Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous: Ten Alarming Words of Faith

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Jesus offers grace and mercy but he's also ratcheted up all the rules
Nice as it would be to frame Jesus as fun-loving, or a mercy-dispensing friend, the stories we have about him are a lot more disturbing than that.
We hear about celebrations that began as a wake, and about people who didn’t use their talents well being bounced clear out of the club. Jesus clearly thought that following the way of truth involved a lot more than simply avoiding things like murder, stealing, committing adultery or telling lies.
When Jesus truly makes you nervous, he is worth living and dying for, and becomes the greatest source of meaning and purpose in life imaginable.
"Holiness. Abundance. Forgiveness. Hope. In these musings about ‘ten stained-glass words of faith,’ Joy Jordan-Lake strips away the clichés and church-bulletin nostrums and exposes the honest, challenging, comforting, and yes, sometimes alarming claims that are at the center of Jesus’ life and teaching. This book is downright restorative."
--Lauren F. Winner, author of Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath

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After graduate studies at a theological seminary, Joy Jordan-Lake earned a Ph.D. in English Literature. She has served as the associate pastor of a multi-ethnic church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she led compassion ministries targeting low-income families, and was a Baptist chaplain at Harvard. With her husband and their three children, Joy currently lives just south of Nashville, where she writes and teaches at Belmont University.

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In this collection of meditations on some of the themes that undergird and define the Christian spiritual life, Jordan-Lake confronts what it means for believers to experience the difficult and disconcerting and, frankly, appalling teachings of Jesus. A professor at Belmont University and a former Baptist chaplain at Harvard University, the author mines her personal history as a pastor, mother, social justice activist and friend to illumine and interpret ideas such as resurrection and hope. Sometimes wry, occasionally stern, Jordan-Lake, with a touch of Southern gothic sensibility, argues that foundational concepts of Christian living, like worship and blessedness, may often be disruptive, disturbing, frequently joyful and often deeply life-changing experiences. Although she has a gift for welcoming, lucid and insightful prose, there is something a bit ephemeral about this volume, as with a sermon in which an audience remembers the story but forgets the point. As though to balance out the structural weakness of such a heavily anecdotal book, Jordan-Lake includes discussion questions for each chapter, so that readers may grapple with how these exigent words of Jesus can be applied to their own lives. (Nov.)
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