About the Book
Book: A More Christlike Word
Author: Bradley Jersak
Genre: Biblical Studies
Release date: June 29, 2021
The Scriptures are an essential aspect of the Christian faith. But we have often equated them with the living Word Himself, even elevating them above the One to whom they point. In doing so, we have distorted their central message—and our view of God. Tragically, this has caused multitudes of people unnecessary doubt, confusion, and pain in their encounters with the Scriptures. Author and theologian Bradley Jersak has wrestled deeply with such passages over many years. He has experienced the same questions, doubt, and pain. In A More Christlike Word, he offers a clarifying and freeing path forward, whether you consider yourself a believer, a doubter, or a skeptic, inviting you to a better and more ancient way to read the Scriptures. He calls this path the “Emmaus Way” because it focuses on Jesus Christ as the final Word on God. It demonstrates how all Scripture, by design, points to Jesus, revealing the true nature of the Father. Your journey on the Emmaus Way will open up to you the fullness of the Scriptures, and, most important, lead you to the God who deeply loves and welcomes you.
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I’m not going to lie, when I read the description of this book I thought this would be an easy fast read. As I read the book, I found myself struggling with relating to the feelings of the author. In my experience of Christianity, I couldn’t understand how he viewed others or even himself as he studied the Bible. I had to ask the Holy Spirit to guide me through this book so I could understand where he was coming from, and discern what I was reading. This is not to say that I disagree with what the author wrote, in fact I wholeheartedly agree. I’ve always read the Bible the “Emmaus Way” knowing that Jesus is the living Word and that everything points to Gods love and our redemption through Jesus. I struggled in this book with the fact that even though I may have had open eyes to see the truth of the message, I still struggled with the rejection of the light and I wallowed in my brokenness for a bit. In a broken world, sometimes our hearts need healed to accept that gift of love Jesus offers. A great chapter by the way. But isn’t that the point of the Word – Jesus, is that God loved us so much that He sent His son to save us by grace. He is always knocking on our hearts and asking us to come home.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who teaches the Bible to others, as it opens your mind to other points of view that you may not have previously thought of when you are guiding others through the Bible Study. Sometimes though, I think this journey is something the Holy Spirit needs to illuminate, as He heals and opens your heart as you become more intimate with Him (as you said in the book the heart is deep and He knows it best). This book was a great reminder of how Jesus invites us all on a journey to follow Him, empowered by the Holy Spirit to learn to live our lives from our “Rabbi Jesus” – as we study the words of Jesus (this includes the Word as it points to Him and redemption), imitate the ways of Jesus, are transformed by grace and love, and partner with Him on His mission to invite others to do the same.
A Word whose voice we hear saying, “Come follow me. There’s a place at my Father’s table for everyone. Even you.”
About the Author
Bradley Jersak is the Dean of Theology & Culture, a modular graduate studies program at St. Stephen’s University in New Brunswick, Canada. He is also the editor-in-chief of Clarion-Journal.com. Bradley and his wife, Eden, have lived in the Abbotsford area of British Columbia since 1988, where they served as pastors and church planters for twenty years. Bradley is the author of a number of nonfiction and fiction books, including A More Christlike God, A More Christlike Way, Her Gates Will Never Be Shut, Can You Hear Me?: Tuning in to the God Who Speaks, and The Pastor: A Crisis. He has an M.A. in biblical studies from Briercrest Bible College and Seminary, an M.Div. in biblical studies from Trinity Western University/ACTS Seminary, and a Ph.D. in theology from Bangor University, Wales. He was also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, for post-doctoral research in patristic christology.
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The book acknowledges and addresses people’s real struggle to harmonize hard passages of Scripture with their view of a loving God.
Have you ever felt that seemingly “toxic” texts in the Bible suffocate rather than strengthen faith? If so, then this book will help you find a way to hear the life-giving Word speaking through Scripture—even the tough parts. Bradley Jersak faces difficult passages head-on with honest, provocative, wise, and stimulating insights. Here is an accessible and informed guide to Christ-centered biblical interpretation.
—Rev. Dr. Robin Parry
Author, The Evangelical Universalist and The Biblical Cosmos
If you find the Bible heavy lifting rather than finding yourself carried by Jesus, the incarnate Word himself, and his indescribably good gospel of love, A More Christlike Word is for you. It will invite you to move from simply reading verses through an unexamined lens to always listening for the revelation ofChrist, by Christ, who reveals what is true concerning the relentless, renewing love of God our Father, and, thus, what is true about us as his beloved ones.
—Dr. Cherith Nordling
Sessional Lecturer, Regent College, Vancouver
Author, Knowing God by Name
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