Jesus the Fool: The Mission of the Unconventional Christ Paperback – 1 May 2010
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About the Author
Michael Frost is 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 and the co-author of The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century Church and Re Jesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church.
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Our view of Jesus is often coloured by our upbringing and by leaders who shaped our early Christian walk. Frost challenges, perhaps at times even assaults these.......and in the aftermath of this, like the author I realized that Jesus was much more than I had been taught. Australian missiologist Frost recounts how Jesus overturned conventional religion by reframing brokenness, forgiveness, our view of others, our attitude to the poor, and our relationship to God. Like Thomas Aquinas said,...."One who is strengthened by God professes himself to be an utter fool by human standards, because he despises the wisdom men strive for." This stimulating book will speak to all, espically the young, to church planters, preachers, and open-minded Christians. Be renewed in your sight of Christ!
The Divine Fool is a profound concept.
Sometimes I didn't like the author claiming to know what Jesus meant, but his suggestions are very interesting.
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When I first heard Michael Frost speak in person at a conference a few years ago, his most recent book was Exiles, which is another fantastic read and really helped me understand how to be missional in my personal life. His collaborative work with Alan Hirsch, The Shaping of Things to Come, is rightly praised as a manifesto for the larger church of Jesus Christ to be missional in strategic, radically different ways than the attractional approach that has resulted in far too many "megachurches". However, I think Jesus the Fool should be read first, followed by Alan and Michael's really great book ReJesus, because you truly have to understand Jesus in order to be understand the missional mindset. Michael's recurring motif in this book of how Jesus "reframes" our expectations is at once shocking, thought-provoking and ultimately convicting. Every chapter reveals how much Michael Frost loves this wild Messiah named Jesus. And his anecdotes are arresting and memorable as well; one of my favorites is the way he summarizes the book of Hosea, which shows God's relentless pursuit of his people and his devotion to us in spite of our best efforts to disappoint and hurt him.
In the end, I would put Michael's works (as well as those of his frequent collaborator, Alan Hirsch) right up there with N.T. Wright's for understanding God's mission of love and relationship with us, and most importantly, the calling of all who call themselves Christians to reach out beyond themselves and their comfort zones to risk everything for the sake of the gospel. I don't pretend to live up to the calling in any way, and most of the time I kick myself when I reflect on missed opportunities to live a missional life, but books like Jesus the Fool help inspire and convict me to keep at it. This book will change your life if you read it with an open mind.
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