I love the advisory "for mature audiences" at the beginning. This conversation sometimes gets tough and we need to be willing to tackle the challenging issues like maturing Jesus followers.
Jesus cubed is my take on the three chapters on Jesus. not sure if it was intentional but Brian seems to map the path much of the American church has plod during the modern era.
Jesus to the first power - an individualized Jesus (at least seven expressions) shaped by individual experiences. Though this chapter was pretty non threatening as compared to what comes next I found myself asking "Is there anyway to experience a more holistic whole Jesus?" or "will it be forever driven by context and experience in the western world?"
Jesus to the second power - a codified Jesus, expressed through a cultural lexicon (church jargon)that determines who is in and who is out. Language is powerful. How we talk about jesus is a s important as what we say. How can the conversation be more inclusive without being meaningless?
Jesus to the third power - a fragmented Jesus disconnected from the biblical narrative Christianity is only through the lens of the American cultural context. Would jeuss be a Christian? I don't think so. Besides the problem of his Jewish birth. As Brian points out I doubt if much of what we claim as traditional Christianity would be recognizable as what he taught. How can we reclaim the biblical narrative (especially Jesus teaching, with the modernist interpretation of Paul cold-filtered out) as a starting point for practicing faith today?