Are you like me, hearing buzz about the book above by Dr. David Platt? He says the point of the book is to dive into the Gospels of Jesus and discover that “the radical things Jesus said 2000 years ago still apply to Christians today. Denying ourselves, giving up everything, and loving Him above all others is a radically different way to live. But it is the only way to truly live. We were created for more than a middle class existence. We were meant to count for His glory.”
Blogger Marla Taviano read and reread, and got exited about this book, so much so, she’s sponsoring a study on her blog. Check in at http://www.marlataviano.com/radical/radical-read-along-intro-week/ She plans discussion posts every Tuesday in case you are interested and I’ll be attempting to take part too.
But there are others including Dr. Platt’s own website for Study. Check out http://www.lifebiblestudy.com/radical/ which includes a video introduction by Dr. Platt himself. Forget about a gray headed wise old pastor image. He’s young and clearly inspired.
Marla wants us to read the first chapter for next Tuesday. I finished that this morning after devotion time. The book is written in a very easy style and easy to read aloud. Clearly Platt has a heart for missions. He proposes convincing reasons why we as Christians in the American Christian church, denominations or not, have twisted Christianity to mean something very comfortable and palatable.
Having worked in a church the most surprising thing to me (and it kept surprising me), how UN-church-like, and political, church business and the organization can be! So right off I’m in agreement with Dr. Platt to a large extent. BUT, his passion and premise seems to indicate WE are all clumped together. I have every hope he understands there is a place for different Christians just as there is a place for different Worship, different pastors and preaching styles, and different ways to accomplish mission and ministry. And, I think Jesus did intend it to be that way. I’m open to learning though. Perhaps I’m a victim of this religion thing he’s talking about.
I’m looking forward to the next chapter and most especially looking forward to discussion amongst those in the trenches, new Christians, and those that hunger for renewal. Let’s pray we all learn something.