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‘Dirty God’ is a book for anyone who wants to find the Jesus of scripture in the reality of their everyday lives and benefit from the grace that sustains even among the mud and muck of humanity. Johnie Moore invites you to grow out of your Sunday School picture of the blond-haired, blue-eyed Jesus, and to look again at the man who entered fully into the mess of human existence to bring us the life changing gift of God – his unlimited grace.
As grown ups we need a new appreciation of who Jesus was and is. We need to free ourselves – and him from the childhood restrictions of a picture book Jesus with his perfect white robe. To be his followers in our times, we need to see the dust on his feet and dirt beneath his fingernails. We need to find the Jesus of the gutters and the trenches and, sometimes, we even need to join him there.
Johnnie Moore draws on both scripture and his experience as pastor, teacher, vice president of Liberty University, to reveal the God of the Bible in his willingness to be near us in all of our self-made chaos and confusion. He invites you to meet a Jesus with dirt under his fingernails. A Jesus unafraid of reaching into the mud and muck of humanity to extend grace to the children he loves.
In ‘Dirty God: Jesus In The Trenches’, Moore outlines the importance grace while a humble and human Jesus reaches out to us at our worst and pulls us up to our best. In the book’s two part structure, Moore shows how grace is both received and given allowing you explore and experience both aspects. Through hope rather than condemnation, ‘Dirty God’ appeals to both the committed Christian and the spiritually curious looking for a more authentic faith.
Dirty God by Johnnie Moore was published by Thomas Nelson in January 2013 and is our 14058th best seller. The ISBN for Dirty God is 9780849964510.
Johnnie Moore's Call to the Trenches
Posted: Sunday, March 17th
- GETTING GREACE
Talking Smack To Fake Gods
The Cof With Dirty Hands
Jesus Made A Mess Of Things
Jesus Aand The Rejects
Grace Sleeps With Rryth
Mayberry, Tsunamis And Clean Again
Christians Should Be Happy, For God’s Sake
How To Miss The Grace Of God
- GIVING GRACE
What’s Good About Death
What To Do When Terrorists Kill Your Spouse
God Might Wasn’t You To Fail Your Test
Cracking Pandora's Box
A Grace Starved Planet
Grace In The Trenches
How To Perform Miracles
What Could Happen If Grace Covered The Earth
About The Author
Jesus is easily the most famous person in the world. You can travel to almost anywhere in the world and say his name, and people think of certain things when you say his name. Maybe it’s the image you saw as a little child; the popular image of Jesus, the blond haired, blue eyed Jesus with the robe that’s perfectly creased and snow white.
But have you ever wonder what Jesus smelt like? Ever wondered what the dirt under his fingernails looked like? Ever imagined his feet walking around in the desert and then the trails between Nazareth and Jerusalem; from a town of about 400 people to a big metropolitan city? The Jesus in the Bible is a bit rough about the edges. He’s the Jesus that turned the tables over in the Temple. He's’ the Jesus that called the respected religious leaders of his time, ‘sons of Satan’.
But when he saw a leper walking down the road with the disease of his body eating him from the inside out, Jesus didn’t walk on the other side, he touched that man – that no-one else would touch, and he healed him. That’s grace. He wasn’t a clean-cut God, he was a ‘Dirty God’. He got dirty so that the world could get clean. What would happen if you and I joined Jesus in the trenches?
“Johnnie is a leader who deeply understands the depths of God’s love and lives in a graceful lifestyle of love to others. Johnnie writes an important message to the next generation about something our culture can’t fully understand: the grace of God.” - Rick Warren; author of 'The Purpose Driven Life', Senior Pastor, Saddleback Church.
“Jesus gives grace to us and through us. This brings glory to God, good to others, and gladness to us. This book invites us to both get and give God’s grace.” - Mark Driscoll; author of 'Who Do You Think You Are', Founding Pastor Mars Hill Church, Co-Founder Acts 29 Church Planting Network, Founder Resurgence.
“Moore’s words strip away dusty, stale preconceptions and introduce us to a very real Savior who pursues us through the grit and grime of life and who would do anything to let you know how much He loves you.” - Karen Kingsbury; author of 'The Bridge' and 'The Chance'.
“I appreciate Johnnie Moore’s heart for the things of God and his desire to see believers live their lives as agents of His grace. Dirty God is essential reading for anyone interested in gaining a deeper grasp of the free, life-transforming power of grace.” - Jim Daly; President - Focus on the Family.
"Every earthly exposition on God's grace will always fall short in unveiling its eternal efficacy.but this book comes incredibly close. Like a pair of misplaced glasses that have been found, Dirty God brings God's grace into focus in way that will shatter our misconceptions and shape our future." - Pastor Bob Coy, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale
"It's rare to find a leader who communicates as clearly and with as much humility and transparency as Johnnie Moore. Not only will his new book Dirty God show you how to get grace - it will inspire you to give grace to a world that is in great need." - entezen Franklin, Senior Pastor, Free Chapel New York Times best-selling author od 'Fasting'.
"From people that are far from God to the people that walk with Him daily, we are all undeserving of God's grace. In his book Dirty God, Johnnie Moore provides an honest perspective on God's unorthodox approach to save the world He created. New believers and seasoned Christians alike will appreciate this book's challenge to receive and share the grace of God without limits." - Steven Furtick; Lead Pastor, Elevation Church; author of 'Sun Stand Still'.
"I love the way Johnnie Moore writes. In 'Dirty God', he captures the call to share grace in a way that is raw and honest and hopeful. We need more books like this." - Jon Acuff; Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of 'Quitter' and 'Stuff Christians Like'.
