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Charles H. Spurgeon. The Secret of Power in Prayer.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, July 17th 2016. 22 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Chapel Library

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

This booklet is based upon a sermon delivered by the Prince of Preacher, Charles Spurgeon on the topic of prayer.  I was looking for a short devotional work to encourage my prayer life and this certainly encouraged me to appreciate the privilege of praying to God.  This work is based upon the verse John 15:7.  John 15:7 in the NASB states, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”  Although Spurgeon preached this message back in 1888 it is relevant even for today, which is a testimony of Spurgeon’s faithful preaching of the Bible, which of course is always relevant for our spiritual life.

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This is part of my series of lesson plans I am doing where I’m teaching my daughters life science and also the wonder of God’s creation.  This is for kids ages 4-5.

Purpose: In this lesson we will learn about the caterpillar’s survival and also transformation.

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This volume comes out today!

Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando.  Batman/The Shadow: The Murder Geniuses. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, November 28, 2017. 168 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is probably my favorite comic in 2017!  I love Batman and I just found out about the Shadow this year; now the two superheroes are together in a story told by a team that include Scott Snyder, a writer who have written some of my favorite Batman stories.

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This is a guest post by our Twitter friend @SolaChristos.  While I am critical of much of today’s Evangelicalism in politics nevertheless I believe there are those who subscribe to Radical Two Kingdom Theology (“Escondido Theology”) that limit the Lordship of God.  Here’s a review of a book critiquing Escondido Theology.

Willem J Ouweneel. The World Is Christ’s – A Critique of Two-Kingdoms Theology. Publisher is Ezra Press. August 18, 2017. 399pp

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Why Should You Care About This Book?

In the preface of the book, Dr. Ouwneel lays the groundwork for why an analysis of Two-Kingdoms theology is needed:

‘…there are questions such as: Must I, as a Christian, send my child to a Christian school, or is that not necessary, or is it even undesirable? I am a Christian and a politician; should my Christian convictions direct how I vote on bills, and should I even publicly explain my Christian convictions, or is that in fact biblically wrong? Can I, as a Christian, shop at stores that support anti-biblical actions? Should Christian work for a more Christian character of society, or would that be a basic error? Are there Christian ways of doing science, the arts, psychology, economics, or politics? Or is that just as silly as asking whether there is such a thing as Christian plumbing? By the way, does my church have any say in issues like these? Formally or morally?

Not so long ago, for many Christians the answers to these questions were relatively easy and self evident. They firmly believed that Jesus was Lord over all of their lives, and everything in life was ‘religious’, that is, involved their relationship with God…

Today, this picture has changed drastically. The revision began with Presbyterian theologian Meredith Kline, and other Presbyterian theologians at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido,CA) followed in his wake such as Michael Horton, Darryl Hart, and David VanDrunen…’

The truth of Scripture is a complex interwoven garment that will fray in many places if a single thread is removed. Ouweneel documents the overall damage to the garment and how many threads are affected by Two-Kingdoms theology.

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GO TO PART 43

Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of alleged Bible contradiction comes up and the example given of a Bible contradiction really isn’t a Bible contradiction but an instance where one account gives lesser detail than another account.  Think for instance of those who raise the question “How many men were possessed with demons at the country of the Gadarenes?”  Are there examples we can give in other areas outside of the Bible of how such a tactic to claim there’s a Bible contradiction is problematic?

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A long holiday weekend!  Here’s this weekend’s light reading weekend reviews…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading.

To check out part one of historical fiction comics I reviewed this year click here.  Since I read more than I can review there’s also a part three I’ll post sometime in December.

Code Word: Geronimo

Dale A. Dye. Code Word: Geronimo.  San Diego, CA: IDW Publishing, September 20th, 2011. 88 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

The subtitle of this graphic novel is “The True Story of the Raid Against Osama Bin Laden.”  This is a comic book telling of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.  The publisher IDW Publishing brought together a very interesting and talented team to tell this story.  For instance this work is written by a former US Marine Captain Dale Dye.  Dye’s biographical background is rather remarkable with his beginning as an enlisted Marine who rose quickly to the rank of Master Sergeant within thirteen years and later became a commissioned officer.  He is a veteran of both Vietnam and Beirut.  I think no doubt his military background helped with the story; I have seen some other military historical theme graphic novels that has less attention to details in its accuracy both in terms of the writing and the artwork than this particular work.  This is also probably the only comic book that I have seen the creators include someone with a PhD.  Julia Dye is mentioned on the cover as having a PhD and her creator biography in the last page mentioned she has a doctorate in anthropology in human conflict and her career specialization is keeping “the Entertainment Industry honest…and helps Hollywood directors capture the realities of warfare.”

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I thought I share my series of lesson plans I am doing where I’m teaching my daughters life science and also the wonder of God’s creation.  This is for kids ages 4-5.

Purpose: In this lesson we will learn the growth of a caterpillar from hatching to molting, movement, feeding and parts of a caterpillar’s body.

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