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David Head is a pastor in Lexington, Kentucky and someone passionate about Jesus shaped spirituality. Here’s a post where David engages David Powlison’s recent Boundless article on Sane Faith, and urges us on in the right direction.

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The Jesus Paradigm ran this just before the current news on Bentley made it to the press. It’s powerful, Jesus shaped and full of truth. Maybe one of the best posts of any kind I’ve read this year.

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The always excellent Faith and Theology blog points out the tendency to make Jesus’ parables more complicated and less life challenging.

And if you didn’t know, there is one book that all students of parables must own. I use it and it is peerless. Incredible contribution to Jesus’ studies: Klyne Snodgrass’s Stories With Intent.

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I found this little reworking of some Tim Keller teaching on Religion vs Gospel at The Journey Church’s site, and it’s a wonderful, Jesus shaped piece of theology perfect for praying through, meditating on or sharing with others.

You can print off the original pdf version here.

Thank God for Tim Keller. Ask the Spirit to press these truths into your life and Jesus will be more wonderful than ever.

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Brandon Rhodes at Jesus Manifesto does some great Jesus shaped thinking with his post Ghandi was wrong.

Mark Driscoll has a sermon series going on “Pray Like Jesus.” Driscoll isn’t always my favorite player on the team, but when he talks about Jesus he keeps things interesting and provocative.

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Read: Why Christians Need A Stage Name by Brian Jones.

Brian Jones makes a proposal that made the rounds at the Boar’s Head Tavern a couple of years ago: Let’s stop using the label Christian to refer to ourselves. Brian’s nomination is that we say we are disciples and he gives some excellent reasons. One of them is at the heart of what it means to have Jesus shaped spirituality: We are always learning from Jesus.

As I’ve reworked my concept of God through the Jesus shaped grid, it is inevitable that I think about how I want to present myself to the world. The term “Christian” has content, but it doesn’t have strong Biblical warrant. It’s, frankly, strange how some people will defend the word “Christian” as if it is one of the Ten Commandments, when it’s actually a term of derision from the start. (more…)

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Devotional writer Phyllis Tickle offers up a parable on the entirety of Jesus studies. It’s quite similar to the way I deal with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in a lecture I call “Something Happened.”

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