Monday, April 14, 2008

The courage to be protestant

Eerdmans has just released a new book by David Wells called The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World. It's the summary and culmination of his last 15 years of research and writing.

Wells is a deep thinker, and is very perceptive when it comes to identifying problems and offering gospel-centered solutions for the contemporary church. Though humble and soft-spoken, he is a theological heavyweight who takes powerful swings at both the seeker-sensitive and the emergent church models.

Here are some endorsements for his latest work:

"David F. Wells speaks for a great many commentators inside and outside the evangelical camp when he contends that American evangelicalism is sick at soul . . . His work is being hailed as a bombshell by evangelical leaders who hope it will wake up American evangelicals and alert them to their peril."
-- The Christian Century

"David Wells is one of the most profound Christian thinkers of our time . . . .His insight is keen, his burden righteous, his moral pain deeply felt." -- Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

I'm very excited about this book, and plan to begin blogging through it in May, taking one chapter per week. Would you like to join me? If so, just order your own copy, and I'll give reading instructions as we get closer. I'd love to get your impressions of the book and to use this blog as a forum to discuss some of the issues Wells brings up.

Do YOU have the courage to be protestant? Why not read the book and find out?

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