ReJesus asks the following questions: • What ongoing role does Jesus the Messiah play in shaping the ethos and self understanding of the movement that originated in him? • How is the Christian religion informed and shaped by the Jesus...
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ReJesus asks the following questions:
• What ongoing role does Jesus the Messiah play in shaping the ethos and self understanding of the movement that originated in him?
• How is the Christian religion informed and shaped by the Jesus that we meet in the Gospels?
• How do we assess the continuity required between the life and example of Jesus and the subsequent religion called Christianity?
• In how many ways do we domesticate the radical revolutionary in order to sustain our religion and religiosity?
• How can a rediscovery of Jesus renew our discipleship, the Christian community, and the ongoing mission of the church?
These questions take us to the core of what the church is all about. Rather than reformation, the authors call their task re-founding the church because it raises the issue of the church's true Founder or Foundation. This theme is of particular importance at the dawn of the twenty-first century as many attempt to address Christianity's endemic and long trended decline in the West. The authors feel that a spiritual, theological, missional, and existential crisis looms in the West.
Alan Hirsch is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and cofounder of Shapevine.com, an international forum for engaging with world-transforming ideas. Currently he leads an innovative learning program called Future Travelers which helps megachurches become missional movements. He is the author of numerous books, including: The Shaping of things to Come; The Forgotten Ways; The Forgotten Ways Handbook; Untamed and Right Here, Right Now. Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area.
He is currently co-writing four books to be released in 2011:
Right Here, Right Now with Lance Ford is being published through Baker Books and will provide a nuts and bolts approach to the missional lifestyle. The appeal is to the average Christian and away from Hirschs traditional leadership audience. On the Verge with Dave Ferguson integrates the missional movement with current models of church in the West. The 2011 Exponential Conference, a conference with the theme by the same name, will utilize this book as a centerpiece to bring missional ideology to established churches. The Permanent Revolution with Tim Catchim will be released at the 2011 Exponential Conference as well. This book elaborates on the apostolic element of mDNA by focusing on APEST, the five-fold ministry model from Ephesians 4, and its significance for the missional movement. The Faith of Leap with Michael Frost is a book concerning a theology of risk and adventure and its implications for church, mission, leadership and spirituality. -Editorial Review.
Michael Frost (D.Min) is Vice-Principal and Professor of Evangelism and Missions at Morling College in Sydney, Australia - and a Baptist Minister. He is the author of Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture; Jesus the Fool: The Mission of the Unconventional Christ; Seeing God in the Ordinary: A Theology of the Everyday and the co-author of The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church and ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church.