Bradley Jersak: A More Christlike Way



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Do not let the religious theme stop you from reading this book I am not religious and really don t know much about religion However I am constantly trying to be a better person This book helped me to clearly see my faults and understand them so that I can work The Teachings of Spenser Carlyle: The Novel on fixing them GoodreadsGiveaways This is the follow up book to Brad Jersak s a Christlike God He has a chaptern deconstruction and suggests reformation is a better term He has 4 chapters n unchristlike ways to live moralism partisan moralism retributive factionalism and nationalism civil religion He is careful to define his terms to not be simplistic He ffers 7 radical he means root r dramatic alternative Christlike ways Here he gets uite personal about hi In this seuel to A More Christlike God Brad Jersak an award winning author accomplished theologian grounded in Scripture and Patristics writes from decades f pastoral experience A More Christlike Way is a book about Jesus Christ Jersak lays The Message of Salvation: By God's Grace, for God's Glory out how Jesus Christf Nazareth in his fully human nature forged the path for a new and true humanity We ll call it the Jesus WayThe author critiues four common counterfeits to the Jesus Way1 Moralism When Morality Becomes Heresy2 Partisan Amoralism When Politics Trump Morality3 Retributive Factionalism Are You Anonymums on the Spectrum 4 Nationalism Civil ReligionHe then describes seven facetsf a Christlike WayFacet 1 Radical Self givingFacet 2 Radical HospitalityFacet 3 Radical Unity Facet 4 Radical RecoveryFacet 5 Radical PeacemakingForgiveness Facet 6 Radical SurrenderFacet 7 Radical CompassionJusticeFinally Jersak closes with A More Beautiful Vision Abba s I have a dream speech A More Christlike Way sets forth a vision for following Jesus that is in keeping with the kind f faith that first turned the world upside down two thousand years ago In this seuel to Brad Jersak s majestic A More Christlike God A More Beautiful Gospel the author considers what a new and true humanity flowing from the theology f the first book would look like Taking ur understanding f the God Practical Ventriloquism of triune Love whose cruciform and kenotic nature is revealed perfectly in Christ we are leadn a journey to discover what it means in practice for us to follow the path forged by JesusAnd what a journey that is Jersak is unafraid to tackle some f the difficult issues f ur time from a firmly Christ centred perspective starting with what it means to identify as Christian when Christianity has become tarnished by the unChristlike behaviour f some adherents He proposes a new approach to deconstructing a toxic faith before introducing the Jesus Way in ScriptureWhatever your political persuasion part 2 will challenge as Brad considers how faith is lead astray through various isms The book concludes with an exposition On Riemanns Theory of Algebraic Functions and Their Integrals of a beautiful faith expressed through seven radical facets ending with a truly inspiring visionA More Christlike Way can be read without having completed the earlier book particularly if you are already familiar with Cruciform Theology Nevertheless I recommend reading A More Christlike God first not just because it is a clear and easily digested introduction andverview Achtung ... U-Boats Passing: A Saga of War at Sea (Vol. 2) of the cruciform wayf thinking but also because it is helpful to follow Jersak s progression from theory to practiceI had high expectations because the preuel was a foundational pillar Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat of my theology I am delighted to report that A More Christlike Way is a worthy successor and stimulating read from which I have learnt a great deal about the human aspectsf ur cruciform pilgrimageDisclosure I was given a copy f the book to review The Christlike way as Radical Self Giving Radical Hospitality Radical Unity Radical Recovery Radical Peacemaking and Forgiveness Radical Surrender Radical Compassion and JusticeSo much better than the moralism partisan amoralism factionalism and nationalism that ur times has n ffer Recently I have read a few books that have helped me in my ngoing wrestling with the violent Old Testament image f God that remains so prevalent in contemporary evangelicalism None was helpful than Brad Jersak s A More Christlike God. Christianity’s infamy is that ur way and Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls our faith have not been very Christlike A More Christlike Way is a book forur time where so much Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer of what is called Christianity has been hijacked to serve agendas that are decidedly un Christlike In this seuel to A More Christlike God Brad Jersak an award winning author accomplished theologian grounded in Scripture and Patristics writes from decadesf pastoral experience A More Christlike Way is a book about Jesu.

