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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, Eugene Peterson
 

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The contemporary church loves to paint Jesus as gentle, meek ... nice. But in this striking book, Mark Galli introduces us to a different sort of savior-one who often makes other people feel decidedly uncomfortable.

Focusing on Jesus as he is portrayed in Mark's Gospel, Galli unveils the power of Christ in his militancy-an aspect frequently ignored in many

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The contemporary church loves to paint Jesus as gentle, meek ... nice. But in this striking book, Mark Galli introduces us to a different sort of savior-one who often makes other people feel decidedly uncomfortable.

Focusing on Jesus as he is portrayed in Mark's Gospel, Galli unveils the power of Christ in his militancy-an aspect frequently ignored in many churches today. Through biblical episodes, stories of saints-classic and contemporary-personal snapshots, and discussion questions, Galli shows that Christ's deep love for his people is richer and more difficult than we imagine. But it is in this persistent, fearsome, and untamed love that we can find true joy.

About the Author:
Mark Galli is the senior managing editor of Christianity Today. A former Presbyterian minister, he is the author or coauthor of several books, including 131 Christians Everyone Should Know and Beyond Smells and Bells

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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:
9780801012846
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(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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