Jesus Behaving Badly


List Of Abbreviations
1. Everybody Likes Jesus
2. Revolutionary Or Pacifist? The King And His Kingdom
3. Angry Or Loving? Prophet Of Israel’s Restoration
4. Environmentalist Or Earth Scorcher? Killing Pigs And Cursing Trees
5. Legalist Or Grace Filled? Be Perfect . . . Or Else?
6. Hellfire Preacher Or Gentle Shepherd? Scaring The Hell Out Of You
7. Antifamily Or Family Friendly? Who’s Your Daddy?
8. Racist Or Inclusivist? Gentile Dogs And Other Riffraff
9. Sexist Or Egalitarian? If We’re So Equal, Why Do The Boys Get All The Good Jobs?
10. Was Jesus Anti-Semitic? Shepherd Of Israel’s Lost Sheep
11. Failed Prophet Or Victorious King? Doomsday Prophet Of The End Of The World?
12. Decaying Corpse Or Resurrected Lord? All The Eggs In One Easter Basket
Discussion Questions
Scripture Index

Additional Info
Everybody likes Jesus. Don’t they?

We overlook that Jesus was

Judgmental-preaching hellfire far more than the apostle Paul
Uncompromising-telling people to hate their families
Chauvinistic-excluding women from leadership
Racist-insulting people from other ethnic groups
Anti-environmental-cursing a fig tree and affirming animal sacrifice
Angry-overturning tables and chasing moneychangers in the temple

He demanded moral perfection, told people to cut off body parts, made prophecies that haven’t come true, and defied religious and political authorities. While we tend to ignore this troubling behavior, the people around Jesus didn’t. Some believed him so dangerous that they found a way to have him killed.

The Jesus everybody likes, says Mark Strauss, is not the Jesus found in the Gospels. He’s a figure we’ve created in our own minds. Strauss believes that when we unpack the puzzling paradoxes of the man from Galilee, we find greater insight into his countercultural message and mission than we could ever have imagined.


SKU (ISBN): 9780830824663
ISBN10: 0830824669
Mark Strauss
Binding: Trade Paper
Published: November 2015
Publisher: InterVarsity Press

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