Dec 062013
 

Radical.
David Platt.

You and I can choose to continue with business as usual in the Christian life and in the church as a whole, enjoying success based on the standards defined by the culture around us. Or we can take an honest look at the Jesus of the Bible and dare to ask what the consequences might be if we really believed him and really obeyed him.

Page: 9

Platt opens the book promising a clear cut picture of what it means to really follow Jesus, an honest look at “the Jesus of the Bible,” and the consequences. His statement presupposes that we don’t know this Jesus, don’t follow him, and don’t obey him but that this book will straighten out the American church if it will just follow his prescription.

If I seem to get a little defensive as I read this book, can I point my finger and say, “He started it”?

Book Posts

  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream – David Platt
  • Radical Promise: Consequences of “Really” Believing and “Really” Obeying
  • Being Radical in a Rad World
  • Radical Gospel of Guilt
  • Risking All for a Biblical Gospel
  • Gospel of Self-Sufficiency
  • Poor, Puny, Pathetic Jesus?
  • God’s Gift of Grace: New Heart, New Desires, New Longings

  • Oct 032013
     

    Radical.
    David Platt.
    But as a new pastor comparing the images around me that day with the pictures still fresh in my mind of brothers and sisters on the other side of the world, I could not help but think that somewhere along the way we had missed what is radical about our faith and replaced it with what is comfortable.
    Page: 12

    The title of the book and this early paragraph state the author’s thesis. Our faith must once again become ‘radical’. But what does that mean? There are negative connotations to the word, as in ‘radical Islamic fundamentalist’ and there is the slang meaning of ‘wonderful’ which is usually shortened to ‘rad’. Below is the definition from The Free Dictionary:

    rad·i·cal  (rd-kl)
    adj.
    1. Arising from or going to a root or source; basic: proposed a radical solution to the problem.
    2. Departing markedly from the usual or customary; extreme: radical opinions on education.
    3. Favoring or effecting fundamental or revolutionary changes in current practices, conditions, or institutions: radical political views.
    4. Linguistics Of or being a root: a radical form.
    5. Botany Arising from the root or its crown: radical leaves.
    6. Slang Excellent; wonderful.

    After looking at the first three definition above, I cannot argue that what passes for Christianity must change, must become radical. We must go to the root or source; which for us is the Bible which tells us the good news that the Savior has come. We must depart from the usual or customary; it is always Christ against culture, be it the culture of modern America or the culture of some third world country. And finally the gospel is so antithetical to the world that we must always be striving for the fundamental practices and views that are taught in scripture.

    Where I may disagree with the author is that this is nothing new. This is what the Apostle Paul was attempting to fight in his day. All his letters to the New Testament churches hammered home this reality. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2) It is the perennial struggle of the Christian, not something new, not something peculiar to modern, affluent America. The impoverished new believers in the Sudan have the same struggle against their culture. It may be invisible to us with our western rose-colored glasses but for them the same struggle exists.

    Where I may also disagree with the book will be in the solution to this problem. If I am correct that this is the same problem that the Apostle Paul was dealing with in the first century, then this book should be proposing similar solutions. Will David Platt call us back to the fundamentals? Will we find his solutions to be contemporary ways to implement the same solutions that Paul and the other New Testament (and Old Testament for that matter) writers called for: A radical faith in a radical God? Let us find out.

    Book Posts

  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream – David Platt
  • Radical Promise: Consequences of “Really” Believing and “Really” Obeying
  • Being Radical in a Rad World
  • Radical Gospel of Guilt
  • Risking All for a Biblical Gospel
  • Gospel of Self-Sufficiency
  • Poor, Puny, Pathetic Jesus?
  • God’s Gift of Grace: New Heart, New Desires, New Longings


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    Sep 082013
     

    Radical.
    David Platt.

    THE COST OF NONDISCIPLESHIP
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian struggling to follow Christ in the midst of Nazi rule, penned one of the great Christian books of the twentieth century. In it he wrote that the first call every Christian experiences is “the call to abandon the attachments of this world.” The theme of the book is summarized in one potent sentence: “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” Bonhoeffer aptly entitled his book The Cost of Discipleship.

    — Page: 16

    It has been 25 years since I read Bonhoeffer’s book. I remember the impact “The Cost of Discipleship” had on me when I was in college. I just ordered the new translation of this seminal work from Amazon so I can re-read it.

    Supposedly both of these books deal with discipleship but what a difference. If memory serves, Bonhoeffer appeals to scripture to make a case for Jesus’ call for us to take up our cross and follow him. Platt, on the other hand, uses personal stories with just a sprinkling of scripture to shame and cajole us into doing more for the poor and unsaved. His use of guilt & emotional manipulation to motivate brings back memories of Pentecostal Sunday evening alter calls.

    Aug 202013
     

    Radical.
    David Platt.
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    Overheard some discussion about the book and it sounded interesting. Some love it. Some think he over-simplifies. Some blog about it. Me, I will read it and let you know one more opinion.

    Book Posts

  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream – David Platt
  • Radical Promise: Consequences of “Really” Believing and “Really” Obeying
  • Being Radical in a Rad World
  • Radical Gospel of Guilt
  • Risking All for a Biblical Gospel
  • Gospel of Self-Sufficiency
  • Poor, Puny, Pathetic Jesus?
  • God’s Gift of Grace: New Heart, New Desires, New Longings

  • Book Info

    Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream
    by David Platt
    Publisher: Multnomah Books
    Published: 05/04/2010
    ISBN-10: 1601422210
    ISBN-13: 978-1601422217
    Started: 08/20/2013
    Finished: 10/01/2013
    Source: Library
    Reason: Sounded like an interesting book
    Format: e-book

    Publisher Synopsis

    WHAT IS JESUS WORTH TO YOU?

    It’s easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily…

    BUT WHO DO YOU KNOW WHO LIVES LIKE THAT? DO YOU?

    In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple–then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a “successful” suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.

    Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment — a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.


    Author Info
    DAVID PLATT is the pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, a four-thousand-member congregation in Birmingham, Alabama. Widely regarded as an exceptional expositor, David has traveled and taught around the world. He holds two undergraduate and three advanced degrees, including a doctorate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. David and his wife, Heather, live in Birmingham with their family.


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