Who Is This Man?
On the eve of his crucifixion it seemed like Jesus' influence on the world had ended. On the contrary, it had just begun. In Who Is This Man? , Ortberg reveals how Jesus has impacted civilization and individual human hearts.
Jesus' impact on our world is highly unlikely, widely inescapable, largely unknown, and decidedly double-edged. It is unlikely in light of the severe limitations of his earthly life; it is inescapable because of the range of impact; it is unknown because history doesn't connect dots; and it is doubled-edged because his followers have wreaked so much havoc, often in his name.
He is history's most familiar figure, yet he is the man no one knows. His impact on the world is immense and non-accidental. From the Dark Ages to Post-Modernity he is the Man who won't go away.
And yet... you can miss him in historical lists for many reasons, maybe the most obvious being the way he lived his life. He did not loudly and demonstrably defend his movement in the spirit of a rising political or military leader. He did not lay out a case that history would judge his brand of belief superior in all future books.
His life and teaching simply drew people to follow him. He made history by starting in a humble place, in a spirit of love and acceptance, and allowing each person space to respond.
His vision of life continues to haunt and challenge humanity. His influence has swept over history bringing inspiration to what has happened in art, science, government, medicine, and education; he has taught humans about dignity, compassion, forgiveness, and hope.
From the Dark Ages to Post-Modernity, Jesus has refused to stay silent. John Ortberg unpacks Jesus' influence that has swept through history, challenging humanity to its very core.
‘Who Is This Man’ looks at the profound impact one man had on the ever-changing history of this world. The masterful Christian writer, John Ortberg, puts a magnifying glass on the life, works, death, and surviving records of Jesus Christ. What impact has he had? How has he impacted our civilisation? How does he impact individual hearts?
The chapter headings are as follows:
• The Man Who Won’t Go Away
• The Collapse of Dignity
• A Revolution in Humanity
• What Does a Women Want?
• An Undistinguished Visiting Scholar
• Jesus Was Not a Great Man
• Help Your Friends, Punish Your Enemies
• There Are Things That Are Not Caesar’s
• The Good Live vs. The Good Person
• Why It’s a Small World After All
• The Truly Old-Fashioned Marriage
• Without Parallel in the Entire History of Art
• Epilogue: A Staggering Idea
This book will challenge, inspire, and revolutionise your image of God incarnate. You thought you know him, let John Ortberg show you his powerful influence on our world and the powerful influence he can have on you.
John Ortberg is a pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California.
He is the best selling author of ‘When the Game is Over’, ‘It All Goes Back in the Box’, ‘The Life You’ve Always Wanted’, ‘If You Want to Walk on Water’, and ‘You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat’.
He and his wife Nancy have three beautiful children.