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READ ì Outlandish ✓ Jesus did everything wrong Poor judgment picking a team of disciples Ministering to the wrong people Angering the wrong people Having outrageous expectations of his followers uestionable teaching methods Allowing others to have unrealistic opinions about his mission A humiliating end followed by an improbable surprise ending And then somehowUtrageous expectations of his followers uestionable teaching methods Allowing others to have unrealistic opinions about his mission A h. Outlandish is not a book to read if you are satisfied with your current image of Jesus as the meek and mild shepherd with only spiritual aspirations during his ministry This book turned everything I thought about my Jesus upside down and pricked my conscience as a Christian at the same time The author uses his knowledge and insight to lead the reader on a journey with Jesus as he confronts government and religious leaders of his time as a subversive who is crucified because they fear him Then he wraps His story into current and even not so current events NOT asking What Would Jesus Do but based on his example as a subversive what should we do as His people to follow Him in confronting racism and discrimination against immigrants women's rights gender euality and the list goes on I also want to add that Derek Penwell's style of writing is a conversation with the reader and his sense of humor adds a great deal to that conversation I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to know about the role of the church as followers of Jesus in social justice including a how to chapter at the end of the book It was a great read

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Umiliating end followed by an improbable surprise ending And then somehow inspiring millions to attempt to change the world in his name. Derek Penwell’s new book gets to the heart of who Jesus really was Outlandish This is a timely reminder that Jesus was not the prosperity gospel send me all your money MAGA hat imperialist white guy that the right seems to worship Instead Penwell shows us all of the ways that Jesus was expressly NOT that guy Of particular interest to this reader was Chapter 2 where Penwell addresses the issue of LGBT folks and how Jesus would have responded Spoiler alert He would have responded with love Penwell asks “What if our commitment to Jesus is measured by how we love LGBT people through actions than by how loudly we shout at them about it though bullhorns” As an LGBT person I was buoyed by the amount of love Penwell and Jesus preach in this chapter The whole book is like this turning the white washed Jesus ideal on its head and giving us a picture of a Jesus and a church that looks a little bit like the beautiful broken world in which we live I’ve gotta be honest though If you’re not comfortable with that whole “love your neighborYES THAT NEIGHBORthing This book might not be for you Penwell’s words convict us and inspire us to be Outlandish in our love for others

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OutlandishJesus did everything wrong Poor judgment picking a team of disciples Ministering to the wrong people Angering the wrong people Having o. Who is Jesus That is a uestion for the ages with multiple answers given The famous uests for the historical Jesus have often led to a picture that is reflective of one's own identity than the Jesus who lived in the first century Nevertheless it is a fruitful process to seek to offer an answer Some answers are better than others at least in my estimation In the end we must admit that any answer we give is at best approximate With that caveat I approach Derek Penwell's book Outlandish The subtitle of the book is rather revealing Derek who is a Disciple colleague invites us to consider a vision of Jesus as an unlikely Messiah who engaged in A Messy Ministry with a The call to mobilize That last phrase might be the most telling for this is a call for Christians to mobilize for social justice to emulate Jesus If you want to know the true trajectory of the book you might want to start by reading the final chapter What Do We Do This chapter makes sense of what has gone before Of course the author left that chapter to the end for a reason so you might want to start at the beginning and move toward the conclusion which is that call to mobilizeDerek's purpose in writing the book at least as I read it is to help us understand that Jesus' project was deeply political By that he means Jesus took up a prophetic ministry on behalf of the marginalized In so doing he gained the wrath of both the religious establishment and the political establishment In reality the two were intertwined but the religious community was Jewish while the political establishment was Roman The two parties collaborated for their own reasons but at the expense of the poor and marginalized Thus when Jesus proclaimed the Kingdom of God he was offering a political program The problem is that Jesus wasn't a very accomplished messiah He had the opportunity to lead a revolt but for whatever reason chose not to do soJesus as Derek introduces him to us wasn't all that good of a teacher his audience was often left puzzled he wasn't a great judge of character look who he surrounded himself with In other words if we emulate Jesus we won't find a model of success We will instead find one who pushed all the wrong buttons and ended up being crucified by the Romans who saw him as a political threat In presenting this vision Derek draws on people like Richard Horsley Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan At points I resonated with the presentation At other points I had my concerns and uestions Over time I've become sensitive to the portrayal of Jews both in the Gospels and in our readings of the texts One group that has too often been mischaracterized is the Pharisees At points Derek drifted toward portrayals of them as uptight and legalistic I think there is a need for a nuanced presentation perhaps dialogue with an interpreter such as Amy Jill Levine Where Derek and I might differ at points isn't so much the political side but the religious side of the conversation While Jesus was a prophetic leader I see spiritual elements present that Derek seemed to offer Again in part this is due to the purpose of the book which becomes clear in the end For some readers chapter seven will prove challenging Here Derek deals with the resurrection He's already made it clear that Jesus didn't die for our sins penal substitutionary atonement But what about the resurrection He notes that many make the physical resurrection the center of the faith a la Paul but he suggests that the Enlightenment project has called the traditional view into uestion The current liberal view is that the resurrection is to be understood metaphorically rather than bodily Derek seems to take his place there but he suggests that whether we embrace a metaphorical or bodily view we would be wise to read it theologically While I'm a bodily resurrection person I have my reasons which I think enhance the justice message but that's for a different posting I believe Derek is correct the theological meaning of the resurrection precedes uestions of historicity p 119 We should ask what the message of the resurrection is and that message is God's big 'no' to the powers and principalities That is the resurrection is an act of judgment on those powers and principalities that have resisted God's realm and thus God's vision of justice With that Derek suggests that the church is the embodiment of the resurrection If the church as it so often has fails to embody the resurrection then it is under the judgment of God as Martin Luther King revealed in his Letter from the Birmingham Jail All of this is revealed in the resurrectionThat leads to the final chapter which reveals Derek's vision of the implications of Jesus' ministry a ministry that has political even subversive intent Here he offers advice to those who might take up the cause of the kingdom of God noting that such a calling could get you killed or at the very least arrestedSo what do I make of the book It is a challenging read It is written with wit that can be biting but then Jesus was known to do the same I will admit that as a writer I am much sedate Derek pushes buttons and does so intentionally Justice is needed It is the heart of the kingdom And he aims to make that plain I might say it differently and I am probably orthodox theologically than Derek but on the uestion of whether the gospel has political implications I think we're in agreement