfort rich, its Spirit strong, its God Sovereign, and its truth timeless.” IN this book, DeYoung unearths the treasures of this catechism.

Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough and What That Means for You and Me

Our faith is built upon the Word of God. If it were wrong in one single spot, our entire faith would come crumbling down. DeYoung shows how the Bible was delivered to us and how we can be confident in it. As in all his writing, he does this in very understandable terms. Just watch this video to get a taste for how he writes about this big subject. 

What is the Mission of the Church? : Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission

“We’re a church on mission.” This is popular thing to say, but DeYoung answers the real question - what is the mission? Does the church exist to be a charity or to make the world a better place? Read this book and find out what it means to be “on mission.”

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book and a (Really) Big Problem

Out culture is one of of perpetual business. We’re constantly on the go and DeYoung helps in teaching how to have a proper balance between business and rest. This is a must for any ministry helper or volunteer that want to prevent ministry burnout.

**Like when reading any theologians and pastors, a careful eye and critical mind should be used in reading DeYoung’s writing.**

- Dean

Dean Lentini