Jesus Journey: Shattering the Stained Glass Superhero and Discovering the Humanity of God

Jesus Journey: Shattering the Stained Glass Superhero and Discovering the Humanity of God

by Trent Sheppard


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Jesus was human, like you and me. If the gospel is true, he still is.

Christians worldwide believe that Jesus is God. But this belief wasn’t the starting point for Jesus’ earliest followers. While Jesus’ humanity was a given for the disciples, his divinity was a truth they grew into believing—it was a journey of faith. As Christians today, we are also called into a faith journey—this time, to rediscover Jesus’ humanity.

Yes, we believe that Jesus is God, but do we truly believe that Jesus is human? And if so, how does that transform our own experience of being human?

Through eye-opening yet down-to-earth reflections, Jesus Journey invites you to encounter Jesus again—as if for the first time—by experiencing his breathing, heart-beating, body-and-blood, crying-and-laughing humanity.

Join Bible teacher and storyteller Trent Sheppard as he shines new light on the vibrant humanity of the historical Jesus through an up-close look at Jesus’ relationships with Mary and Joseph, with the God he called Abba, with his closest friends and followers, and how, ultimately, his crucifixion and resurrection finally and forever redefine what we mean by the word God. Come encounter the human who radically transforms our view of God.

Come encounter the God who forever changes what it means to be human.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310347767
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,288,223
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Trent Sheppard is a teacher, writer, and Alpha New England’s chaplain for college students. He lives in Boston with his wife, Bronwyn, and their three children. Alongside his work with students, Trent helps to lead a neighborhood house church that seeks the wellbeing of their community. He is a sought-after communicator and his teaching and travels have taken him to fifty nations.

Table of Contents

Author's Note 9

Introduction: Jesus Had an Aunt 15

Part 1 Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

1 One Hundred Days 29

2 "Oh, Mother!" 34

3 Defending Mary 39

4 Joseph and Jesus 44

5 Bluntly Put 49

6 Everyman 54

7 Wiser and Taller 59

8 Family Ties 64

Part 2 Jesus and Abba

9 Self-Aware 71

10 Second 76

11 (On and On) 81

12 Hungry 86

13 If You Are 91

14 Eat, Jump, Bow 96

15 Real Authority 101

16 Intervention 106

Part 3 Jesus and his Friends

17 His Cousin, of Course 113

18a Nicknamed 118

18b Sons of Thunder (and Their Mom) 123

19 Contagious Touch 128

20 Mary, Mary 133

21 The Rock 138

22 Contagious Kingdom 143

23 But Was He Funny? 148

24 Human Thoughts 153

Part 4 Blood, Sweat, and Tears

25 Holy Fury 161

26 Holy Waste 166

27 Jesus and Judas 171

28 Eating the Story 176

29 Another Garden 181

30 Sharing the Burden 186

31 No Escape 191

32 In the End 196

Part 5 Breakfast on the Beach

33 Silent Saturday 203

34 "Good Morning!" 208

35 Sunday Rising 213

36 Biology 2.0 218

37 The Gardener 223

38 New Rules for a New World 228

39 Ascension 233

40 In the Beginning 238

Epilogue 245

Acknowledgments 250

Notes 252

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