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There are too many Jesuses running rampant in the world today.

Culture has introduced us to Hippie Jesus, Postcard Jesus, and Get-out-of-hell-free Jesus. There's also Grammy Award Jesus, Therapist Jesus, Role Model Jesus, and Buddy Jesus.

The question is: which one do you worship?

He may be the most popular, the most cited, the most admired, and the most controversial figure in all of history, but Jesus is more than a generic brand, a logo, or a pick-me-up. He has been fictionalized, humanized, satirized, and romanticized. And yet he still isn't recognized.

Author Jared C. Wilson cuts through the glossy, modern perceptions of Jesus to rediscover the original and raw person who confronted the religious status quo and changed the world. Sometimes controversial, sometimes humorous, but always truthful, Your Jesus Is Too Safe challenges readers to leave behind their feel-good Savior and embrace the true and living Christ.

Open this book and take a closer look at who Jesus really is.

About the Author

Jared C. Wilson is the director of content strategy for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and managing editor of For the Church, Midwestern’s site for gospel-centered resources. He is a popular author and conference speaker, and also blogs regularly at Gospel Driven Church hosted by the Gospel Coalition. His books include Gospel Wakefulness, Gospel Deeps, The Pastor’s Justification, The Storytelling God, and The Wonder-Working God.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (June 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825439310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825439315
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a shopping mall in the Philippines a friend of mine found a Velvet Elvis styled painting of Jesus on a motorcycle. Though it didn't have a description the picture painted a thousand words of Son of God as a Harley rider and the Disciples as his biker gang. Depending on your point of view this could be gospel truth, heresy or just plain funny.

It seems that many people these days use Jesus as a commodity to help brand their own manufactured religion. We have social gospel Jesus, environmentally friendly Jesus, Republican Jesus, reformed Jesus, hippie Jesus, liberal Jesus, and bless-me Jesus. In his book, Your Jesus Is Too Safe, author Jared Wilson sets out to correct these imposters and get people back to roots of the historical, biblical Jesus. He does this by writing about twelve different biblical perspectives of the Son of God- the promise, prophet, forgiver, man, shepherd, judge, redeemer, king, sacrifice, provision, Lord, and Savior. It is an effective remedy for those who have missed a point or two along the way, reminding us that Jesus' roles and personality are very unique and diverse, purposeful and sufficient.

However, Wilson's book is not the definitive work on the life and times of Jesus. If you tried to describe anyone from 12 different perspectives you would invariably leave out some important things. For instance I could write about my dad as a father, son, friend, husband, artist, and sculptor and leave out many other important facets to his life. How these different traits interact with each other is also significant. Our roles do not stand alone like the hard sides of a diamond just touching at the edges, but are intricately woven together to tell a rich narrative.
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Jared is not your standard, everyday, run of the mill, grits and butter sort of preacher/teacher. He's the former pastor of Element, a missional church in Nashville, as well as a blogger over at The Gospel Driven Church. And now, with the publishing of his first book, Jared is a first-class author. How do I qualify this? I mean, come on, how many authors of what is essentially a systematic theology include references to Strong Bad, Die Hard, The Kid, My Buddy, and the Grateful Dead? I mean besides Mark Driscoll, of course. Or Todd Bentley. If he ever decided to write a systematic theology. Which would probably look pretty wild.

The qualification for my above assertion comes in Jared's systematic presentation of the biblical claims about Christ. Unlike so many who have remade Christ to fit their message, Jared's innovation only extends as far as the presentation. The Christ of the Gospels is examined from twelve different perspectives (shepherd, promise, sacrifice, etc). As each is considered, a full picture of Christ's message and mission for His followers comes into view.

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The picture of Christ that Jared paints is robustly biblical with some hints of Reformed theology (which, in my view, makes it even more robustly biblical). NT Wright and George Ladd are definitely influences here, the former informing Jared's thoughts concerning Christ's mission and the latter shaping his view of the kingdom of God.

In the intro, Jared sets us up by surveying Christianity in America. Each subsequent movement, whether it be the prosperity gospel, the altar call gospel, or the guru gospel, has rewritten Christ to fit their message. As such, Christians that wish to proclaim the true Christ must know Who they are serving in the midst of so many counterfeits.
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If you were to put the books of John Piper, N.T. Wright, and Mark Driscoll in a blender, what would you get? Jared C. Wilson's new book, Your Jesus Is Too Safe: Outgrowing a Drive-Thru, Feel Good Savior (Kregel, 2009). Jared has combined the best qualities from each of these pastors and given us a solid book on Jesus.

Full disclosure. Jared Wilson is a fellow blogger friend of mine. As a blogger myself, I am cheering him on, glad to see that the blogosphere is becoming a place for aspiring writers to hone their skills and try out new ideas. But don't think that I am recommending his book simply because he is a friend. Your Jesus Is Too Safe is a great book on Jesus for a number of reasons.

First, Jared brings together the passion of John Piper, the historical sensibilities of N.T. Wright and the irreverent humor of Mark Driscoll (without the crudeness). Early on in the book, it becomes clear that Jared reads widely and is willing to glean insights from the different streams of Christianity, and yet maintain a firm grasp on the gospel and the core doctrines of the faith.

Second, Jared relentlessly exposes the ways in which we try to tame Jesus:

Even the church itself is guilty when it comes to the marketing of Jesus. We've put our own gloss on him, our own spin. It's no wonder the world doesn't get Jesus, because we've spent decades selling a Jesus cast in our own image. Even our religious ancestors feared the stern taskmaster Jesus. This quasi-Puritan Jesus liked to smack you on the knuckles with a ruler when you got out of line. Later, we received Postcard Jesus - the Coppertoned, blond-haired, blank-stare Jesus of the gold-framed portrait, a bland, two-dimensional figure occupying moral tales that help us to be better people.
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