Jesus Mean and Wild: The Unexpected Love of an Untamable God

Jesus Mean and Wild: The Unexpected Love of an Untamable God

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by Mark Galli
     
 

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Many Christians are used to the idea of a meek and mild Jesus, the stereotypical "nice guy." Countering these all too prevalent notions, Mark Galli offers a unique study of seventeen troubling passages from the Gospel of Mark to prove we should be anything but comfortable with Christ.
Highlighting the undeniable fact of an untamable and often militant

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Many Christians are used to the idea of a meek and mild Jesus, the stereotypical "nice guy." Countering these all too prevalent notions, Mark Galli offers a unique study of seventeen troubling passages from the Gospel of Mark to prove we should be anything but comfortable with Christ.
Highlighting the undeniable fact of an untamable and often militant Messiah, Galli gives readers a training manual in spiritual growth to awaken sleeping believers and transform them into devoted disciples. Hinging on the compelling nature of the love of God, he explains how this mean and wild Jesus shows us truer love than our pleasant construct ever could. Striking and bold, always rooted in Scripture, Jesus Mean and Wild will put readers on the road to true discipleship. Now available in trade paper.

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Publishers Weekly
Christianity Today editor Galli explores the less lovable side of the Christian deity, offering a well-written, thoroughly researched look at Jesus. "The warm and friendly Jesus, although an attractive idea, is but an idol," Galli says. He uses 17 passages in the Gospel of Mark to present a Jesus who is much less loving, gentle and patient than many Christians would like to believe. This Jesus can be stern, confrontational, purposefully confusing and even impatient. He sometimes shames and scares us, but loves us enough to draw us inexorably toward him: "For Jesus has come to us, the real Jesus-mean, wild, and pulsing with an unnerving and irresistible love." Although several other recent books, including Mark Buchanan's Your God Is Too Safe and R.T. Kendall's Out of Your Comfort Zone, have also traversed the God-is-dangerous territory, this one contributes much to the discussion; Galli's writing is clear and concise, his logic smooth, his knowledge of early Christian saints helpful, the discussion questions on target and his conclusions inescapable. Readers will come away with a disconcerting new understanding of "Jesus mean and wild." (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801071577
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Galli (MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary) is senior managing editor of Christianity Today in the Chicago area. A former Presbyterian minister, he is the author, coauthor, or editor of several books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Prayer, Preaching That Connects, and 131 Christians Everyone Should Know. Galli lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

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