The book moves through passages and New Testament characters -- showing how this "creed" played out. In one chapter, McKnight shows how Joseph put his reputation on the line by being faithful to God. As a follower of Torah, it would have been proper for him to put Mary away -- or even have her punished. But what would become "the Jesus Creed" called him to a higher way.
Here is a quote:
"Sometimes the implication of listening to the voice of God is that we ruin our reputation in the public square. Loving God, as the Jesus Creed teaches, involves surrendering ourselves to God in heart, soul, mind, strength -- and reputation. The minute we turn exclusively to the Lord to find our true identity is the day reputation dies. We learn, as Thomas a Kempis puts it, that when you surrender your reputation, "you won't care a fig for the wagglings of ten thousand tongues."