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To draw from his Night's Pawn own experience But there is no bait and switch Insteadf prescribing the Jesus Way in absolutes he makes the matter a confessional Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) of how he tries and sometimes fails to liveut the message Jesus teachesThis book is at nce less theological but perhaps immediately helpful than its predecessor A More Christlike God A book like this could do serious heavy lifting for communities and new converts Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for an advance copy f this book in exchange for an honest reviewI was riginally interested in reading this book for two reasons 1 to learn to lead a Christ centered life I believe that in my heart that whatever is wrong with this world so much meanness and anger that Jesus must be the answer I found myself wondering what ever happened to the WWJD what would Jesus do bracelets that everyone was wearing a few decades ago and 2 Confession time to use it s info as ammo to beat conservatives ver the head for their support and condoning unchristian like behavior f ur countries leaders separating children from their parents answering mass shooting with thoughts and prayers instead f legislation writing policies that make the wealthy even richer while the working poor chose between food and a place to live etcFirst the author really resonated with me as he makes a clear definition between what is today called Christian and the term Christ follower which he defines those who follow r intend to the Jesus Way as lived and taught by Jesus Christ By that definition not all Christians are Christ followers and not all Christ followers are Christians Gandhi was a Hindu not a Christian But given his devotion to following the Jesus Way f the Sermon n the Mount he was arguably a Christ follower So too are many millions f Muslims today This doesn t mean that Muslims and Christians agree It s just that many have come to love and follow Jesus their rthodoxy notwithstanding He then goes n to discuss some f the false idols the church has built today to justifying it moving ever further away from the teaching Death by Inferior Design of Jesus He calls then the four fraudulent faiths Moralism puritanical religion Partisan Amoralism politicized faith Retributive Factionalism culture wars ideology Nationalism and Civil Religion clan and country Everything rang true to me See this is what I see people calling themselves Christians who are anything butHowever a few chapters in the finger was pointed at me I was not living the life Christ asks If someone says I love God but hates their brotherr sister that person is a liar Someone who doesn t love a brother r sister whom they have seen how can they love God whom they haven t seen 1 Jn 420 Hmmm perhaps I judge too muchThere is a warning about therness that is exactly Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 oppositef what Jesus wants and how we all like to comfortably separate urselves from those who are different Do you feel at home with the sueaky clean folks f good reputation Or with those n the messy margins Do you rub shoulders easily with the up and comer r the down and A Philosophy of Cinematic Art outer Do you relate better to the religious elderr the rebellious sibling Either way how might we make space for all those who feel most The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified other to us So for me to follow his example it s not about me embracing gay peopler the homeless I already do that easily Its about me inviting people I despise Rupert Murdoch and Mitch McConnell and those that actually wish to do me harm to my table and loving them Not making nice to their faces but actually loving them Sheesh When Jesus said pick up the cross and follow me he didn t say it would be easy The author gives numerous examples White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs of how difficult it can be to learn to loveur enemies whether it be internet trolls ut to ruin a life r Islamic terrorists Hate breeds hate and can Scab only continue to escalate It snly though love can we make the world a better placeIn summary while reading this book I highlighted In a World Created by a Drunken God over 300 passages This book touched me and enlightened me than I hoped It is beautifully written and speaks directly to my heart Highly recommend for those want to let gof anger and bring in lov. Iving Facet 2 – Radical Hospitality Facet 3 – Radical Unity Facet 4 – Radical Recovery Facet 5 – Radical PeacemakingForgiveness Facet 6 – Radical Surrender Facet 7 – Radical CompassionJustice Finally Jersak closes with “A More Beautiful Vision Abba’s ‘I have a dream speech’” A More Christlike Way sets forth a vision for following Jesus that is in keeping with the kind f faith that first turned the world upside down two thousand years ag.

