Saturday, March 20, 2010

Flesh-and-Blood Jesus by Dan Russ

What does it mean to be truly human? What does is mean to be Christian and truly human?
Russ uses the life of Jesus to investigate what it means to live in one's humanity to its full potential. It may come as a surprise that Jesus had failures (failure is not a sin). Jesus had to deal with parental desire that went against His desire. Jesus was raised in a dysfunctional family. Jesus had fear and doubt in the Garden. Jesus enjoyed eating and feasts.
Russ helps the reader discover lessons from Jesus' life. For example, Jesus was good and angry. Lessons to learn from Him include learning to live in the tension of frustrated anger toward those closest to us, learning to harness anger as creative energy, and the spiritual disciplines that need to be exercised before the expression of righteous indignation.
There are study questions at the end of each chapter so this would make a great book for small groups interested in what it really means to be Christian and human.
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