Dec 082013
 

Radical.
David Platt.

In this book I want to show you that, with the best of intentions, we have actually turned away from Jesus. We have in many areas blindly and unknowingly embraced values and ideas that are common in our culture but are antithetical to the gospel he taught. Here we stand amid an American dream dominated by self-advancement, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency, by individualism, materialism, and universalism. Yet I want to show you our desperate need to revisit the words of Jesus, to listen to them, to believe them, and to obey them. We need to return with urgency to a biblical gospel, because the cost of not doing so is great for our lives, our families, our churches, and the world around us.

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For the sake of more than a billion people today who have yet to even hear the gospel, I want to risk it all. For the sake of twenty-six thousand children who will die today of starvation or a preventable disease, I want to risk it all. For the sake of an increasingly marginalized and relatively ineffective church in our culture, I want to risk it all. For the sake of my life, my family, and the people who surround me, I want to risk it all.

Page: 20

Very noble intentions. Calling Christians “to return with urgency to a biblical gospel” should be the prime directive of every pastor along with urging Christians “to risk it all” in order to proclaim the gospel to a lost world. It will be Platt’s exposition of this “biblical gospel” that we must await.

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

  • Jun 222013
     

    Pilgrim Theology.
    Michael S. Horton.
    The Word is a ladder, to be sure, but, like the incarnation, one that God always descends to us (Romans 10:6 – 17) . In Romans 10, Paul tells us that we do not have to ascend to heaven to bring Christ down or descend into the depths to bring him up from the dead, as if we could make him present or relevant by our zeal .

    Page: 349

    When reading this passage I immediately thought back to some old gospel tracts that I had seen in college. Christ is the bridge that we must cross to come to God. The problem with that picture is that it assumes that all we need is a bridge. We need more than that.

    Bridge the Gap

    Bridge the Gap

    We, in our unregenerate state, hate God. We want nothing to do with Him. A bridge does us no good. We are dead. Dead people don’t cross bridges. Unless we are first made alive by God’s grace nothing would draw us to God. Once made alive, nothing could keep us from running towards him.

    Horton’s picture of a ladder, that Christ descends is much more accurate. The cross/bridge analogy might work if you added Jesus carrying us over the bridge himself. Maybe even dragging us kicking and screaming.


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    Mar 082013
     

    Pilgrim Theology.
    Michael S. Horton.
    Sound theology, then, does not start with something else, something more basic and universal, and then add the gospel later on. Even when evaluating a wider horizon, the Christian is wearing “gospel” glasses. C. S. Lewis put the matter well: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.”

    Page: 22

    The study of theology is the study of God which is, in reality, the study of the gospel, the good news of God’s self revelation to us. Without the light of the Gospel, any musings about theology would be similar to studying the sun at night, you could see some of its reflected glory but never get a true picture of it.

    Jul 152012
     

    If you are always looking for something ‘more’, a special wisdom, or a miraculous sign then you have exchanged the simple yet incomprehensible gospel for one of the oldest errors in Christendom.

    Read all of the first chapter of 1 Corinthians for more context: “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Cor. 1:18