My family and I just returned from our first Caribbean cruise. During one of our family hangout times, my son Jesse made the comment, "We go to an inner city church and we're on a cruise. We're Christians and we watch South Park." He was pointing out the seeming opposite sides of our lives.

My read for the week was Hugh Halter's 'Sacrilege'. If I had any reason to feel guilty for being on a cruise instead of ministry to the poor, Hugh's book was a good way to unpack my baggage.

Jesus was considered to be sacrilegious by the religious authorities of his day. This is a book about living our lives not as disciples, but as apprentices of Jesus. Here's a definition of 'sacrilege'.

1. the misuse or desecration of anything regarded as sacred or as worthy of extreme respect to play Mozart's music on a kazoo is sacrilege
2. the act or an instance of taking anything sacred for secular use
[from Old French sacrilège, from Latin sacrilegium, from sacrilegus temple-robber, from sacra sacred things + legere to take]
sacrilegist [ˌsækrɪˈliːdʒɪst] n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

Part expositor/part story-teller, Hugh Halter brings fresh thoughts to the Beatitudes. He reminds us poignantly that Jesus was the friend of sinners. They actually liked him... alot! 

As apprentices of Jesus, we are learning a life that religion cannot give us. This is a book about God's grace in all the wrong places.

Is anything sacred? Halter says 'yes', but not always in the ways that we have called things holy. 

This book is a slaughter house for sacred cows. 


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