In convincing me that the invisible God as revealed in Jesus Christ gives us a reliable and complete picture f the true God than much f what is conveyed throughout the Old TestamentI frankly wondered how Brad would be able to live up to this high standard in his seuel A More Christlike Way He did not disappointSo much f what I have learned in my lifetime about Christian discipleship prioritized belief systems and Giant Peach Yodel obedience to commandments Thankfully Jersak expandsn what discipleship masters such as Dallas Willard have taught about the importance Sinai and Zion of simply focusingn the Jesus Way as most succinctly and fully revealed in Jesus infamous Sermon n the MountThere was much I appreciated about this book but I will focus n just a few points First Jersak does a marvelous job f clearly setting apart the Jesus Way from the distortions represented in the recent spread f nationalism and in the growth in partisan politicization f the Christian religion most clearly represented in the American Christian Right He reveals the dangers for Jesus followers f becoming so strongly affiliated with Iniquity our positionn the political spectrum whether left r right the we end up creating a new religion ut f ur politics that supplants the Jesus Way as revealed in the Sermon Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) on the Mount Second Jersak helps us grapple with the wayf retributive violence that continues to prevail in much Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook of Christendom despite the contrasting Wayf the Cross which would lead us to vercome evil from a posture f self giving weakness rather than punishing it from a position Livin' de Life of retributive power How could we have missed the cruciform way that Jesus revealedn the cross This is so much than a strategy for forgiving sin It is a template for us to follow in responding to evil and violenceBy the way Brad may be the first The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter other person I know who has experienced the 1979 movie Apocalpyse Now in the same transformative way that I did as a young manf 20 years I would never see war in the same way again after that jolt in the theatre I really appreciated Brad s description in his book Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki of his exchangef letters with the lead male actor in that movie Martin Sheen a self proclaimed Jesus followerThird Brad has some good things to say about prayer that I found very helpful He was able to capture the strengths and the shortcomings Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind of both the charismatic and contemplative approaches to prayer that I found helpful in sorting through somef my The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta own difficulties with prayerFinally this is a very personal book Brad becomes increasingly transparent in speakingut f his wn personal struggles along the Way revealing his weaknesses as well as his struggles with violent fantasies against perpetrators f evil in the world as well as against those who have directed violence at him and the members f his family The truth he sets forth in this book is much than a theoretical set f principles It is a way that has been learned through his wn personal shedding f blood sweat and tears This is a very good book a natural and necessary extension f what Brad introduces in his groundbreaking preuel leaving us with a valuable and relevant companion set Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge on knowing and following Jesus that is highly relevant forur current political climate Excellent book Brad gives clarity Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars of Jesus from scripture and His purpose and nowur purpose in living The Witches Ball out life with a foundationf Love in reflecting Saving Charmaine: A Heaton Family Friends Series Book our Lord throughut are lives Overall I was not a fan f this book However there were good tidbits here and there especially about judgement and hate I lost interest through most parts due to the author seemingly continuing n about something for far too long Jersak has a casual conversational tone in his writing It s a disarming rhetorical device it allows those who wouldn t normally read books in this genre to understand him and it disarms those who would be predisposed to disagree with him In ne sense it s nice to read a book n The Deadline orthopraxy that decidedly isn t systematic in its instruction Life isn t lived in suchrganized ways But Jersak replaces the conceptual with the personal delving deeper into his wn story. S Christ Jersak lays ut how Jesus Christ Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling of Nazareth in his fully human nature forged the path for a new and true humanity We’ll call it the Jesus Way The author critiues four common counterfeits to the Jesus Way 1 Moralism When Morality Becomes Heresy 2 Partisan Amoralism When Politics Trump Morality 3 Retributive Factionalism Are Youn the Spectrum 4 Nationalism Civil Religion He then describes seven facets f a Christlike Way Facet 1 – Radical Self