Saturday, April 2, 2016

Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach

  Messy Grace is the insider look into the life of Caleb Kaltenbach, a pastor with a wholly unique background. Raised by his mother and her female partner, he was often taken to pride parades and grew up in a LGBT friendly environment. This meant he was often exposed to the hatred and bigotry of people claiming to be “Christian.”

In a surprising twist, Caleb found God, became a christian and then a pastor. His past allows him to have unique views on how the church should handle relationships with the LGBT community. What stands out to me is his approach to balancing truth and grace. I have seen 2 strong attitudes from the church on homosexuality, ignore it or vehemently condemn it.

Kaltenbach recommends a different approach. His goal is to see the church demonstrate love and grace, without denying the truth. Hate the sin, love the sinner. I feel the best message of “Messy Grace” is that Jesus's command to “love your neighbor as yourself” has no exceptions, not if your neighbor is gay, or muslim, or anything else you might find hard to relate to. With the current atmosphere of politics this message is one that needs to be heard. I'm sure you won't agree with everything Kaltenbach says, I don't. This book is still a good read, especially for anyone who has a loved one in the LGBT community or has trouble knowing how to handle the LGBT community.

“There is no shortage of books on how Christians can lovingly and meaningfully engage their gay family members and friends. Caleb Kaltenbach has an important message for everyone who shares a commitment to both grace and truth.” —Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family 

received this book in exchange for my honest review from Blogging for Books. All opinions are 100% my own. 

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