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ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church [Paperback]

By Michael Frost (Author) & Alan Hirsch (Author)
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Pages   204
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.53"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2009
Publisher   Hendrickson Publishers
ISBN  1598562282  
EAN  9781598562286  

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ReJesus asks the following questions: * What ongoing role does Jesus the Messiah play in shaping the ethos and self understanding of the movement that originated in him? * How is the Christian religion informed and shaped by the Jesus that we meet in the Gospels? * How do we assess the continuity required between the life and example of Jesus and the subsequent religion called Christianity? * 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? These questions take us to the core of what the church is all about. Rather than reformation, the authors call their task re-founding the church because it raises the issue of the Church's true Founder or Foundation. This theme is of particular importance at the dawn of the twenty-first century as many attempt to address Christianity's endemic and long trended decline in the West. The authors feel that a spiritual, theological, missional, and existential crisis looms in the West.

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More About Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Michael Frost is vice principal of Morling College; founding director of the Tinsley Insitute at Morling college in Sydney, Australia; and a Baptist minister. He is the author of Jesus the Fool, Seeing God in the Ordinary, and Exiles, and the coauthor of The Shaping of Things to Come. He lives in Australia.

Michael Frost was born in 1961.

Michael Frost has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Shapevine
  2. Shapevine Missionals

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Fresh passion for Jesus-based life & mission  Mar 21, 2010
My pastor Toli Morgan inspired us recently when he said "Jesus really is amazing" and went on to tell us why. I loved the passionate appeal of Jesus that he portrayed.

It interests me the different pictures we have of Jesus. One of my earliest pictures of Jesus came from my Nana - a literal framed picture of Jesus. You would probably recognise the picture. Do you recall bearded lady Jesus on a Sunday School wall? With blue eyes and blond hair unlike anyone born in Palestine for hundreds of years before or after, this Jesus looks into the distance with the sun shining on his face. He looks inoffensive, unflappable, even spooky. It's a "break-glass-in-case-of-emergency" domesticated Jesus.

I am getting a different picture of Jesus from rereading the gospels and reflecting on Frost and Hirsch's new book ReJesus. It's a picture of Jesus that is radical, wild, dangerous, mysterious and with an agenda that is often quite different from mine.

"What Would Jesus Do (WWJD)?" becomes a very challenging question when I think about the sorts of things Jesus did. (Unfortunately, "WWJD?" can become narrowly used only in relation to personal morality, and I prefer asking "What is Jesus Doing?" so I can join in with what the risen and alive Jesus is doing.)

ReJesus takes a fresh look at Jesus and invites us on a quest to get Jesus back to the centre of church life. In the face of hypocrisy where terrible things have been promoted in Jesus' name, when Jesus is too often in our hearts but not our actions, where churches can tend to overspiritualise Jesus or trivialize him into a spiritual accessory, and in seeking "new ways of doing church", missional leaders Frost and Hirsch urge refounding, recalibrating and rebooting around a fresh understanding of Jesus.

I appreciated its passionate appeal, the heroes of faith scattered through its pages, the outline of historical depictions of Jesus, and the reminder that we serve a God who calls for our ultimate loyalty, beyond any sacred-secular divisions.

I have read lots of books on church over the last few years. The next three years I am keen to read more on Jesus, starting with a fresh engagement with Jesus in the gospels that ReJesus points me towards.

(Originally reviewed in 2009) Witness: The Voice of Victorian Baptists, (April), Exclusive Web Content, accessible at [...])
ReCalibrate Your Life Through ReJesus  Jan 10, 2010
This book is a difficult read for many. The authors could have made it much easier to deliver the same message. That being said however, it is an amazing book and like The SHACK is a life changer for those caught up in the formality and chains of organized religion. This book will forever change how you view the God-Man called Jesus and if you are not a follower already you will be if you have an open heart. In today's world of instant gratification and "me" mentality Jesus is a real person you can connect to. If you have avoided the traditional idea of church, if you are a rebel at heart but believe inside there is a God you will fall in love with the "Wild Messiah" Jesus Christ.
Moving to Missional Through the Restoration of a Wild Jesus  Oct 23, 2009
This book is from the authors of "The Shaping of Things to Come." "The Shaping" dealt with the practical methodology of missional outreach. "ReJesus" builds on this foundation with more of a theological framework. The major premise of the book was the need to "reJesus" the community or the world. The authors mean by this that a restoration of the true image of Christ must be presented to people. The authors feel that culture has made Jesus into a weak figure, and the missional church must reclaim the forceful Jesus of the Gospel. The chapters are interesting, especially the section about the development of artwork portraying Jesus throughout the centuries. There was also great insight into the nature of Jesus in regards to the nature of man. A person's concept of Christ is often tied to baggage from the past or misconceptions of the nature of God. A great quote is "Tell me about your Jesus, and I can tell you about yourself." There is a lot of truth to this. We too often make Jesus in support of whatever we deem important. This book might not give more ideas on doing missional evangelism, but it will provide great material and support for some of the missional projects within the congregation. An interesting read.
Let's "ReJesus" the Church!  Mar 17, 2009
ReJesus, by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch, is a book about seriously studying the Gospels in order to reform the Church into the image of Jesus Christ. Too often, especially in the USA, the Church has been made into the image of predominant culture. The same can be said of Jesus Himself. We create God in our image. in ReJesus Frost and Hirsch confront us with the Jesus of the Gospels, who is wilder than our Judeo-Christian culture would like. The Jesus of the Gospel means business.

I recommend this book. The illustrations and comparative studies in the lives of radical Jesus followers are also to be commended.
A Much Needed Book  Feb 5, 2009
The church is much like a jet airplane. There is an enigmatic power about a jet as it roars across the sky using its power to accomplish its mission, to reach its destination. Now imagine that jet, with all of its power, suddenly void of its instruments, void of its compass. In that scenario, not only does the jet become useless, it becomes dangerous. The church minus Jesus is like the jet minus its instruments. Sadly, this is the state of much of the church today--useless and dangerous. The church, as strange as it may sound, is in need of Jesus. In ReJesus, Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch provide the church with exactly what it needs...Jesus.

In a quick two hundred pages, Frost & Hirsch weave together theory, stories, examples, and diagrams that cause you to think, listen, dream, and pray. Above all, they cause you to question the place of Jesus in your ministry. Is Jesus the center of all that you do? Is he the source of mission? Is he the life of your community, or has Jesus been pushed to the margins in favor of other lords, such as religion or Christ-less theology? Having read previous books by both authors, I'm convinced that this book is the most important because it is about the most important topic of all. For those interested in missional church, this book serves as a welcome reminder that apart from Jesus there is no mission nor church. I will be using this book for years to come as we train leaders and church planters for mission.

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