HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Within the Halls of Pilate: Seeking Undenominational Christianity
Author: David T. Lusk
Publisher: Quality Publications, 1983
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Lusk, David T. Within the Halls of Pilate: Seeking Undenominational Christianity (published in 1983 by Quality Publications, P. O. Box 1060, Abilene, TX 79604). In 1922 Johnson Oatman Jr. wrote a hymn, set to music by John Wesley Dennis in 1924, which is entitled, “I’ll Be a Friend to Jesus” and begins, “They tried my Lord and Master, With no one to defend; Within the halls of Pilate, He stood without a friend.” I assume that the title of this book comes from this song. When I picked the little volume up, I assumed that it was a treatise on the trial of Jesus before Pilate, similar to The Trial of Christ From a Legal and Scriptural Viewpoint by David K. Breed, only written by someone associated with churches of Christ. However, while it does reference many aspects of Christ’s trial, it is not just about that. Within the Halls of Pilate is a collection of nine articles drawn from evangelistic lessons based on the interaction of Pilate with our Lord as presented by the author.
David T. Lusk holds a B. A. degree in Bible from Oklahoma Christian College (now University) and has preached for churches of Christ in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. He wrote in the Introduction, “I fully believe that the inspired writers recorded all the details of Pilate because they were pointing us to some very important teaching. There were many things that the pagan governor said that touch believers and trouble the undecided….I have studied, I have preached, revised, rewritten and started all over again on Pilate’s words, and I present them here for your prayerful consideration.” There is an appendix that contains outlines of each chapter for those who might wish to develop their own lessons on the subject. I found it to be very interesting and beneficial reading.