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ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church Paperback – November 1, 2008
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For anyone in the missional conversation in even the slightest way, this book addresses what is by far the most important thing about it theologically and practically. -- Dan Kimball, pastor and author, They Like Jesus but Not the Church --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Frost and Hirsch tear away false characterizations about Jesus and reveal a wild and radical revolutionary . . . anything but boring. This book is a huge leap in the right direction. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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They wrote in the Introduction to this 2009 book, “in our opinion, nothing is more important for the church in our day than the question of refounding Christianity… We seem a little lost, if truth be told, and no quick-fix church-growth solution can be found that can stop the hemorrhage. There is no doubt that we face a spiritual, theological, and existential crisis in the West…. both of us are somewhat obsessed with mission and what it means to be a missional people. But we both remain convinced that it is Christology that remains even more foundational and therefore the primary issue…. The core task of this book therefore will be to explore the connection between the way of Jesus and the religion of Christianity. We will attempt to address the Christian movement in the light of the biblical revelation of Jesus and to propose ways in which the church might reconfigure itself, indeed, recalibrate its mission, around the example and teaching of the radical rabbi from Nazareth.” (Pg. 5-6)
Later, they add, “So this is not primarily a book about renewal for its own sake, nor is it a book about Christology as a strictly theological discipline. Rather, it is an attempt to reinstate the central role of Jesus in the ongoing spiritual life of the faith and in the life and mission of God’s people. More specifically, it is an attempt to recalibrate the mission of the work around the person and work of Jesus. The book then is a work of missional Christology, if there is such a thing. It is an attempt to revision and revitalize our vision of Jesus as a master of history and Lord of the church against which, we are reminded, the gates of hell will not prevail … In short, it is about nothing less than reJesusing the church.” (Pg. 15)
They suggest, “Through the eyes of Jesus, we will see God differently, no longer as a distant father figure, but through the paradigm of the ‘missio Dei’ to find the sent and sending God. Second, we will see the church differently, no longer as a religious institution but as a community of Jesus followers, devoted to participating in his mission… And third, through Jesus’ eyes we will see the world afresh, not simply as fallen or depraved but as bearing the mark of … the image of God.” (Pg. 24)
They observe, “The WWJD campaign invited us to imagine how Jesus would respond to the cultural and religious issues of our day. However, this question tended to become captive to a religious pietism that limited the issue to private morality and then further trivialized into an international campaign that focused almost entirely on the sexual ethics of your adult Christians. This is unfortunate, because WWJD had in it the capacity to become a global movement that takes the claims that Jesus makes over all of life seriously indeed. We would like to relaunch the campaign but this time keeping the broader issues in mind as well… How would he respond to the environmental crisis?... What would Jesus do with our money and resources in a world of poverty and in need of grace and mercy?... WWJD must extend to the issues of economics, environment, and politics if we are to truly unlock the world-renewing power inherent in the question.” (Pg. 47)
They suggest, “Is it any wonder that Jesus is at home among the wild things? He inaugurated his public ministry by fasting for forty days in the wilderness where the wild beasts roam. He is untamed and unfettered, and his ministry is indicative of this. It runs amok wherever he goes. Indeed, Jesus conducts his ministry as a kind of fugitive… his public ministry is then conducted in a renegade fashion.” (Pg. 110)
They point out, “if you’ve ever met someone who believes in the resurrection but rejects the virgin birth, or who believes in the parables of grace but rejects the parables of judgment, chances are that person has been influenced by form criticism, or at least operates under the assumptions that many theologically liberal interpreters adhere to. Even the atheist writer Richard Dawkins… sees the contradictions in people who consider themselves Christians choosing which bits are binding and which are negotiable.” (Pg. 161)
They clarify, “We don’t wish to imply that doctrinal statements are useless. But doctrinal purity for its own sake has riven churches apart and led to the current proliferation of denominations and competing Christian agencies. For Paul, as for Peter, the gospel is Jesus and Jesus alone. Any doctrine that emerges and is developed into propositional statement must find its locus in the story of Jesus.” (Pg 196)
While they occasionally present Jesus as somewhat “wilder” than I think warranted, this is a very interesting book that will be of great interest to those studying the Emerging Church, and similar Christian movements.
Maybe it's just me, but the subtitle of the book "A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church" led me to believe that the book would show the wild side of Jesus in the Gospels, and how we, as followers of Jesus, can live more like Him in our world.
The book did a great job explaining why we should study the gospels and learn to live like Jesus, but didn't do a great job explaining how Jesus was wild, or how we could study the gospels to discover the wild Jesus.
Glimpes of the wild Jesus did come through. On pages 109-110, for example, they retold the story of Jesus confronting the demoniac near Gadara. It got my blood racing as I realized how wild Jesus really was in that situation! This is what I thought the book was going to contain.
Once I realized what the book was really about, I really enjoyed it, and would highly recommend it. The message it contains is sorely needed in Christianity today.
And who knows? Maybe Frost and Hirsch will come out with another volume entitled "ReJesus: reReading the Gospels for a Missional Church."
I figure the best way to do book reviews is to write excerpts from the book that stood out to me. I am not sure what you the reader likes to read, so I will just put parts of this book that I like to read and that caused me to think. The following are excerpts from ReJesus that I hope inspire you to move and to order this book.
"How can we call ourselves Christian unless what we are doing is built squarely on the rock of Jesus and takes it's direct agenda (and direct cues for its organizations and lifestyle) from him." Pg. 65
"Observers should be able to encounter Jesus in and though the life and community of his followers. People observing us aught to be able to discern the elements of Jesus' ways in out ways. If they cannot find authentic signals of the historical Jesus through the life of his people, then as far as we are concerned they have the full right to question out legitimacy." Pg. 79
"Jesus reveals God to us. God does not reveal Jesus to us. We cannot deduce anything about jesus from what we think w know about God; we must deduce everything about Godfrom what we know about Jesus." Pg. 132
"We need to pickle ourselves in the gospels. They must become out primary stories and reference point. There is no truer way to encounter Jesus afresh than prayerfully cycling through the Gospels and asking God to give us fresh insight into the remarkable person we find there. We must give our hearts, minds, souls, to the one around whom history turns." Pg. 162
"To be sure, we do not like gatherings (speaking of church services), of strangers who never meet or know each other outside of Sundays, who sit passively while virtual strangers preach and lead singing, who put up with second rate pseudo-community under the guise of connection with each other, who live different lives from Monday to Saturday than they do on Sunday, whose sole expression of worship is pop-style praise and worship, who rarely laugh together, fight injustice together, eat together, pray together, raise each others Children together, serve the poor together, or share Jesus with those who have not been set free." Pg. 172-173
As you can see, this book is about ReJesusing the church of Christ. It is a challenging look at how we are living out our faith in Jesus in our daily lives. I really liked this book. It is a bit technical, but it will carry you and open your eyes to the Church that Jesus prayed for and died for. I hope you enjoy.