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.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About 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.
Table of Contents
Difficult Love 21
A Hopeful Repentance 33
Holy War 41
Prayer Scandals 51
It's Not Nice to Be Nice 59
Love That Makes Enemies 71
Wretched Individualism 81
Good Warnings 93
The Joy of Unfulfilled Desire 101
Sobering Power 111
Mercifully Irrelevant 121
Really High-Demand Religion 131
Gracious Impatience 139
Harsh Tutors of Love 147
The Storm before the Calm 157
Forsaken by Grace 165
Fearsome Love 175
Discussion Questions for Small Groups 189
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jesus Mean and Wild challenges our culturally tinged notions of the gentle, kind nature of Jesus with snippets from the gospel of Mark where He more closely resembles God as we see Him in the OT. A powerful book that helps one see why the full nature of God is both more loving, and more to be feared than we realize.
I think this book is great. It deals with all the Scriptures you've wondered about and teachers and preachers love to skip or explain away. No sentimental image of Jesus here. It portrays Him as the tough, plain spoken, sometimes downright rude person he often was as he was portrayed in the Gospels. No namby pamby, meek and mild Jesus here. The book warns against creating a Jesus in your imagination that does not now, and never existed. It's well documented and extremely thought provolking. I plan to read it again and I very seldom like a book that much. Do yourself a favor and try it.