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 www.Christianaudio.com. 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 #58 – Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, David Platt, 240 pages

November 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Early in the new year, I read David Platt’s new book, “Counter Culture“. I had actually heard about his book Radical but I had never read it, until now. The best way I can describe this book in a nutshell is from what Jesus said in Luke 9:23: “And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’” I think we read that and don’t take it seriously as Evangelical Americans. I think we read that and choose to ignore it. It’s not because we’re bad people (although, we do have wicked hearts) but I think it’s because we’ve been conditioned by a society that is so cultured to the opposition of what Christianity really is, we’ve lost our way a bit. This conditioning is due, in part, to the excessive wealth that being American has come to mean. Even those who live below the poverty line in this country are more wealthy than 60-80% of the world. David Platt understands this. And he wants you to take up your cross in a specific way. Because we live in a nation that adores the American dream. […]

Justin’s #5 – Counter Culture, David Platt, 289 pages

February 22, 2015 // 2 Comments

Most who are familiar with David Platt know him from his breakout book, “Radical.” After reading Counter Culture, I believe I will have to pick up this book to read in the future. Platt has a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree, a PhD, and became the youngest head pastor of a Mega Church in America, located in Birmingham, Alabama… all before he was 26. He is a brilliant man and theologian and his writing style reflects this. Counter Culture must pick up where Radical leaves off. The subtitle for that particular book is: “Taking back your faith from the American Dream.” The thesis of Culture essentially asks, how do Christians respond to American ideals that deny the Gospel message? Platt’s introductory chapter outlines the Gospel message and why it is important to Christians. For the rest of the book, he demonstrates how Christians living in a perverse culture should approach a variety of issues looking through the lens of the Gospel. He takes us through: the world of poverty, same-sex marriage, racism, sex slavery, immigration, abortion, persecution, orphans and pornography (as the subtitle says). This book has a tendency to be incredibly convicting. As authentic Christians, we perceive the world […]

Ron’s #2: Ordinary by Michael Horton

January 23, 2015 // 6 Comments

I love Michael Horton. This guy has had quite the impact on my theological thinking since I first read Putting Amazing Back into Grace back in the early 1990s. Horton has a keen mind, and he writes with such clarity about difficult issues. This book is no different. The subtitle of Ordinary is enough to make me angry: “Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World.” It’s a direct shot to David Platt’s Radical, easily one of the most impacting books on my life. I opened the first page with trepidation. While I expected an attack on Platt’s thinking, I found something quite different. Yes, he does raise questions about these earth-shattering decisions people make in order to be “radical” in their faith, but he does it with respect and grace. He is not calling out Platt, Francis Chan, Louie Giglio, and the rest. Rather, his main point is that we forget the ordinary, everyday acts of worship for the larger mountaintop highs. This may be true in Evangelical Christianity today. We are always looking to the next big thing, whether that thing is Reformed theology, social justice, or selling everything and moving to India. It’s another form of an experience junkie. […]

1 2 3 6