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Review: The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth About The Humanity Of Christ

The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth About The Humanity Of Christ
The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth About The Humanity Of Christ by Patrick Henry Reardon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Sure, Jesus was the Son of God, which means he was fully man, but he was also fully God, right?”  That is certainly where most of us Christians like to draw the line.  After all, when we consider the majority of attacks on our faith, talking about Jesus’ humanity is really not a priority.  Why, then, in trying to defend our faith against those who deny the divinity of Christ do we bother looking into his humanity?

 That is perhaps a perfect question to bring you to read this impressive book by Patrick Henry Reardon.  The spotlight is turned to the humanity of Christ, his formation, and his understanding of his personal mission to save sinners.  Reardon talks about how it may be that Christ did not just know his goal was to die on the cross, but that he may have come to that understanding gradually.  After all, Mary was told that he would “save his people from their sins,” but it was not a plan fully innumerated.

Reardon also makes brilliant points about how Christ’s humanity means as much as his divinity in his role as our intercessor, our substitution, and our imputed righteousness.  After all, the fact that Jesus lived a human life and never failed to live up to God’s standard means not only that he qualified to be our substitute, but that we stand to inherit his perfect record; his perfection is credited to our account!

Although there were sections that went a bit off track into other aspects of his character, this was a book that definitely challenged me to see more clearly what the book of Hebrews means when it says that Jesus was not ashamed to call us his brothers.

Note: a copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review.  No obligation was given to give the book a positive review; all views expressed are my own and not influenced by the publisher.


Meta-Critique: Mehta on Miller

Over the past several months I have had a unique opportunity to interact with atheists on matters of faith (or “lack of faith” as it were).  It is interesting to me how time and time again they tend to be keenly aware of the problems in the church, although not always a full understanding of what biblical Christianity is all about.

 One recent observation was made by Hemant Mehta in his post titled “God Doesn’t Have a Plan for Your Life.”  You may be inclined to quickly react against that, but before you do consider the fact that it is essentially a line taken from another post, of which Mehta’s is a critique.  Donald Miller, famed Christian and author of Blue Like Jazz, wrote a post titled “Does God Have a Specific Plan for Your Life? Probably Not,” where he explains that unless you have heard a donkey talk to you or have become pregnant in spite of never having had sex, God probably does not have a specific program for you to follow.

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Rob Bell: Resurrection Revisited

…If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.
(1 Corinthians 15:14)

Over the past several months I have spent much time examining the theology of Rob Bell, lead pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a sort of unwitting figurehead of the Emergent Church movement.  My concern has been a gross lack of definition of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ being an actual physical and historical event, which caused me to speculate that Bell did not hold to this belief.  This would have meant that Bell stands apart from the biblical accounts and sets himself next to men like Marcus Borg who do not maintain that this belief is foundational to our faith.

As I have said all along, any evidence to contradict my suspicion was welcome.  Thankfully I can declare myself in error because very distinct evidence has been provided!  The following is the audio from Rob Bell’s sermon on Easter Sunday 2010:

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Click here for the pdf of what was presented on screens during this sermon.

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Book Review: ‘Father Fiction’ by Donald Miller

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Like people who are born colorblind, fatherlessness changes the very essence of the way one sees the world.  It may be something that is not readily obvious, but attitudes, perspectives, and missing pieces become evident throughout a child’s maturation and well into adulthood. 

In his new book, Father Fiction: Chapters for a Fatherless Generation, Donald Miller paints a picture of his own life without a father.  Challenged with his own deviance, he speaks with the perspective of a man who has hope that lives can be changed and healing can come.  Miller talks about the destructive path he was on and how the influence of a strong, compassionate man made all the difference for him.  While a book on being a boy without a father, many of these same things can be said about those who have lived with a neglectful or emotionally unavailable father.  We need to be directed to our Heavenly Father.

The hope that Miller gives is a challenge: to seek out the fatherless, to mentor them, and to help them to live a better life.  He believes that we can reduce the number of prisons simply by seeking out young men who lack that basic influence and raise them up to be more responsible adults.  In the biblical economy, the fatherless were to be given the same respect and compassion as widows.  No doubt Miller’s hope is reflected in Scripture, and this book can help to challenge and inspire people to take the next steps to find healing in their own lives, but to also work to influence others toward a life committed to our heavenly Father.

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Chopped Bible Salad #8: The Klingon Bible

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In a small meeting room on deck 5, a group of Federation officers take some time away from their important duties onboard the Starship Enterprise to reflect on something more infinite than space itself.  The group has been working through the Gospel of Mark and all the while reflecting on the sufficiency of grace and the role of Christ in his universal plan of salvation. 

Inspired by the sharp confrontation in chapter 8, Lt. Worf decides to read from the KLV (Klingon Language Version of the Bible).  “This particular version,” he explains, “gives special strength to Jesus’ rebuke of Peter because of our rich, warlike tongue:”

peghHa’ ghaH, SoQvam maqtaHvIS.
ghaH nge’pu’DI’ pe’tlhoS, ghaH qunchoH.
– Mark 8:32

So hang the hopes of members of the Klingon Bible Translation Project.  The endeavors of this group of devout Trekkers claim that their “goals do not include missionary work, but this is a project worthy of [their] efforts for purely secular reasons.”

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