Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous: Ten Challenging Words of Faith

Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous: Ten Challenging Words of Faith

Joy Jordan-Lake / Oct 21, 2019

Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous Ten Challenging Words of Faith Jesus offers grace and mercy but he s also ratcheted up all the rulesNice as it would be to frame Jesus as fun loving or a mercy dispensing friend the stories we have about him are a lot disturbing

  • Title: Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous: Ten Challenging Words of Faith
  • Author: Joy Jordan-Lake
  • ISBN: 9781557255204
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jesus offers grace and mercy but he s also ratcheted up all the rulesNice as it would be to frame Jesus as fun loving, or a mercy dispensing friend, the stories we have about him are a lot 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 tJesus offers grace and mercy but he s also ratcheted up all the rulesNice as it would be to frame Jesus as fun loving, or a mercy dispensing friend, the stories we have about him are a lot 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 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 clich s 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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      • Joy Jordan-Lake

        Joy Jordan Lake s varied and admittedly odd professional experience has included working as a college professor, author, journalist, waitress, director of a program for homeless families, university chaplain, horseback riding instructor, free lance photographer, and the job title that remains her personal favorite head sailing instructor Born in Washington, D.C Joy Jordan Lake s first vivid childhood memory was watching her mother weep in front of the television, where newscasters were just reporting the shooting of Martin Luther King, Jr Later moving south with her family, she grew up on Signal Mountain, Tennessee, just outside Chattanooga, where she learned to observe the ways in which communities respond with courage to bigotry and violence or fail to do so After earning a bachelors degree from Furman University and a masters from a theological seminary, Joy re located to the Boston, Massachusetts, area where she earned a masters and a Ph.D in English Literature from Tufts University, and specialized in the role of race in 19 century American fiction While in New England, she founded a food pantry targeting low income and homeless families, served on the staff of a multi ethnic church in Cambridge, worked as a free lance journalist, and became a Baptist chaplain at Harvard Her first book, Grit and Grace Portraits of a Woman s Life Harold Shaw Publishers, 1997 , was a collection of stories, poems and essays which The Chicago Tribune described this way Written with much heart and wit, this little gem of a book touches on the ordinary and profound experiences that make up a woman s life a poignant and satisfying collection funny and sad, inspiring and awfully surprising Joy s second book, Whitewashing Uncle Tom s Cabin Nineteenth Century Women Novelists Respond to Stowe Vanderbilt University Press, 2005 continued her doctoral dissertation work, exploring the inter weavings of literature, theology, and race in American culture During this period, life for Joy and her husband, Todd Lake, was becoming increasingly chaotic with two careers, numerous re locations for Todd s work, two young biological children and the adoption of a baby girl from China Joy s nearly manic need to ask everyone around her about how they managed or not to balance kids and career led to her third book, Working Families Navigating the Demands and Delights of Marriage, Parenting and Career WaterBrook Random House, 2007 Publishers Weekly called the book, refreshing for its social conscience, and written with sharp humor and snappy prose In its review of Joy s fourth book, Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous Ten Alarming Words of Faith Paraclete Press, 2007 , Publishers Weekly again praised the author A professor at Belmont University and a former Baptist chaplain at Harvard University , the author mines her personal history illumine and interpret ideas such ashope Sometimes wry, occasionally stern, Jordan Lake, with a touch of Southern gothic sensibilityhas a gift for welcoming, lucid and insightful prose Joy s first novel, Blue Hole Back Home, published in 2008 and inspired by actual events from her own teenage years, explores the tensions and eventual violence that erupt in a small, all white Appalachian town when a Sri Lankan family moves in Ultimately, Blue Hole Back Home, which bestselling author Leif Enger called beautifully crafted, is a story not only of the devastating effects of racial hatred and cowardice, but centrally, a celebration of courage, confrontation and healing Used in a variety of classroom and book club settings, Blue Hole Back Home was chosen in 2009 as Baylor University s Common Book, and as the Common Book at Amarillo College in 2014.Joy s latest novel, to be released in fall of 2017, is A Tangled Mercy Told in alternating tales at once haunting and redemptive, A Tangled Mercy is a quintessentially American epic rooted in heartbr


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    1. Joy Jordan-Lake writes about resurrection, community, abundance, wisdom, holiness, peace, blessedness, worship, forgiveness and hope. With stories from her everyday encounters, Joy explores these topics in a candid way that invites conversation about Jesus' teachings. You will find thoughtful questions for contemplation on each chapter topic making this a good book for small group discussion.


    2. I love this book! My faith was challenged and enlarged by the intriguing and authentic way the author presents stories from the Bible and from her own experiences. I've used excerpts from the book in various settings and always get rave reviews. With often very humorous but always inspiring tales, she will make you think, laugh, cry, and definitely grow closer to Jesus.


    3. Really, really good book! Challenging look at what Jesus actually taught and lived centered around 10 key "church" words. While there were no breakthrough revelations, I was deeply moved by the analysis and stories of Jordan-Lake. I hope I am changed as much as I know I should be after reading it. (Thank you to Amy Jacks Dean for recommending this book from the pulpit!)


    4. explores ten big words: …resurrection, community, etc. with stories and in terms of scripture. …beautiful and challenging when I most needed it


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