Coming Soon – “Ordinary” by Michael Horton

The Baker Deep End Blog

Michael Horton’s forthcoming book, Ordinary, looks to be fascinating and I think a healthy balance to the glut of books calling for some kind of radical life change.  The catalog description is perfect:

“Radical. Crazy. Transformative and restless. Every word we read these days seems to suggest there’s a ‘next-best-thing,’ if only we would change our comfortable, compromising lives. In fact, the greatest fear most Christians have is boredom–the sense that they are missing out on the radical life Jesus promised. One thing is certain. No one wants to be ‘ordinary.'”

“Yet pastor and author Michael Horton believes that our attempts to measure our spiritual growth by our experiences, constantly seeking after the next big breakthrough, have left many Christians disillusioned and disappointed. There’s nothing wrong with an energetic faith; the danger is that we can burn ourselves out on restless anxieties and unrealistic expectations. What’s needed is not another…

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

A review by John Fonville of David Platt’s book “Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream” is available here.

“Whenever the law is confused with the gospel, the remedy is always wrong (e.g., “unconditional surrender” and “willing to sell all”). The problem is so serious that the book must be assessed as pastorally crippling to readers who most likely already have weak souls and afflicted consciences. How does one know if he has surrendered enough? What about Paul’s confession in Romans 7:15-19? Even if one “sells all,” he has not even come close to fulfilling the radical demands of the law (Luke 17:10). The problem with approaching God on these terms is that a person never has the sense that he or she has done enough. There remains a nagging reality of God’s disfavor, which is the enduring point of the law. After the law has humbled a person, he must then be comforted with the gospel without any mention of the law.”