April 18, 2011 1 Comment
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.
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