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Radical by David Platt (Multnomah, 2010)

September 8, 2011

Radicals: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt has enjoyed great success even cracking the New York Times Bestseller list. It focuses on answering nominal or “worldly” Christian living by addressing personal evangelism, consumerism and the “need” to aquire more and more, The role of the Scriptures in the life of believers and local church, World evangelzation, in short aspects of challenge for the lordship of Jesus. The book is well written, easy to read and filled with great stories. There is much to commend about the book but it has one very signifigant flaw, the personal implication of the “global, God centered nature of God.” (88) Unstated in all the discussions on the great commision especially the illustrations the focus seems to be on the concept of “going” rather than the only imparative verb in the passage “make disciples”. As a participle “go” supports the idea of the imparative verb. so a better translation is “in your goings make disciples”. If we are faithful the nations will be impacted through our everyday focused utalization of our spiritual gifts, church investment and concerted community service within the context of healthy intergenerational family interaction. Too many find it easier to “do the dishes at someone elses house than thier own” Or thinking that getting on an airplane makes one an obedient servant when ignored responsibilities at home are obvious to even a casual observer. It is easier to die in a blaze of marterdom in a far away land than die a slow death by paper cut in our unglamourious local situation and families. Just a thought about true radicalness.

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