Don’t Call It a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New Day is essentially a primer on the central tenets of the evangelical, reformed church tradition that has experienced a resurgence in the last decade, most prominently in the USA. The book is, however, somewhat unusual in that it does not present us with the ruminations of seasoned veterans. To be fair, those veterans (Packer, Piper, Carson et. al.) have provided us with a wealth of written material on the subjects at hand, and have rightly spoken into many of our lives. Taking a different tack, this collection of essays is composed by the upcoming leaders and pastors of this generation. In effect, it is the collective voice of those who have been mentored well, and of those who will likely serve as mentors for the coming decades in the life of the church.
So it is with great joy that I tell you how powerful, solid and convincing this book has turned out to be. Broken into three main sections (History, Theology and Practice), the essays span topics from sanctification & justification, through social justice & abortion, and on to worship & mission. Each chapter offers a clear and comprehensive take on the given subject and all are immensely readable.
It’s not really sensible for me to review this book in terms of tracing an argument and seeing if the conclusion is accurate and compelling, since each chapter is self-contained. As a collection of essays, none of the positions stated are exhaustive in scope, so it is nice to see a brief “For further reading” section that provides some titles to read if one so desires. Don’t Call It a Comeback is a great primer for new Christians. It is also a great snapshot of the current flow of life and thought in the church, and how encouraging to see that the methods of communication may have changed, the vernacular altered, but the message remains the same!
Finally, how great it is to read such sharp minds, passionate hearts and compelling authors turn their talents not to make a name for themselves, but to be all about the name of Jesus. The love of Christ and the care for His church just exudes from this book.
Whether you’re young and restless, or old and rooted, pick up a copy of this volume and be reaffirmed, reinvigorated and challenged anew as you are reminded of things we all need to hold onto.
A review copy was provided to me at no charge by the publisher. No attempt was made to gain a favorable review, and all opinions and recommendations expressed are the author’s own.