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What is God like? A punishing judge? A doting grandfather? A deadbeat dad? A vengeful warrior? "Believers" and atheists alike typically carry and finally reject the toxic images of God in their own hearts and minds. Even the Christian Gospel has repeatedly lapsed into a vision of God where the wrathful king must be appeased by his victim son. How do such "good cop/bad cop" distortions of the divine arise and come to dominate churches and cultures?

Whether our notions of "God" are personal projections or inherited traditions, author and theologian Brad Jersak proposes a radical reassessment, arguing for a more Christlike God and a more beautiful Gospel. 

If Christ is "the image of the invisible God, the radiance of God's glory and exact representation of God's likeness", what if we conceived of God as completely Christlike - the perfect incarnation of self-giving, radically forgiving, co-suffering love? What if God has always been and forever will be "cruciform" (cross-shaped) in his character and actions? 

A More Christlike God suggests that such a God would be very good news indeed - a God who Jesus "unwrathed" from dead religion, a love that is always toward us, and a grace that pours into this suffering world through willing, human partners.

©2015 Plain Truth Ministries (P)2019 Plain Truth Ministries

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Excellent theology helping undo some bad ideas

The theological content is excellent and helpful in undoing some bad ideas, especially those prevalent in modern Evangelicalism.
It can be some dry reading/listening at times.
The reader does a good job, but doesn't sound quite like the author.
I would recommend this to any student of theology.

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Glorious and Weighty Theology in Layman’s terms

I appreciate Brad’s treatment of this important topic. I was raised “fundamentalist evangelical” and it has deeply scarred my view of God and probably how I raised my kids (Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy).

Brad does the hard work of helping us understand what the early church and the Eastern church believed about the Gospel and sheds light in dark places.

The good news that Brad shares is that: God is ALL good, and God is always for us” - What a different world this would be if all believed it.

I hope, with all of my heart, that Brad is right.

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  • steve betten
  • 2019-04-19

solid

A must listen/read for any church attending christian who has been indoctrinated in the western traditions.

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  • William Alomar
  • 2019-03-27

great read!

what a blessing to the church. wish all would read and rethink there "foundational" truths.

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  • Doug Maddox
  • 2019-03-13

Finally! A view of God who looks just like His Son.

Brilliant, fun, depth, and freeing, Brad's interpretations of our Father look just like Jesus. I've seen and heard Him for years. Now, I know Him in a deeply loving and freeing new way; a way discovered by many others, many centuries before. Who would have thunk?!