Book Review: ReJesus Chapter Two

You can find a review of the intro here and chapter one here

rejesus-cover-v1-199x2993Some thoughts from chapter two: 

The focus on chapter two is the need to ReJesus the individual as disciples of Jesus. The authors argue that the life of the disciple should directly be influenced by our Christology, and our Christology then directly influences our missiology, which then determines our ecclesiology. Basically our mission in life and how we operate that mission comes directly from our belief in the way of Jesus. 

Not everyone agrees with the authors conclusions. Some argue that our Ecclesiology should come second, then Missiology should come third: Christology>>>>Ecclesiology>>>Missiology. I prefer to see it more from a triangle perspective: Jesus is the head and missiology and ecclesiology are both essential, but one is not more vital then the other-they need to co-exist! 

Some quotes:

“If it is not already clear, let us state it emphatically: We believe that Christology is the key to the renewal of the church in every age and in every possible situation it might find itself in.”

“Christology must determine missiology (our purpose and function in this world), which in turn must determine ecclesiology (the cultural forms and expressions of the church).

“One of the most urgent reasons why we need to re-envision ourselves around Jesus is that our imaginations so easily become captive to the dominant forces in our culture, whether those forces are economic, political, religious or ideological.”

Book Review: ReJesus Chapter 1

rejesus-cover-v1-199x2992Before I review chapter one of ReJesus, I wanted to share some thoughts that Jonathan had here and here. Also, here is a link to an interview by Alan Hirsch via Ed Stetzer. 

Quotes from chapter one: 

“By dying for us to set us free from the penalty of our sinfulness, he doesn’t nullify the call to good works and godly living.” 

“The process of reJesusing the church will begin with a rediscovery of the fierce and outrageous life of Jesus.”

“Through the eyes of Jesus, we will see God differently, no longer as a distant father figure, but through the paradigm of the missio Dei to find the sent and sending God. Second, we will see the church differently, no longer as a religious institution but as a community of Jesus followers devoted to participating in his mission. We call this the participatio Christi. And third, through Jesus’ eyes we will see the the world fresh, not simply as fallen or depraved but as bearing the mark of the imago Dei-image of God.”

“When we see God as Jesus understood him, we see a God so devoted to his broken planet that he issues himself forth to redeem it.” 

“It us one of our greatest mistakes to equate the church with the kingdom of God. The kingdom is much broader than the church-it is cosmic in scope. The church is perhaps the primary agent of the kingdom but must not be equated fully with it. We need to be able to see the kingdom activity wherever it expresses itself and join with God in it.”

My thoughts: 

The authors are laying a foundation in chapter one. Basically they are promoting the idea that God is on a mission (missio Dei) and he calls us to be ambassadors for that mission. Yet, we’ve (current Western culture) have domesticated Jesus and replaced him with religion.  Therefore we need to be “reJesused” so we can get back to the original plan of God and participate (participatio Christi) and bring redemption to humanity which had been created in the imago Dei-image of God.

Thoughts On ReJesus

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I’ve decided to do a chapter by chapter review on ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church.

Missional is all the rage these days. But I’m worried we may water-down the importance and meaning of missional. No I don’t think we need to have a post-missional discussion yet. I think we need to do our best to stay focused on the task at hand, which is: 

1. How do we become missional followers of Jesus from an individual perspective? How does the story of Jesus change me as a person?
2. How do we become missional followers of Jesus as people involved in a larger global community which is known as the church or God’s people?
3. How does God’s people live on-mission outside the so-called walls of the church? How do we influence culture, love our neighbor etc?

 

Thooughts from the Introductions

H&F asks some key questions:

 -“What ongoing role does Jesus the Messiah play in shaping the ethos & self-understanding of the movement that originated in him?”
– “In how many ways do we domesticate the radical Revolutionary in order to sustain our religion and religiosity?”
– “How can a rediscovery of Jesus renew our discipleship, the Christian community, and the ongoing mission of the church?”

“It seems to us that a constant, and continual, return to Jesus is absolutely essential for any movement that wishes to call itself by his name.”

“Surly the challenge for the church today s to be taken captive by the agenda of Jesus, rather than seeking to mold him to fit our agendas, no matter how noble they might be.”

“The challenge before us is to let Jesus be Jesus and to allow ourselves to be caught up in his extraordinary mission for the world.”

“And so any attempt to reJesus the church must also recover a real sense of the radical and revolutionary nature of what it means to follow JEsus in the current  Western context.”

“Christology is the study and examination of the entire phenomenon of Jesus, including his person and work and teachings, for the purpose of determining in what ways the various elements of his life and activity can be emulated by sinful human beings.” 

“ReJesus is an attempt to reinstate the central role of Jesus in the ongoing spiritual life of the faith and in the life and mission of God’s people. More specifically, it is an attempt to recalibrate the mission of the church around the person and work of Jesus.”

Book Review: Chronological Study Bible

I’ve recently received The Chronological Study Bible from Thomas Nelson. Needless to say I did not read the entire text. I spent a few weeks doing my morning devotions from this Bible. Because of that I feel like I have a good feel for what the publishers were trying to accomplish.

First of all let me say that I’m thoroughly impressed with the artwork and amazing colors. It really makes reading the Bible enjoyable. 

The text is arranged in chronological order. So if you’ve read the Bible over and over, this can really be refreshing and it can also help you understand the events as they happened. The point is not to change the canonical order of scripture but to help us grasp the Biblical narrative as it played out. 

They used the NKJV Translation and the Bible is divided into Nine Epochs. Each Epoch has a through introduction and  I did enjoy the various study tools that was provided. They also provided a legitimate concordance. Throughout the text you will find great study tools that will benefit the reader. 

Don’t get me wrong, I would not make this my permanent Study Bible. But I do think it adds value to my collection. I’m thinking about reading it as a devotion in 2009 and I would recommend it.

Book Review: The Truth About You

 

Marcus Buckingham is one of my favorite authors. Not that long ago Marcus brought to the forefront the need to make sure we are focused on our strengths. It’s been really helpful for many people. So when I had the opportunity to review his latest work I was excited. 

The Truth About You is not really a book. It’s more like an experience. It’s basically a multi-media toolkit that includes a small book, memo pad and DVD. You really have to take time to think and process the information so you can put it to use. The tool kit helps you do that. 

The book really deals with 3 Myths// 3 Truths. As always Marcus tries to help us discover our strengths by by neutralizing our weaknesses. The book is a quick read. I know for me it not only reminded me that I need to stay focused on what I do best, but it helped me create a pathway to do just that. 

The one aspect that I did find frustrating was the book could not come out of the case. It felt a little awkward. But it’s truly a good tool and I would definitely recommend it.