Jesus > Religion

Jesus > Religion

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In Jesus > Religion, Bethke unpacks similar contrasts that he drew in the poem highlighting the difference between teeth gritting and grace, law and love, performance and peace, despair and hope. With refreshing candor he delves into the motivation behind his message, beginning with the unvarnished tale of his own plunge from the pinnacle of a works-based, fake-smile existence that sapped his strength and led him down a path of destructive behavior.

Bethke is quick to acknowledge that heäó»s not a pastor or theologian, but simply a regular, twenty-something who cried out for a life greater than the one for which he had settled.