One of my favorite pastors/authors is David Platt. He recently released a new book, Counter Culture. I started reading it this week, and it is a powerful book. Platt shares his views on what it is going to be like for the church to minister and serve in a world of poverty, same-sex marriage, racism, sex slavery, immigration, persecution, abortion, orphans, and pornography. Platt says this in his introduction: "On popular issues like poverty and slavery, where Christians are likely to be applauded for our social action, we are quick to stand up and speak out. Yet on controversial issues like homosexuality and abortion, where Christians are likely to be criticized for our involvement, we are content to sit down and stay quiet. It's as if we've decided to pick and choose which social issues we'll contest and which we'll concede. And our picking and choosing normally revolves around what is most comfortable - and least costly - for us in our culture." Wow!!! That is just in the introduction! Platt really takes a look at the Scriptures in light of the world that we live in today, and he challenges Christ followers to truly follow Christ and live the Word of God out loud. He challenges Christ follower to live a life of "counter culture." If you like to read and you like to be challenged with the uncomfortable, this book is for you! I highly recommend it!