A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel by Bradley JersakA More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel by Bradley Jersak

A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel

byBradley Jersak

Paperback | March 28, 2016

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What is God like? A punishing judge? A doting grandfather? A deadbeat dad? A vengeful warrior? 'Believers' and atheists alike typically carry and finally reject the toxic images of God in their own hearts and minds. Even the Christian gospel has repeatedly lapsed into a vision of God where the wrathful King must be appeased by his victim Son. How do such 'good cop/bad cop' distortions of the divine arise and come to dominate churches and cultures? Whether our notions of 'god' are personal projections or inherited traditions, author and theologian Brad Jersak proposes a radical reassessment, arguing for A More Christlike God: a More Beautiful Gospel. If Christ is "the image of the invisible God, the radiance of God's glory and exact representation of God's likeness," what if we conceived of God as completely Christlike—the perfect Incarnation of self-giving, radically forgiving, co-suffering love? What if God has always been and forever will be 'cruciform' (cross-shaped) in his character and actions? A More Christlike God suggests that such a God would be very good news indeed—a God who Jesus "unwrathed" from dead religion, a Love that is always toward us, and a Grace that pours into this suffering world through willing, human partners.

Title:A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful GospelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:354 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.74 inPublished:March 28, 2016Publisher:Plain Truth MinistriesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1889973165

ISBN - 13:9781889973166


Table of Contents

Part I - What is God?Competing Images of Will and Love1. What is God Really Like? / 32. Un-Christlike Images of God / 253. Freedom or Love? Competing Values in Western Culture / 494. God of Will or God of Love?The Willful God in Biblical Religion / 615. Word Made Flesh: The Christlike God / 81Part II - The Cruciform God6. Of Lions, Lambs and Donkeys / 977. The Cross as Divine Consent / 1198. The Cross as Divine Participation / 1419. God is Good and Sh** Happens:An Anti-Theodicy of the Cross / 161Part III - Unwrathing God10. Love and Wrath as Consent / 18311. Divine Wrath as 'Giving Over' / 20112. Unwrathing the Cross part 1: Gospel Metaphors / 22513. Unwrathing the Cross part 2: Pauline Metaphors / 24914. A More Christlike Message: The Beautiful Gospel / 26515. Epilogue: A More Christlike Way / 299Appendix:

Editorial Reviews

With theological integrity and open-hearted compassion, Brad Jersak creates a beautiful space for Jesus to challenge our views of God. A breath of clean and clarifying air.- WILLIAM PAUL YOUNGAuthor of The ShackThe centerpiece of Christian theology is the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ. The Scriptures as a whole and the witness of Jesus himself, corroborated by those who knew him best, is unrelenting in insisting on this. So why is there so much hate, so much contentiousness, so much ill feeling among those who claim to be his followers? Brad Jersak has spent his life among Evangelicals as a pastor, evangelist and writer. Mostly he has immersed himself in the company of the poor, the addicted, the outsiders. He is determined to recover the essence of the "beautiful" gospel for all of us. The conspicuous mark that characterizes every page of this winsome witness is that this is a "lived theology." He has given attentive detail to what is in the theological libraries, but is not content with that. He has worked it out on the streets and in the lives of those with whom he has chosen to share his life and Christlike God witness, a convincingly beautiful Gospel.- EUGENE H. PETERSON, PhDEmeritus Professor of Spiritual TheologyRegent College, Vancouver, BCThis excellent and much-needed book confronts with both open heart and very good mind the major obstacles that we have created for people in their journey toward God! "Why didn't people teach us this many years ago?" so many of us are saying. I am so very grateful that Brad Jersak is re-opening the door that Jesus had already opened 2000 years ago. It is so terribly sad that it was ever closed.- Fr. RICHARD ROHR, O.F.M.Center for Action and ContemplationAlbuquerque, New Mexico'Good souls many will one day be horrified at the things they now believe of God.' This prophecy of George MacDonald has found its fulfillment in Brad Jersak's journey from the 'volatile moral monster' to the face of Jesus' Father. A More Christlike God is a priceless treasure, worthy of serious reflection. Here the ancient song of light sings us new eyes: "Behold the Lamb, just like his Father." Here we are invited to take sides with Jesus against the way we see, expanding our minds, as St. Hilary said, until they are worthy of the theme, that we may live in Jesus' world.- C. BAXTER KRUGER, PhDAuthor of The Shack Revisited and PatmosI sometimes hear Christians express their faith and think, "The God you are talking about needs to accept Jesus into his heart!" This book is an altar call to all our images of God that fall short of the beauty of the Risen Jesus. Let these pages invite you to contemplate again the Creator who hears the cries of the oppressed-who was in Christ, on a cross, reconciling the world to himself.As the beauty of ancient Christianity rearticulates orthodoxy for tomorrow, we have yet to know what shape it must take, but like this book, you can be assured it will be more like the beauty of Jesus."- JARROD McKENNACo-Founder of First Home ProjectNational Director