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Sermon seeks ‘real’ Jesus

Looking to strip away all the mythos about Jesus and find out who the Son of the Almighty really was, senior pastor at New Hope Church Buck Marshal said a new sermon series at the church is sure to be insightful … and controversial.
Throughout history, the world has represented Jesus as an unapproachable fictional character, said Marshall.
The new program at New Hope Church is called "Bobble-Head Jesus." In the series, Jesus will be separated from all the hype that has been built up around him in pop culture and the media. In recent years, his image has been commercialized by society, but has also been misrepresented by the church for hundreds of years.
“We’re trying to strip away this ‘American Idol Jesus’ and get to who He really is,” Marshall said. “He’s a t-shirt, an action figure and a bobble-head doll. This separates people from Him. We want to see who He really is and then try to be like Him.”
One way the most common misrepresentations by the church has been depicting Jesus as European in paintings, said John Jett, an elder at New Hope Church.
“Whether knowingly or not, the church has promulgated some of these stereotypes,” Jett said. “Jesus is shown as being white, but He was actually Middle Eastern. This has helped promote forms of racism and bigotry.”
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