In a search on Baptist Press, Platt's name can be found in numerous entries. Through the years, the pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., has drawn media attention for his involvement with international missions, speaking on numerous panels and at various national events that include the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference and giving the SBC annual meeting sermon in 2011. He also is known for being a strong advocate for adoption, and writing the New York Times bestseller "Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream."
Following are headlines, dates, brief descriptions and links to a few of the Baptist Press stories that included coverage of Platt.
Platt, Greear preach & learn in Indonesia
Nov. 2, 1010 -- Platt was one of about 10 pastors and mission leaders from across the United States who traveled to Indonesia in 2010 to preach in churches, seminaries and Baptist conventions. The pastors delivered messages about the cost of witnessing and the worth of Jesus Christ. In the article, Platt said seeing unreached peoples put their trust in Christ will come at great cost. "But in the end, it will be totally worth it.
"... When you make disciples, churches start happening and churches start growing and churches start multiplying. What happens when every follower starts doing that? Then we realize, 'Wow, together we are a part of a global purpose that has the potential to spread the Gospel to every people group and to every nation.'" http://www.bpnews.net/33992/platt-greear-preach--learn-in-indonesia
50K participate in 6-hour 'Secret Church'
April 28, 2011 -- Platt led a six-hour simulcast called "Secret Church" that involved biblical teaching and prayer for the persecuted church. This was among similar simulcasts that Platt has led. More than 50,000 people across the world participated in the April 22, 2011, simulcast. Secret Church was born from Platt's experiences teaching in underground house churches throughout Asia. "People are hungry for the Word," Platt said in the article. "There's really nothing special or creative about . It's just the study of the Word and then prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters. The Word itself does the work. One of our goals in Secret Church from the beginning has been to study not just for our own sake, but for the sake of the nations." http://www.bpnews.net/35160/50k-participate-in-6hour-secret-church
June 16, 2011 -- Pastors are responsible to lead their churches to engage the world's unreached people groups with the Gospel, Platt said in the Southern Baptist Convention annual sermon June 15, 2011. Platt pointed to northern Yemen, which has a population of about 8 million people but only about 20-30 Christians. Worldwide, he said, there are "masses of people groups -- millions upon millions upon millions of people who do not have access to the Gospel," Platt said. Preaching from Matthew 24:14, Platt said Christians are often confused about their message, their mission and their motive. Christians' message, Platt said, is that God is King and that He rules over all. "Our God is sovereign over all nature," Platt said. "The wind blows at His bidding. The sun radiates with heat from His hands. Every single night, our God brings out the stars one by one and He calls them each by name." URL=http://www.bpnews.net/35549/platt-millions-upon-millions-need-jesus]
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