Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Radical by David Platt

I love David Platt. I enjoy his messages every time I hear one. Platt offers a fresh, dare I say "radical, perspective on Christian living. I am constantly challenged and encouraged by what God teaches me through him.

Radical is Platt's first book and it has been a huge success. It has received glowing reviews and giant sales. Not all those who have read Radical have been as equally impressed. I encountered a fairly critical review in the latest issue of Modern Reformation magazine, and it made me reexamine the the text to see if there was any validity to the issues raised in the article. Let me say from the outset, there was, but I do not believe to the degree presented in the review. There is much to be praised in this great book so I wanted to lay out some of the blessings of this book and some of the more concerning parts that I encountered.

Monday, March 7, 2011

I am NOT the Gospel

"You are the good news. You are the Gospel"--Rob Bell, Nooma 15.

Rob Bell has proven himself time and again to be a dangerous force in evangelicalism. This statement is one of the most dangerous. We are not called, commanded or even allowed to "be the Gospel". The Gospel is a message to be proclaimed, believed and responded to, the message of God's salvation of men through Jesus Christ.

The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ came to earth, God in the flesh. He was born sinless of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death and rose victoriously from the dead. He ascended into heaven from where He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

"Preach the Gospel always and use words when necessary" is how the old adage goes, but words are always necessary.