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Jesus Brand Spirituality: He Wants His Religion Back Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 27, 2008
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Ken is the author of several books, including Mystically Wired: Exploring New Realms in Prayer (Thomas Nelson 2010); and most recently A Letter To My Congregation: An Evangelical Pastor's Path to Embracing Those Who are Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Into the Company of Jesus (ReadTheSpirit, 2014).
Ken was the founding pastor of Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor, served for seven years on the national board of Vineyard USA, and is now on the national advisory board for Blue Ocean Faith. Ken is active in national evangelical environmental initiatives and efforts to open a new dialog between people of faith and science. He is a BioLogos grant recipient.
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Everyone has there opinion as to what the church needs to be and do. In the end, my prayer is that it is books like this one that shape the conversation. For one thing, even as it remains deeply committed to the path of Christ, there's a real spirit of generosity to Wilson's work. He has engaged other Christian traditions, not in attempt to prove where they're wrong, but to learn. And he's learned much.
And, like any good pastor, he demonstrates an ability to present his learning in a way that's accessible and compelling for others. The book in fact enters into heavy duty theological territory. But you hardly know it because of how engagingly and incisively Wilson navigates through it.
Wilson writes from the perspective of a self professed non-recovering Jesus Freak from the late 1960's which makes me think that when Ken Wilson says that "Jesus brand spirituality" is the path a pilgrim might take that is earthy, mystical, and curious---I believe him. The believability of his storied life and the storied life of "brand Jesus" as they mingle together with the cultural shifts of the past 30 or so years is refreshing too. In short, it is refreshing to hear a baby boomer admit the difficulties of the American church while at the same time not willing to draw a fresh new bath of water and get a new baby, if I may stretch the metaphor a bit.Read more ›
"the world is a mystical playground where life seemed to blossom wherever [Jesus] went" . . . "something as deep as the ocean seems to be awakened within us" . . . "heaven is what happens when all our connections here on earth light up with love" . . . "open your eyes and your heart toward the wonder that the world is an expression of" . . . "what is the fire in the equation by which the universe came into being?"
But it's not all pictures and poetry. There is solid content for deep thinking, as in his exploration of how we know what we know, and his probing the different biblical views of the atonement, especially the substitutionary one.
Orthodox in belief, Wilson arrives at his conclusions in his own original and thoughtful ways. He reclaims and continues his own fresh journey begun in the Jesus Movement of the late 1960s and 70s, distinguishing it from more dogmatic approaches to the right and left. He is a centrist who, similar to Richard Foster in Streams of Living Water, maps current Christianity in several great traditions and sees the Spirit moving separated believers toward the center where all the treasures blend and wonderful things happen. Jesus is the great treasure buried in the messy field of religion. We are not to worry about the destiny of people of other faiths who will never hear of Jesus. We have heard, and our task as pilgrim believers is to take one step closer to knowing him.
Writing with an evangelist's heart, Wilson deplores mean-spiritedness in religion and anything else that puts people off from moving toward Jesus. "We should bristle less and listen more.Read more ›
Not the entire book, but passages and the last few chapters were dense with raised questions and suggestions for approaches to those questions; mainly that we each need to find our own answers, while knowing that we will never be 100% right, and realizing that we are, in fact, part of communities in which we are invested (social capital).
A few interesting passages then my own experience.
"The closer you get to knowing..., the less you feel that you actually know." Wilson - spends a few pages on this, making notable philosophical observations on this apparently clear statement. If you believe it, you will agree, and if you don't, you may be convinced.
"God is love, properly understood." Wilson - he explains this in a lot of detail, and in a thoughtful way.
" 'The one who fears is not made perfect in love.' " 1 John 4:16 - Wilson makes a few possible interpretations, then warns of the dangers in assuming that our interpretation is the correct one, when there is no way to say so definitively.
No, I was not converted, nor had a spiritual experience; but I found myself applying his questions to my own beliefs, and noting that for some important ones that I should put more thought into why I think certain things.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ken Wilson is a brilliant thinker and speaker. His insight into following Jesus will raise as many questions as it answers. I wish he would write more frequently.Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
The author admires his own fuzzy thinking way too much to understand the Bible. Much of what he writes doesn't actually mean anything, for example, "Maybe a starting point is as... Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by Lilly
Ken Wilson, Senior Pastor of the Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan has written a very readable account of how he sees a 21st century spirituality based on the way of Christ. Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by Gary Meade
Can you judge a book by its cover? In this case, the cover tells a lot. Start with the telltale little "TM" tucked next to "Jesus Brand." You see, "Jesus Brand" IS a brand! Read morePublished on January 20, 2011 by DC Steven
"He wants his religion back." Those were the words appearing on the front cover of this book, which persuaded me to buy the book. Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by John Gibbs
Just so you know. I think a great deal of this book. I think it's an extraordinary book. I've read it and reread it. And what happens is it grows. It ramifies. Read morePublished on May 17, 2008 by W. Elkington