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Monday, June 22, 2015

A More Christlike God

About the author:

Brad Jersak (PhD)
 is an author and teacher based in Abbotsford, BC. He is on faculty at Westminster Theological Centre (Cheltenham, UK), where he teaches New Testament and Patristics. He also serves as adjunct faculty with St Stephen's University (St. Stephen, NB). He is also the senior editor of CWR (Christianity Without the Religion) Magazine, based in Pasadena, CA.

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About the book:
A More Christlike God (April 2015)

What is God like? A punishing judge? A doting grandfather? A deadbeat dad? A vengeful warrior?

Believers and atheists alike typically carry and finally reject the toxic images of God in their own hearts and minds. Even the Christian gospel has repeatedly lapsed into a vision of God where the wrathful King must be appeased by his victim Son. How do such good cop/bad cop distortions of the divine arise and come to dominate churches and cultures?

Whether our notions of 'god' are personal projections or inherited traditions, author and theologian Brad Jersak proposes a radical reassessment, arguing for A More Christlike God: a More Beautiful Gospel. If Christ is "the image of the invisible God, the radiance of God's glory and exact representation of God's likeness," what if we conceived of God as completely Christlike---the perfect Incarnation of self-giving, radically forgiving, co-suffering love? What if God has always been and forever will be cruciform (cross-shaped) in his character and actions?

A More Christlike God suggests that such a God would be very good news indeed---a God who Jesus "unwrathed" from dead religion, a Love that is always toward us, and a Grace that pours into this suffering world through willing, human partners.
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My Thoughts:
Brad Jersak has written a thorough, thought provoking and helpful book that tackles a very important one views God and the gospel.  Throughout his book, Brad consistently throws a shining and revealing light on Jesus God's Son.  In the Foreword to the book, Brian Zahud says:
"Jesus is the Message of God.  Jesus is what God has to say.  Jesus is the full and faithful witness to how God is to be understood.  Jesus didn't come to save us from God, Jesus came to reveal God as Savior. Jesus didn't come to reconcile God to the world - Jesus came to reconcile the world to God.  If Jesus' life is the definition of God, the defining moment of Jesus' life is the Cross."
Brad spends a little over 300 pages fleshing out the above thoughts in a conversational toned book.  And while you won't agree with everything Brad has to share ( I did not), you will be left with much to think about and take to God's Word for Biblical study.  In that sense, this resource will be helpful to you.

*I received a copy of the book for the purpose of giving my honest review.

Happy Reading,