Twice this Summer I found myself in conversations with pastors of large churches who were frustrated by the severe lack of theological understanding among otherwise very skilled worship leaders, especially among many of the most creative. Both pastors had generally come to the conclusion that creativity and talent rarely go hand-in-hand with any more than the most basic of Biblical understandings. As a worship leader, I am convinced that to worship Christ fully we must know him truly, but I can understand these pastor’s frustrations because over the course of my years in ministry I have run into plenty of worship leaders who were far more interested in the latest and greatest fads of the faith, constantly exploring and chasing down the next mystical experience, rather than studying, and standing firm on a solid, Evangelical understanding of the Word of God. Worship leaders, if you are impatient with systematic/Biblical theology, but are willing to take a step towards having a bigger, more full-orbed picture of the Biblical Jesus, then read on – this book will be of interest to you.
JARED WILSON is an immensely POPULAR BLOGGER, and missional church planter/pastor, with impeccable theology, and a decent sense of humor to boot. His book, YOUR JESUS IS TOO SAFE, is an excellent correction to the man-made Jesus of our imagination, pointing clearly to the Christ of revelation. The style reminds me of Mark Driscoll’s personality, N.T. Wright’s historical insight, and the basic doctrinal leanings of Timothy Keller, all put in a blender. That is just to say, that this book would serve as an excellent corrective for us worship leaders to all the false-Christ’s we are often tempted to pursue.
You see, for being the most popular – or at least most well-known – person in all of history, we have a hard time at agreeing on who Jesus is, even within the church. Jared spends most of this book debunking each of our own Jesus myth’s – some of which may surprise you – and replacing them with a full-orbed, Biblical portrait of Christ.
The highlight of the book is Jared’s excellent overview of the life of Christ, which is both easy to understand, yet nuanced enough to take into account the complexity of modern historical research. It really brings the gospels to life, and gives fresh insight into those books, without having to read the academically dense work of N.T. Wright. Chapter by chapter he then begins to unpack each insight of that short summary to rebut the many common misconstrued interpretations of Jesus we accept all too easily, in a way that is both interesting, often humorous, and for many, I imagine, quite enlightening.
Overall, Your Jesus… is probably my favorite book so far in ’09: an easy read, and one I would particularly suggest for Worship leaders seeking to build a more solid, Biblical foundation, to their understanding of Jesus – ie; ones who want to worship the real Jesus, or no Jesus at all.
Very well recommended, indeed!