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A More Christlike Way sets forth a vision for following Jesus that is in keeping with the kind of faith that first turned the world upside own two thousand years ago Recently I have read a few books that have helped me in my ongoing wrestling with the violent Old Testament image of God that remains so prevalent in contemporary evangelicalism None was helpful than Brad Jersak s A More Christlike God in convincing me that the invisible God as revealed in Jesus Christ gives us a reliable and complete picture of the true God than much of what is conveyed throughout the Old TestamentI frankly wondered how Brad would be able to live up to this high standard in his seuel A More Christlike Way He Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward (Hh did notisappointSo much of what I have learned in my lifetime about Christian Major Westhavens Unwilling Ward discipleship prioritized belief systems and obedience to commandments Thankfully Jersak expands on whatiscipleship masters such as Dallas Willard have taught about the importance of simply focusing on the Jesus Way as most succinctly and fully revealed in Jesus infamous Sermon on the MountThere was much I appreciated about this book but I will focus on just a few points First Jersak oes a marvelous job of clearly setting apart the Jesus Way from the istortions represented in the recent spread of nationalism and in the growth in partisan politicization of the Christian religion most clearly represented in the American Christian Right He reveals the How to Disappear dangers for Jesus followers of becoming so strongly affiliated with our position on the political spectrum whether left or right the we end up creating a new religion out of our politics that supplants the Jesus Way as revealed in the Sermon on the Mount Second Jersak helps us grapple with the way of retributive violence that continues to prevail in much of Christendomespite the contrasting Way of the Cross which would lead us to overcome evil from a posture of self giving weakness rather than punishing it from a position of retributive power How could we have missed the cruciform way that Jesus revealed on the cross This is so much than a strategy for forgiving sin It is a template for us to follow in responding to evil and violenceBy the way Brad may be the first other person I know who has experienced the 1979 movie Apocalpyse Now in the same transformative way that I Act Like You Know did as a young man of 20 years I would never see war in the same way again after that jolt in the theatre I really appreciated Brad sescription in his book of his exchange of letters with the lead male actor in that movie Martin Sheen a self proclaimed Jesus followerThird Brad has some good things to say about prayer that I found very helpful He was able to capture the strengths and the shortcomings of both the charismatic and contemplative approaches to prayer that I found helpful in sorting through some of my own A Guide to Americas Sex Laws difficulties with prayerFinally this is a very personal book Brad becomes increasingly transparent in speaking out of his own personal struggles along the Way revealing his weaknesses as well as his struggles with violent fantasies against perpetrators of evil in the world as well as against those who haveirected violence at him and the members of his family The truth he sets forth in this book is much than a theoretical set of principles It is a way that has been learned through his own personal shedding of blood sweat and tears This is a very good book a natural and necessary extension of what Brad introduces in his groundbreaking preuel leaving us with a valuable and relevant companion set on knowing and following Jesus that is highly relevant for our current political climate Jersak has a casual conversational tone in his writing It s a Agewise disarming rhetoricalevice it allows those who wouldn t normally read books in this genre to understand him and it isarms those who would be predisposed to isagree with him In one sense it s nice to read a book on orthopraxy that A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World decidedly isn t systemati. Iving Facet 2 – Radical Hospitality Facet 3 – Radical Unity Facet 4 – Radical Recovery Facet 5 – Radical PeacemakingForgiveness Facet 6 – Radical Surrender Facet 7 – Radical CompassionJustice Finally Jersak closes with “A More Beautiful Vision Abba’s ‘I have aream speech’” A More Christlike Way sets forth a vision for following Jesus that is in keeping with the kind of faith that first turned the world upside own two thousand years ag.
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This is the follow up book to Brad Jersak s a Christlike God He has a chapter on econstruction and suggests reformation is a better term He has 4 chapters on unchristlike ways to live moralism partisan moralism retributive factionalism and nationalism civil religion He is careful to Anyone define his terms to not be simplistic He offers 7 radical he means root orramatic alternative Christlike ways Here he gets uite personal about his own emons he wrestles I found the book a bit hard going and took time to igest and a The Christlike way as Radical Self Giving Radical Hospitality Radical Unity Radical Recovery Radical Peacemaking and Forgiveness Radical Surrender Radical Compassion and JusticeSo much better than the moralism partisan amoralism factionalism and nationalism that our times has on offer Overall I was not a fan of this book However there were good tidbits here and there especially about judgement and hate I lost interest through most parts Boggs due to the author seemingly continuing on about something for far too long Do not let the religious theme stop you from reading this book I am not religious and reallyon t know much about religion However I am constantly trying to be a better person This book helped me to clearly see my faults and understand them so that I can work on fixing them GoodreadsGiveaways In this seuel to Brad Jersak s majestic A More Christlike God A More Beautiful Gospel the author considers what a new and true humanity flowing from the theology of the first book would look like Taking our understanding of the God of triune Love whose cruciform and kenotic nature is revealed perfectly in Christ we are lead on a journey to Battleground Chicago discover what it means in practice for us to follow the path forged by JesusAnd what a journey that is Jersak is unafraid to tackle some of theifficult issues of our time from a firmly Christ centred perspective starting with what it means to identify as Christian when Christianity has become tarnished by the unChristlike behaviour of some adherents He proposes a new approach to Albert Camus deconstructing a toxic faith before introducing the Jesus Way in ScriptureWhatever your political persuasion part 2 will challenge as Brad considers how faith is lead astray through various isms The book concludes with an exposition of a beautiful faith expressed through seven radical facets ending with a truly inspiring visionA More Christlike Way can be read without having completed the earlier book particularly if you are already familiar with Cruciform Theology Nevertheless I recommend reading A More Christlike God first not just because it is a clear and easilyigested introduction and overview of the cruciform way of thinking but also because it is helpful to follow Jersak s progression from theory to practiceI had high expectations because the preuel was a foundational pillar of my theology I am Bitter Choices delighted to report that A More Christlike Way is a worthy successor and stimulating read from which I have learnt a greateal about the human aspects of our cruciform pilgrimageDisclosure I was given a copy of the book to review Excellent book Brad gives clarity of Jesus from scripture and His purpose and now our purpose in living out life with a foundation of Love in reflecting our Lord through out are lives Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewI was originally interested in reading this book for two reasons 1 to learn to lead a Christ centered life I believe that in my heart that whatever is wrong with this world so much meanness and anger that Jesus must be the answer I found myself wondering what ever happened to the WWJD what would Jesus Bill Veecks Crosstown Classic do bracelets that everyone was wearing a fewecades ago and 2 Confession time to use it s info as ammo to beat conservatives over the head for their support and condoning unchristian like behavior of our countries leaders separating children from their parents. Christianity’s infamy is that our way and our faith have not been very Christlike A More Christlike Way is a book for our time where so much of what is called Christianity has been hijacked to serve agendas that are Blood, Milk, Ink, Gold decidedly un Christlike In this seuel to A More Christlike God Brad Jersak an award winning author accomplished theologian grounded in Scripture and Patristics writes fromecades of pastoral experience A More Christlike Way is a book about Jesu.
