Tuesday, April 19, 2011


I just finished reading Axiom, by Bill Hybels, and Radical, by David Platt. I'm in the middle of Planting Missional Churches, by Ed Stetzer. All three of the books are great, although I have trouble identifying with Hybels illustrations (a $100 million building project, hiring and firing staff, etc...) It was almost humorous reading the two books back to back, with Platt's comments regarding the American dream, but I won't go into that.

If you haven't read Radical yet, you need to! His perspective on the church's responsibility towards the gospel, towards discipleship and towards material possessions and eternal purpose are refreshing! Here are some quotes.

Every person this side of heaven owes the gospel to every lost person this side of hell. We owe Christ to the world--to the least person and to the greatest person, to the richest person and to the poorest person, to the best person and to the worst person. We are in debt to the nations. p. 74

Making disciples is not an easy process. It is trying. It is messy. It is slow, tedious, even painful at times. It is all these things because it is relational. Jesus has not given us an effortless step-by-step formula for impacting nations for his glory. He has given us people, and he has said, "Live for them. Love them, serve them, and lead them. Lead them to follow me, and lead them to lead others to follow me. In the process you will multiply the gospel to the ends of the earth." p. 93

We say things such as, "The safest place to be is in the center of God's will." We think, If it's dangerous, God must not be in it. If it's risky, if it's unsafe, if it's costly, it must not be God's will. But what if these factors are actually the criteria by which we determine something is God's will? What if we began to look at the design of God as the most dangerous option for us? What if the center of God´s will is in reality the most unsafe place for us to be? pp. 164-165

The reward of the American dream is safety, security, and success found in more comfort, better stuff, and greater prosperity. But the reward of Christ trumps all these things and beckons us to live for an eternal safety, security, and satisfaction that far outweighs everything this world has to offer. pp. 171-172

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