A Review of Radical Together by David Platt

Radical Together by David Platt is a continuation of Platt’s previous book Radical.  Radical focused on personal transformation while Radical Together seems to focus on corporate change of a local congregation.  Overall, I think this is a good read and I can recommend it to everyone without reservation.  The church needs to refocused from time to time and this book will help to do that.

The book is well written and effectively communicates Platt’s vision for his church and for all Christian churches to be radically shifted to a foreign missions focus.  I agree with Platt in that foreign missions are important but I don’t know if I would go as far as he suggests.  Certainly, when God calls his people to a task they should whole-heartedly obey but I am not sure that every Christian is called to be this “radical”.  Platt does say that this transformation should not be at the expense of other functions and ministries of the church locally but in my opinion the tone of his book does not seem to back up this statement.  It may be that I am reading it incorrectly.

Radical Together will serve the purpose of bringing foreign missions back into the focus and thoughts of a local congregation that has not had a proper emphasis on them.  The emotions it creates could easily cause people to jump in too quickly though.  Much prayer and counseling should be done before any radical decisions are made.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Multnomah Publishers as part of their Blogging for Books review program. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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One Response to A Review of Radical Together by David Platt

  1. Tom Shelton says:

    Jerry,

    Wow!! I don’t know how else to respond to your scripture twisting and your eisogesis. The errors in your comment are astounding. Have you forgotten (more likely…twisted) the verses that tell us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God “and that “there is none righteous, no not one”. Even the Hebrews were in need of salvation…that is why God gave them the law…so that they would learn that they could not keep it and realize they needed a savior.

    Also, the in great commission Jesus commanded the apostles to “go therefore, making disciples of all nations”. It is extremely unlikely that he was only telling them to go get the Hebrews from all nations because it was equally unlikely that there were Hebrews in every nation on the earth. they had been dispersed widely but you have misused or misunderstood this command.

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