Sacrilege

I recently had to opportunity to read Hugh Halter's fascinating book, Sacrilege.

Before reading this book, I had never once considered Jesus as sacrilegious.  But he was -- at least in the minds of the Pharisees.  Jesus didn't fit inside their small boxes.  He ate with tax collectors, touched lepers.  forgave sinners, and visited with Samaritan women.  Gasp!

This is the kind of stuff the reader encounters.  Sometimes disturbing.  Sometimes challenging.  Sometimes profound.  Hugh Halter turns things upside down in his quest to live the Jesus life.

Halter strikes me as the kind of guy who likes to get a rise out of people -- and he succeeds masterfully.

At a few points, I wish I could have had him in the room with me, so I could debate a bit and ask, "And what did you really mean by that?"

I deeply appreciate this author's candor, and willingness to tackle hard issues straight on.  He doesn't sugar coat.

His emphasis on grace, and trust were very helpful to me.

The most intriguing part of the book, for me, was Halter's take on communion, which he views as a genuine means of grace.  He says churches should see themselves as distributors of this grace, rather than hoarders and guardians of it.  In other words, if a lost person, in desperate need of grace, comes forward to receive communion, that act can be a ministry of grace to his heart.  I'm inclined to agree.

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(A complimentary copy of this book was provided to me for review on this blog.)

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