Chapter 1: Someone Worth Losing Everything For

The Fragments Ramble On

This is part 1 of my series reading, highlighting, and commenting on David Platt’s book Radical. I’ll be going chapter by chapter, picking out the highlights (direct quotes from the book in italics) and offering some comments of my own.

Contemplating the juxtaposition of his first Sunday at his new, affluent, American megachurch against his preceding trip to heavily persecuted underground house churches, Platt notes that “We were settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.” “Somewhere along the way we had missed what is radical about our faith and replaced it with what is comfortable.

American churches have embraced values and ideas that are not only unbiblical but that actually contradict the gospel.

It’s an introductory chapter preparing questions that must be answered in later chapters: What are those values? Why…

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