Justin’s #62 – Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live, David Platt, 246 pages

November 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mark recently reviewed this book, and I would encourage you to read his thoughts. We must both get the free audiobook of the month from This is the third David Platt book I read this year, with “Counter Culture” being the first and more recently, “Radical.” All of Platt’s book have essentially the same theme: Americans, American Evangelicals in particular, have distorted the Gospel message so that we can live comfortable, wealthy lives in the face of extreme poverty and lack of resources for the spread of the message of the Bible. It’s funny because now I live in Southern California where the average income is pretty steep. I’ve noticed the cultural Christianity in this area and reading Platt’s books have given me perspective on where our priorities should be. Follow Me is about disciple making. Jesus told His disciples to follow him and He will make them “fishers of men.” In the process however, all the disciples lest two died for the faith they were proclaiming. His point is that there is a cost to disciple making, one that we as Americans don’t want to admit. We would rather get a good job, go to a nice church, […]

Justin’s #61 – Supernatural: What the Bible teaches about the unseen world and why it matters, Michael Heiser, 224 pages

November 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Well, you thought I was done reading in 2015? You were wrong. Earlier this year, Dr. Michael Heiser released a book called “The Unseen Realm” which I reviewed in September to high acclaim. I was quoted in this review on the Logos Blog; my conversation with Dr. Darrell Bock was quoted on the Faithlife blog, “5 Questions to Ask When You Encounter New Ideas in Biblical Scholarship.” Dr. Michael Heiser, a person I never expected to see my review, even left a nice comment on my review praising my “candor and the high quality of your perceptions.” All of this was really cool. It’s my dream (one that I don’t know if it will ever come to past) to have these kinds of discussions, but I was more overjoyed that people were reading what I wrote and thought what I said contained of some kind of academic weight. Anyways, with all of this, I couldn’t help but read Dr. Heiser’s book, “Supernatural.” It was the logical “next step.” Supernatural is a “cut down” version of the Unseen Realm. So it’s quite a bit smaller. But the premise is the same. I read the book on an extended bus ride in just […]

Justin’s #59 – Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes, Nancy Pearcey, 384 pages

November 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

I read Nancy Pearcey’s book, Total Truth and “Finding Leonardo” last year and found them to be really compelling. Pearcey’s experience at L’Abri Fellowship with Francis Schaeffer inspired her to reclaim her Christian faith and delve into areas of Philosophy and Apologetics that are often times denigrated by evangelicals. In this follow up book to Total Truth, Pearcey wants to equip Christians with tools that combat idols. Taking a page from Romans 1, Pearcey builds her thesis on verses 16-32. Romans 1 is easily one of my most favorite chapters of scripture. She calls it a guide to apologetics. Pearcey’s utmost concern is about worldview. She argues that Christianity is the most coherent worldview among all the philosophies of the world. This is why the Apostle Paul can say, in Romans 1:16, that he is “not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ.” It is only through the Christian worldview that men can have a dignified and complete view of humanity. Pearcey has a 5 step guide to diminishing idols in our lives. She argues that idols don’t just have to be other gods, but an idol is defined as anything that replaces God. Therefore, philosophies can be idols because they inherently replace […]

Mark’s #40 – Follow Me by David Platt (2013)

November 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. “To be a Christian is to be loved by God, pursued by God, and found by God. To be a Christian is to realize that in your sin, you were separated from God’s presence, and you deserved nothing but God’s wrath. Yet despite your darkness and in your deadness, his light shone on you and his voice spoke to you, inviting you to follow him. His majesty captivated your soul and his mercy covered your sin, and by his death he brought you life. Do you know for sure that you are his child, not ultimately because of any good you have done—any prayers you have prayed, steps you have taken, or boxes you have checked—but solely because of the grace he has given?” In Follow Me, Pastor and now president of the International Mission Board (Southern Baptist mission agency), David Platt takes a look at how we have come to understand the Christian life in 21st century America, and how we have gone astray from what the clear call of the Bible is for the Christian.   Simply put, Jesus never calls us to “pray a prayer” or walk […]

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