Dirty God

Bravo to Johnnie Moore for his book, Dirty God: Jesus in the Trenches.

Moore builds a case from Scripture, from his background as a Christian pastor and professor, and from extensive experience with people from other cultures and religions, to show that Jesus is both other and more than most people--including most Christians--give him credit for. It is a book about grace. He writes: "The premise of this book is that God's relationship with people is primarily defined as a relationship of grace, and grace should make us better people and make the world a better place. It's our responsibility as God's children to live as people of grace in a world that desperately needs what it doesn't always accept."

Though at times I thought Moore didn't go far enough in depicting the amazing grace of God in Christ (and I don't think he ever went too far), Dirty God is a book worth reading. It does not approach the beauty or profundity of Philip Yancey's What's So Amazing About Grace? (a book that any book on grace will be compared to), and it is not as bold in its pronouncements as some (after all, the author is a pastor and Liberty University professor). But it is a good book, accessible, engaging, and valuable.

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