Radical (Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream) by David Platt

What is Jesus worth to you?

It’s easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily…

But who do you know who lives like that? Do you?

In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple–then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a “successful” suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.

Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment — a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.

While I personally don’t agree with the new direction David Platt is heading with CRT, I do fine much value in this book. David Platt challenges the status quo and the way the Church does business. Arguing that American church culture runs counter to the gospel, he compels readers to forsake the American Dream “in radical abandonment to the person and purpose of Jesus Christ.”

This book contends that taking back our faith involves actively and seriously committing ourselves to spread the gospel to all nations, owning responsibility for helping others grow in Christ, and literally caring for the poor. You’ll be encouraged to reclaim your faith by obeying the words of Jesus, trusting God and focusing on Heaven.

How to get this resource:

See if the book is available from your local library – It’s free (Minnesota Viking Library System)
Radical (ChristianBook) at: https://www.christianbook.com/radical-taking-faith-from-american-dream/david-platt/9781601422217/pd/422211

Radical (Amazon) at: https://www.amazon.com/Radical-Taking-Faith-American-Dream/dp/1601422210/
Radical (Walmart) at: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Radical-Taking-Back-Your-Faith-from-the-American-Dream-Paperback-9781601422217/12571140

Radical (Radical website): https://radical.net/book/radical-2/

Book: Before You Vote (Seven Questions Every Christian Should Ask) by David Platt

If you are Christian who claims to live by the principles of God’s Word, you should read this book. All too often, professing Christians act as if certain biblical principles are somehow suspended during election season. This should not be the case.

In Before You Vote, David Platt urges every Christian to ask seven critical questions before casting a ballot. These questions are based on biblical truths, not political talking points. As a pastor of a church in our nation’s capital, Platt’s message is non-partisan, practically helpful, and biblically-saturated.

Our current political climate presents unique challenges for Christians, particularly in an election season. Some Christians know exactly how they’ll vote and can’t imagine why any Christian would vote differently. Other Christians struggle with how to vote, or even whether to vote. In the end, elections in our country tend to be a time of confusion and disunity among many Christians.

His seven questions are:
1. Does God call me to vote?
2. Who has my heart?
3. What does my neighbor need?
4. What is the Christian position?
5. How do I weigh the issues?
6. Am I eager to maintain unity in the church?
7. So how do I vote?

This book will help you exercise your vote with humble conviction in a way that magnifies Christ, maintain unity in the church, and seek the good of all people. It’s a privilege we have to vote on how we’re led, how laws are made, and how people are cared for according to those laws. Remember this is not just an opportunity from God; we have a level of accountability before God and this is a grace God’s given us.

Let’s pray, vote, and stand for Biblical values and Biblical truth!

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