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I haven’t posted a light leisure reading for the weekend for a few weeks now.  Sometimes Pastors also need to take a mental break…

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Andy Diggle.  Green Arrow: Year One. New York, NY: DC Comics, April 22nd, 2008. 160 pp.

This was for a fun read.  I did enjoyed it.  This is another character that I don’t know anything about and it explains the origin of the DC hero Green Arrow and his beginnings.  The story tells us of a rich and spoiled young man name Oliver Queen who suddenly found a purpose in life in fighting for justice.  What began as a trip on a yacht with an ex-Royal Marine mentor on all things “manly” becomes horrific as he is conned and left for dead.  But Oliver survives alone in an island where he soon found out that it is run by an evil enterprise where the natives are enslaved.  This fight for justice for the native would launch him into a career of being a hero for justice.  Overall I enjoyed this story and the character’s transition from a celebrity spoiled brat as seen in how he ruined a charity auction become a man with a deep sense of justice.

Purchase: Amazon

 

If you are interested in comics here’s a link to my Collection of Posts: Superheroes, Comics and Worldview Series.

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How do I initiate Spiritual Conversations?  Do you ever feel awkward as to how to talk to someone about spiritual matters and you don’t know what to say?  Is there someone you want to talk to about spiritual matter but don’t know how to start?  Or you are starting to disciple someone but you realize the discipleship can be more personal so it is more than just a one-on-one book reading club.  I think by nature I am an introvert.  I write this with them in mind.  I’m also a preacher and I realize the danger that what can begin as a spiritual conversation suddenly transform into a one-way sermon with an audience of one.  I found that what helps me in both those situations is the importance of initiating a spiritual conversation by asking the other person questions and then listening.

The following are questions that I found helpful to asks to initiate spiritual conversations.  I must add that there are no magic bullets here.  One must not forget the importance of Christian love that drives one’s spiritual conversation.  If you ask these questions merely to go through them, well, you won’t get far.  But asking question with Christian love does make an impact.  Don’t forget the words of Jesus on the duty of Christian love: “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).

Here are the questions:

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