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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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jesushalf.jpegRegular readers of this blog may have noticed a new sidebar feature: “Manifesto.” This feature will contain a quote pertinent to the Jesus shaped project. The current quote from Greg Boyd will certainly be hard to displace. It’s an expression of the energy and intention of what so many of us hope for in a Jesus shaped Christianity.

There is a beautiful and powerful grassroots Kingdom movement arising all over the globe that Mennonites in particular need to notice. Millions of people are abandoning the Christendom paradigm of the traditional Christian faith in order to become more authentic followers of Jesus. From the Emergent Church movement to the Urban Monastic Movement to a thousand other independent groups and movements, people are waking up to the truth that the Kingdom of God looks like Jesus and that the heart of Christianity is simply imitating him. Millions are waking up to the truth that followers of Jesus are called to love the unlovable, serve the oppressed, live in solidarity with the poor, proclaim Good News to the lost and be willing to lay down our life for our enemies. Multitudes are waking up to the truth that the distinctive mark of the Kingdom is the complete rejection of all hatred and violence and the complete reliance on love and service of others, including our worst enemies. Masses of people are waking up to the truth that followers of Jesus aren’t called to try to win the world by acquiring power over others but by exercising power under others — the power of self-sacrificial love.

What Boyd is describing is something that I believe is very real. The process is historically complex, but it is experientially simple. It is an ecumenical project, but it is critical of many of those aspects of ecumenism that are taken for granted. (more…)

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Michael Horton has been one of the most consistently helpful spiritual guides in my life. (And interestingly, was one of the few people that, when I expressed my appreciation to him, didn’t make me feel like a drooling fanboy. Thanks, Michael, for understanding how it works.)

So you should read this excerpt: On the Absence of Christ. (Actually on the Ascension, but you’ll get it.) (more…)

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