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The Problem of Jesus: Answering a Skeptic's Challenges to the Scandal of Jesus
Mark Clark | Foreword by Ray Johnston
Zondervan Books / Softcover / Feb 2021
9780310108306 (ISBN-10: 0310108306)
Religious / Christian Life / Theology/Studies in Religion
price: $24.99 (may be subject to change)
352 pages
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From demons in his house to miracles. From why we all lie to the end of the world. From how to beat temptation to what Heaven, Hell, and the purpose of our lives really are. Author and pastor Mark Clark says that the scandal of Jesus is that he talked about all of these things and what they have to do with us and yet we ignore him. It is time for that to end.

The Problem of Jesus is an exploration of the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth: his parables, his miracles, his controversial call to discipleship, politics, and challenge to love God above everything else in the world, his seemingly insane claim to be God, and what his death and resurrection actually mean if they did in fact happen - and what it all has to do with our lives. Award-winning author Mark Clark engages with ideas from all realms of study - from Malcolm Gladwell and Jordan Peterson to historians, scientists, and philosophers like N.T. Wright, John Polkinghorne, and C.S. Lewis; from Dallas Willard and Nancy Pearcey to Star Wars and James Bond and Pretty Woman - all to present a fresh and compelling portrait of Jesus, the man, the message, and the mission, who forever altered the course of human history.

Every person must make their own decision about Jesus and maybe you have, one way or the other, but we have to make sure we have a clear picture of him first. Do you?


'Mark clearly shows us in The Problem of Jesus that no one has been more misrepresented or misunderstood than Jesus. Mark introduces us to the Jesus we find on the pages of Scripture! A Jesus who is irresistible.'
— Christine Caine, bestselling author, founder of A21 and Propel Women

'Mark's book The Problem of Jesus isn't a roadmap for playing it safe, it's an invitation to join Jesus for the risky adventure of your life! This is a great book!'
— Bob Goff, author of New York Times bestsellers Love Does, Everybody Always, and Dream Big

'I love the way Mark Clark turns the kaleidoscope, revealing new dimensions of who Jesus is. This book will help you encounter Jesus all over again!'
— Mark Batterson, bestselling author, lead pastor of National Community Church

'This truly is a great work. If you don't pick it up now, it will only be a matter of time until someone hands you a copy because they enjoyed it so much.'
— Carey Nieuwhof, author and founding pastor, Connexus Church

'Mark Clark has a rare gift for deep theological insights coupled with clear and concise writing. In The Problem of Jesus, he tackles and answers the most compelling and important questions our culture asks when confronted with the claims of Jesus. No matter where you personally land when it comes to Jesus this book will deepen your faith or shake your skepticism. My bet is that you'll not only read it, you'll also pass it on to others.'
— Larry Osborne, Pastor and Author North Coast Church

'There is nobody like Mark Clark. He's brilliant, funny, and compelling all at the same time. In the Problem of Jesus, he points to the challenges and reasons for faith in a way that feels both honest and fresh. This is a captivating look at Jesus and what he means for us today!'
— Jud Wilhite, author of Pursued, senior pastor of Central Church

'With a poet's pen, a scholar's precision, and a pastor's heart, Mark brings Jesus out of culture's usual trappings and places him front and square where he belongs--in our hearts and minds.'
— Ricky Jenkins, Senior Pastor of Southwest Church; author of What They Taught Me: Enduring Wisdom for

'Mark provides proper context and evidence for all of us to see and understand the real Jesus in his day and ours. I'm more inspired than ever to follow the Jesus of the Scriptures!'
— Brad Lomenick, Founder, BLINC; Author; H3 Leadership & The Catalyst Leader

'This book is, I sense, going to be a very significant voice to this generation and others to come. It is culturally informed and sensitive without being enculturated. Like the Jesus Mark describes, you can't ignore his message in this book, and you can't be neutral to it.'
— Ross Hastings, Professor of Theology, Regent College

'With astute insights, biblical wisdom, and cultural savvy, Mark is the perfect person to write The Problem of Jesus. It is a tremendous resource for the skeptic, for the new believer, and for the seasoned saint.'
— Daniel Fusco, Lead Pastor @ Crossroads Community Church, TV & Radio Host, author ofCrazy Happy and U

'Mark does a great job helping people get a good look at our beautiful Lord Jesus and how he represents a new way of being human.'
— Alan Hirsch, author of numerous books on missional leadership, organization, and spirituality; Found

About the Author:

Mark Clark is the founding and teaching pastor of Village Church ( a multi-site church of thousands and expanding globally online. He was listed as one of the "26 Leaders To Watch" by Outreach Magazine in 2017, and his sermons have millions of downloads per year from over 100 countries! He is also the author of The Problem of God (Zondervan, 2017), and The Problem of Jesus (Zondervan, 2021).

Mark combines frank and challenging biblical preaching with real world application and apologetics to speak to both Christians and skeptics alike, confronting questions, doubts, and assumptions about Christianity.

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