Answering mass shooting with thoughts and prayers instead of legislation writing policies that make the wealthy even richer while the working poor chose between food and a place to live etcFirst the author really resonated with me as he makes a clear Mikhail Bakhtin definition between what is today called Christian and the term Christ follower which heefines those who follow or intend to the Jesus Way as lived and taught by Jesus Christ By that Carnival definition not all Christians are Christ followers and not all Christ followers are Christians Gandhi was a Hindu not a Christian But given hisevotion to following the Jesus Way of the Sermon on the Mount he was arguably a Christ follower So too are many millions of Muslims today This Citizens and Paupers doesn t mean that Muslims and Christians agree It s just that many have come to love and follow Jesus their orthodoxy notwithstanding He then goes on toiscuss some of the false idols the church has built today to justifying it moving ever further away from the teaching of Jesus He calls then the four fraudulent faiths Moralism puritanical religion Partisan Amoralism politicized faith Retributive Factionalism culture wars ideology Nationalism and Civil Religion clan and country Everything rang true to me See this is what I see people calling themselves Christians who are anything butHowever a few chapters in the finger was pointed at me I was not living the life Christ asks If someone says I love God but hates their brother or sister that person is a liar Someone who Bargaining for Brooklyn doesn t love a brother or sister whom they have seen how can they love God whom they haven t seen 1 Jn 420 Hmmm perhaps I judge too muchThere is a warning about otherness that is exactly opposite of what Jesus wants and how we all like to comfortably separate ourselves from those who areifferent Do you feel at home with the sueaky clean folks of good reputation Or with those on the messy margins Do you rub shoulders easily with the up and comer or the Come In and Hear the Truth down and outer Do you relate better to the religious elder or the rebellious sibling Either way how might we make space for all those who feel most other to us So for me to follow his example it s not about me embracing gay people or the homeless I alreadyo that easily Its about me inviting people I Carson Pirie Scott despise Rupert Murdoch and Mitch McConnell and those that actually wish too me harm to my table and loving them Not making nice to their faces but actually loving them Sheesh When Jesus said pick up the cross and follow me he Black Nationalism didn t say it would be easy The author gives numerous examples of howifficult it can be to learn to love our enemies whether it be internet trolls out to ruin a life or Islamic terrorists Hate breeds hate and can only continue to escalate It s only though love can we make the world a better placeIn summary while reading this book I highlighted over 300 passages This book touched me and enlightened me than I hoped It is beautifully written and speaks Critical Teaching and Everyday Life directly to my heart Highly recommend for those want to let go of anger and bring in love In this seuel to A More Christlike God Brad Jersak an award winning author accomplished theologian grounded in Scripture and Patristics writes fromecades of pastoral experience A More Christlike Way is a book about Jesus Christ Jersak lays out how Jesus Christ of Nazareth in his fully human nature forged the path for a new and true humanity We ll call it the Jesus WayThe author critiues four common counterfeits to the Jesus Way1 Moralism When Morality Becomes Heresy2 Partisan Amoralism When Politics Trump Morality3 Retributive Factionalism Are You on the Spectrum 4 Nationalism Civil ReligionHe then Consumed describes seven facets of a Christlike WayFacet 1 Radical Self givingFacet 2 Radical HospitalityFacet 3 Radical Unity Facet 4 Radical RecoveryFacet 5 Radical PeacemakingForgiveness Facet 6 Radical SurrenderFacet 7 Radical CompassionJusticeFinally Jersak closes with A More Beautiful Vision Abba s I have aream speech. S Christ Jersak lays out how Jesus Christ of Nazareth in his fully human nature forged the path for a new and true humanity We’ll call it the Jesus Way The author critiues four common counterfeits to the Jesus Way 1 Moralism When Morality Becomes Heresy 2 Partisan Amoralism When Politics Trump Morality 3 Retributive Factionalism Are You on the Spectrum 4 Nationalism Civil Religion He then escribes seven facets of a Christlike Way Facet 1 – Radical Self