"I love Johnnie Moore's new book, 'Dirty God'. Johnnie does us a favor by bringing us back to basics: the Cross of Christ changed everything! God got down in the trenches with us, and extends grace to the least, the last and the lost. This book will lead you to a deeper understanding of grace in your own life, and God will use it to make you salt and light to a world so desperate for authentic Christianity." - Bob Creson; President/CEO Wycliffe Bible Translators USA.
"Johnnie Moore writes with a refreshing passion." - Luis Palau, World Evangelist.
"Johnnie Moore is one of Christianity's most promising next generation leaders."- Johnny Hunt; Pastor, First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia, Former President, Southern Baptist Convention.
"Jesus gives grace to us and through us. This brings glory to God, good to others, and gladness to us. This book invites us to both get and give God's grace." -Mark Driscoll; Founding Pastor Mars Hill Church.
Johnnie Moore is the twenty-something campus pastor, teacher, vice president of Liberty University, and author of Honestly. In this book ‘Dirty God’ he explores the vast potential for good that could become a reality if Christians would only stop trying to be religious people and start being people of grace. With near unbelievable true stories and penetrating insight, Moore dismantles the misguided structures of today’s Western Christianity and instead proposes a rebuilding of our whole outlook and purpose on the message of the Jesus of the Gospels.
This Jesus, he reveals, isn’t a man who demands his followers first clean up their act before they turn to him. Instead he gets himself dirty with them – down in their world of mud and messiness, of chaos and confusion. This Jesus has dust on his feet and dirt under his fingernails because he’s down here in the trenches of the battle alongside us and transforming us.
Moore tells his embattled readers that God isn’t here to punish his people because their mired in the moral mayhem. In fact the opposite, his compassion is such that he sent Jesus to spread not judgement, but joy; and still does. A show of divinely regal power, says ‘Moore, isn’t the answer. Only grace can set people free – grace given by God, and grace enacted by his followers.
With stories and personal experience from as far away as the Dadaab refugee camp, home to 500,000 desperate Somalis, to a leper colony in India, Moore shows how every person and every situation is an opportunity waiting to receive and reveal the life-changing grace of God.
In the introduction to ‘Dirty God’, Johnie Moore recounts the story of a group of Oxford acadamics and theologians who were debating the distinguishing, unique if not superior qualities of Christianity when they noticed the presence of C S Lewis. They agreed to consult Lewis on his opinion. “What is it,” one of them asked, “that makes Christianity stand out from the other great religions of the world?” Without a second’s hesitation, Lewis replied: “That's easy. It’s grace.”
Grace is what Christ’s teaching - and so Christianity, is all about, argues Moore. In fact, that’s all it's about – getting grace and giving grace. The book is divided into two sections under those two headings. Having worked out what Christianity is about, the author travels the world to find out what other religions might have to offer as their core belief. In his words, Johnie Moore goes ‘kicking the tyres’ of other religions.
One place he visits is Ajmer, the sacred centre for followers of the mystical religious expression, Sufism. The Ajmer shrine, that entombs the Sufi saint, Moinuddin Chishti, has drawn devotees through its massive ornate gates for hundreds of years. Pilgrims tie strings to the gates as they pass through, each cord representing a prayer which should be removed when the prayer is answered. Yet the gate remains festooned in ancient and decaying threads. Pilgrims also bring with them gifts of roses, many of these blooms lie around the shrine long since dead and turning dust. But they also bring their petitions and pleas before God.
The author recounts the outpouring of emotion that typifies these prayers as the faithful earnestly wait for miracles. The experience leads him to consider how desperate we are to draw God into our own world of pain and suffering and our desire for his comfort, strength, reassurance and relief. Moore points out that every religion has its customs and rituals; enacted with the sole aim of bringing about this divine intervention.
But, he argues, Jesus gives us a different story. Jesus teaches that we already have God’s attention. We can stop trying so hard to get it. “The real God is a God who delights in giving grace.” From here, Moore goes on to explore the Old Testament for examples of God’s readiness to show himself and give himself to… well everyone, really. I found some of this a bit of a diversion from his theme, but he gets back on track with an account of his visit to a leper colony in India.
In his leper colony experience you get your first direct connection of Moore’s thinking with the Jesus of the New Testament. We see the man who shocked the authorities and broke the rules of ritual cleanliness to show compassion to the outcasts – those deemed unworthy of God's attention. In an age when lepers were considered as simply receiving their just rewards for sin, Jesus challenges the law that ‘bad things happen to bad people’.
Adding ever more colour to his picture of Jesus as a man prepared to get his hands dirty – giving grace where it was needed rather than where it was deemed to be deserved, ‘Dirty God’ moves into the second half of its message and how we, as followers of Jesus, can respond to his example. In the final chapter he addresses the visionary question: ‘What could happen if grace covered the earth?’ Johnie Moore stretches your imagination and faith to help you find out. – Les Ellison
In ‘Dirty God’, Johnie Moore invites you to leave behind your Sunday School picture of the blond-haired, blue-eyed Jesus. Instead, he offers you the man who entered fully into the mess of human existence, the man with dust on his feet and dirt beneath his fingernails who brought us the life changing gift of God – his unlimited grace.
As grown ups we need a new appreciation of who Jesus was and is. We need to free ourselves – and him from the childhood restrictions of a picture book Jesus with his perfect white robe. To be his followers in our times, we need to rediscover the Jesus of the gutters and the trenches and, sometimes, we even need to join him there.
‘Dirty God’ is a book for anyone who wants to find the Jesus of scripture in the reality of their everyday lives and benefit from the grace that sustains even among the mud and muck of humanity.
|Author / Artist||Johnnie Moore|
|Book Format||Paperback / softback|
|Publisher||Thomas Nelson (January 2013)|
|Number of Pages||224|
|Page last updated||24th November 2016|