Read It! - July 2019
Kevin DeYoung, Grace Defined and Defended (Wheaton: Crossway, 2019), 130.
Whenever Kevin DeYoung pens a book, I devour it - quickly. DeYoung writes with biblical precision. He writes with clarity. And his writing exalts the Lord Jesus Christ. His latest book, Grace Defined & Defended is no exception.
This short book is a summary and exposition of the Canons of Dort. The Synod convened from 1618-1619 and crystallized the Reformed position concerning soteriology.
DeYoung reproduces the historical Canon of Dort and provides a short commentary that explains and defends the content. Misconceptions are erased and the doctrinal ore is successfully mined and served up in a readable and devotional manner.
The selling-point of Grace Defined & Defended is its ability to drive readers to the Canons of Dort - a document that most contemporary believers have never heard about, let alone read.
DeYoung’s ability to unpack and explain this 400-year old confession is unparalleled and should be devoured by followers of Jesus. Readers who affirm historic Calvinistic orthodoxy will be edified and encouraged. Fence-sitters and Arminians will be challenged and convinced. And all readers, in the end, will exalt the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Soli Deo gloria!