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Kissing the Leper: Seeing Jesus in the Least of These Paperback – March 1, 2006
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Brad Jersak's book is a gathering of field notes on Jesus-sightings among the disabled, the children, the prodigals, and the poor. He has a practiced and discerning eye and ear for bringing Jesus to notice among the least of these among whom Jesus is to be fed and welcomed and clothed and cared for and visited. This is first-hand witness, a freshly articulated documentary, on Jesus' story of the sheep and the goats (Matt. 25) with an emphasis on the sheep who served Jesus when they didn't know they were serving him. --Eugene H. Peterson
The Lord has put a pen in Brad's hand that has become a sword. In obedience to God, he is tearing holes in the old theology of exclusion, helping us to see Christ with new eyes. Some of us have been blinded to who God really is, but with new eyes, we'll embrace the outcasts that the Father is calling back home. The church will begin to let people know who Jesus truly is and take up its call to invite everyone to the Feat of God. Brad is one who has been called to repair cracks in our Christian foundations, and to rattle the church where it needs to be rattled. --Steve Nolte - Samuel's Mantle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Brad Jersak (PhD) is an author (theology, spirituality, political science), teacher (NT and Patristics at Westminster Theological Centre - Cheltenham, UK) and senior editor at PTM.org. After 20 years of pastoring and church-planting on society's margins, Kissing the Leper is a compendium of experiences where spirituality and justice intersect.
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There are several contributors, and maybe a couple dozen stories, finding Jesus in the most unlikely. Here's one:
Marshall Rosenberg tells of his grandmother meeting a bearded, scraggly beggar at the door, looking for some dinner. She asked him his name. "My name is Jesus," he replied. "Do you have a last name?" "I am Jesus the Lord." The man didn't have a home, didn't know where he'd be staying. "Would you like to stay here?"
He stayed seven years.
Would you have seen Jesus in this man? Without a driving compassion to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless, few would have seen more than a filthy lunatic. In this book, you'll meet Jesus among the sick, mentally and physically disabled, autistic, even someone with multiple personalities. Aids victims, addicts, gays. I think you'll meet just about everybody but a real leper.
Touching and refreshing, you'll finish the book with a deeper compassion and an eye for Jesus ... and maybe an open table.
Brad and his co-authors take readers into Fresh Wind and its' remarkable ministry. We learn about Jenni, Kathy, Lilut, and many other teachers. The least of these can teach us so much about Jesus and how we can truly love.
It is very difficult to describe the impact of this book except in saying that once you finish it, you want more. Just like drinking of Jesus, true stories of Jesus encounters always lead us to wanting more, and feeling refreshed.
Two very important lessons in ths book. Open temple, open Table. and Open Arms, Open heart. Love like you've never loved before. Serve like you've never served before.
"Kissing the Leper" is an amazing book from an amazing ministry.
Prepare to be inspired.