The Hole in Our Holiness

Book Reviews, The Gospel

I cannot express how excited I am for Kevin DeYoung‘s new book, The Hole in Our Holiness (You can also Pre-order the Kindle Edition). DeYoung addresses what I have been having an ongoing conversation about for a few years with several brothers, namely the relationship between justification and sanctification, or perhaps more appropriately stated, the law and the gospel (and of course, I realize this has been an ongoing conversation for much of the church’s history). It seems to me that there are very few men who have been associated, either willingly or unwillingly, with the “gospel-centered” movement who are talking about the use of God’s law in the lives of Christians. I’m thankful for the recovery of the gospel in much of what can be seen in quasi-Reformed evangelicalism today in some respects, but I am also concerned that without a recovery of the right uses of God’s law, we have not truly recovered the gospel. In fact, some men seem almost scared to give any validity to the use of God’s law in the life of a Christian at all. Based on what I’ve heard and read, methinks Kevin DeYoung is providing a valuable addition to the very necessary conversation – perhaps we could soon see brothers linking arms Together for the Law and Gospel.


A sermon by DeYoung excerpted from one of the chapters in his new book:

(By: Nick Kennicott)

3 thoughts on “The Hole in Our Holiness

  1. I share your interest in this topic and your excitement over the book. In my estimation, DeYoung is one of the most balanced and valuable voices in the gospel-centered/new calvinism/yrr/t4g mixing pot. These are the sort of conversations which should be taking place- charitable but challenging attempts to sift our current trends and traditions through the sieve of Scripture.

  2. I’ve read the first two chapters of DeYoung’s book. Very helpful. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of it.

    John Piper interviewed DeYoung about his book a few months ago. If you haven’t listened/watched it’s well worth your time.

    Part 1 – http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/kevin-deyoung-and-john-piper-discuss-the-pursuit-of-holiness-part-1

    Part 2 – http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/kevin-deyoung-and-john-piper-discuss-the-pursuit-of-holiness-part-2

    1. Thanks Ryan – I haven’t seen that yet, I will check it out. I’m interested to see the conversation because I don’t think Piper’s understanding of the use of the Law of God in the life of the believer is the same as DeYoung’s. Piper’s understanding of the law tends more toward a new covenant theology, while DeYoung is of the reformed, covenental persuasion (of which I hold to as well).

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