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I finally got around to reviewing this awesome work for this Friday evening’s weekend leisure reading…why?  Because Pastors need mental breaks too…

Mark Waid.  Kingdom Come. New York, NY: DC Comics, October 1st, 1997. 231 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Let me say in the beginning that in what follows in this review it will contain spoilers.

I read this graphic novel after this was recommended to me on my blog by Robert Jones.  I rarely begin any review of comics talking about the artwork (I’m more into the story than the artwork) but I must say Alex Ross has done an incredible work with the illustrations throughout the entire book.  The amount of attention to details was amazing especially for comics.  I love the complex facial expressions Ross was able to capture ranging from shock, being disturbed and anguished.  Again, incredible.  You even gain something by looking at what’s happening with the background.  I personally felt Ross’ artistic approach was that of Norman Rockwell but situated in the future and focused on superheroes.  I have always felt Rockwell’s art has a sense of realism of everyday life but one with a sense of direction that makes you think about us as persons in society; Ross’ work of art is like that but with even more realism in the sense that he captures that all n the world is not all right; it is filled with a streak of darkness, disappointments and despair.  In fact as I will later mention in the review knowing a bit of Rockwell might help us to interpret this work.

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What is a man and a woman?

This series of posts we will see seven truths derived from Genesis 1:26-28 concerning God’s creation of man and woman so that we would understand God’s design of manhood and womanhood for our lives today.

Last time we saw Truth # 1: God created both men and female and God has the authority to say what man and woman is supposed to be.

In this post we will look at point 2 and 3.

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Two months ago I wrote “Problems with Reza Aslan’s Rejection of Jesus Before Pilate Part 1.”  This is the second installment.

Reza Aslan has gotten into more controversies since my last post.  He’s managed to get himself kicked out of CNN. And that reminded me to work on part 2 of this series.

Aslan’s most popular book is Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.

Reza Aslan questions the historicity of Jesus being before Pilate as the Gospels presented it.  On page 148 of the book he writes:

Either the threat posed by Jesus to the stability of Jerusalem is so great that he is one of only a handful of Jews to have the opportunity to stand before Pilate and answer for his alleged crimes, or else the so-called trial before Pilate is a fabrication.  There is reason to suspect that latter. (148)

We are examining his “reason” to question the Gospels’ accounts of Jesus appearing before Pilate.  In part 1 I pointed out the problem with Aslan’s academic credentials and also refuted Aslan’s argument based upon Aslan’s assertion that Pilate was one who was not for trials.  Here in this post I want to look at another of Aslan’s “reason.”

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What is a man and a woman?

In this series of posts we will see 7 truth derived from Genesis 1:26-28 concerning God’s creation of man and woman so that we would understand God’s design of manhood and womanhood for our lives today.

Why this study on Genesis 1?

  • We want to see how God intended men and woman to be so that we understand the role for today.
  • While Genesis 1 is a summary of the creation of man and woman we see that there are a lot of truths that is established here that is foundational for the Bible’s discussion of manhood and womanhood.

Let us start with the first truth that lays the foundation for all else that follows.

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I would like to ask for prayers for my ministry in July and August. Besides regular pastoral visitations and evangelism I typically preach at least 4 times during the week but this summer it is going to be my busiest season of ministry.  Towards the end of summer I’ll be going overseas to teach in undisclosed countries on two different courses in theology.  At the same time there’s a lot I’m doing stateside: there’s a retreat, a conference and some other guest speaking at other churches. My biggest prayer request?  Please pray for wisdom and strength for my studies.

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Thank you for DC  for allowing me to review this comic.  This new book comes out today.  For more of my reviews of comics check out Collection of Posts: Superheroes, Comics and Worldview Series.

Gene Yang.  New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made In China. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, June 27th, 2017. 231 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This was a fun read.  This was a little different than the typical Superman comic. This New Superman is Chinese (as one can gleam from the subtitle).  I loved the story as it was a breath of fresh air from the generic Superman story and also that it was a different cultural perspective.  I am glad DC printed this and had a good writer name Gene Yang tell this story.  Thus far this is my favorite of DC’s latest company-wide relaunched called Rebirth.

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Short little clip from a larger lecture and series from Harvest Bible Chapel of Waterloo Region.

It discusses relativism which is all too prevalent today.

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