David Platt: “Radical” Ought to be Normal

Dr. David Platt is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word. David’s first love in ministry is disciple-making—the simple biblical model of multiplying the gospel by sharing the love of Christ, showing the life of Christ, and teaching the Word of Christ in all nations. He has traveled extensively to teach the Bible and church leaders throughout the United States and around the world. Atlanta natives, he and his wife, Heather, made their home in New Orleans until they were displaced by flooding following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Lord led them to Birmingham the following year, where they have served The Church at Brook Hills since 2006.  David has just accepted the position of President to the International Mission Board, beginning in a few weeks.

A life-long learner, David has earned two undergraduate and three advanced degrees. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (A.B.J.) from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics, and as Staff Evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans. He has authored several books, Radical – Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, Radical Together – Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God, and Follow Me: A Call to Die, A Call to Live. David recently founded Radical, a resource ministry, dedicated to serving the church by making disciples of all nations.

David holds a deep and abiding passion for global disciple-making. “I believe that God has uniquely created every one of His people to impact the world. Some may count it as idealistic, but I believe it is thoroughly biblical, rooted in Psalm 67:1-2, yet covering Scripture from beginning to end. God is in the business of blessing His people so that His ways and His salvation might be made known among all people.”

David practices what he preaches through his travel nationally and internationally, teaching from God’s Word in churches, seminaries, the underground church or even under a shade tree in Africa or Latin America.

David and his wife, Heather, live in Birmingham with their four children.

How has Platt influenced me?  Simple.  Another young guy, pastor, theologian, author, massively into gospel risk for the sake of Christ’s fame among the hard to reach nations?  How could I not like this guy should be the more appropriate question.  He is John Piper in a 35 year old body.  Bottom line: this guy rocks.

His book “Radical” was a best seller and the reason was simple, a call back to normal Christianity and away from American Christianity.  Though the book is called “Radical” he says all over the place that this is what should be normal for all Christians.  The reason it seems “radical” is because we’re so steeped in American culture.  Such good stuff.

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