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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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801071577
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 631,843
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

Foreword     9
Acknowledgments     13
Introduction     15
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
Notes     183
Discussion Questions for Small Groups     189

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Jesus Mean and Wild: The Unexpected Love of an Untamable God 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ThorneStaff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
jcb1238 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
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