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Guidance and the voice of God Jensen Payne

Phillip D. Jensen and Tony Payne. Guidance and the Voice of God. Youngstown, OH: Matthias Media, September 16th, 2012. 183 pp.

This work is an expanded and revised edition of a book on God’s guidance and the will of God.  I received this book from the Shepherd’s Conference and didn’t realized I had it until I found it again in my book shelf as I was working on a series for my church on the sovereignty of God.  Talk about providence and what the book called “God’s behind the scene” guidance!  I found this book quite helpful and refreshing since the authors stressed the Bible as the means of knowing God’s will and they go against the grain of some of the books and speakers out there on seeking the plan of God that is man-centered, mystical or down right weird.

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top10

Here are the top 10 posts here on our blog, Veritas Domain, that was written in 2015.  I noticed there’s a lot of apologetics responses pieces or resources that dominate the top 10.

Again thank you guys for reading our blog, sharing it with others and commenting your thoughts!

Did you remembered any of them or were blessed by them?

2015 in review

This is the annual stats review for this blog.

May the Lord use it all to exalt His glory, to edify God’s people and to evangelize the lost.

I appreciate the interaction with all of you online here.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 140,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

This is a two part lectues series that was done by Christian apologist Sam Shamoun over at Calvary Chapel Pacific Coast in 2011.  Sam Shamoun is also known as the “Assyrian Encyclopedia,” a nickname Dr. James White have mentioned in his Dividing Line Radio Show.

This resource is valuable in our day and age with the rise of Islam and radical Islam on the news.  So here’s the two videos from Youtube:

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God's Servant Job Douglas Bond

Douglas Bond. God’s Servant Job: A Poem with a Promise.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, October 31st, 2015. 32 pp.

This is a children’s book on the book of Job in the Bible.   The book is really a poem by Douglas Bond for kids on the story of Job and his suffering.  I was surprised at how much the author was able to rhyme while also retaining the structure of the book of Job.  I read this to my children who are all four years old and under and I think they were able to follow along though I think this book might be intended for elementary school age kids.

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WARNING: Contain spoilers.

I don’t really watch much movies let alone movies with superheroes but when I do, I do think about worldviews.  Here I want to look at X Men: First Class and it’s theme of God, evolution and ethics.

We’ll start with the movie’s opening scene.

The movie’s opens with a rainy moment where the first thing viewers see are some feet walking in the mud and the rain.  Whoever those feet belong to, they certainly were not walking in confidence or in a hurry to get out of the rain.  One can’t tell whether it’s day or night; nor does it matter, since it is meant to invoke nihilistic and hopeless feeling to the viewers.  Nothing captures the symptom of nihilism and hopelessness as the losing track of time and where one’s external environment no longer matter.  A few seconds into it, you see the backside of a soldier manning a machine gun post with the unmistakeable Nazi shape helmet, and a caption that says “Poland 1944.”  Here everything on the screen tells the viewer that the setting is in a holocaust concentration camp, with a line of people marching.  As the movie continues, attention focuses on a young boy and his father and mother.  The Nazis separated the child from his parents, with one party going one direction and the other another.  With the mom crying and looking back, the young boy ran towards the direction of his parents, only to have one soldier, then two and eventually four soldiers pulling this young boy back.   All the while, the young lad has his hand stretched out to the gate that blocks where his parents has headed towards.   If that does not call the viewers attention to the incredible power this boy has, the scene with the Nazis soldiers looking at the twisted gate now makes the viewers realize that this child has super power (and for those familiar with the X-Men story, this would make fans immediately realize that the young child is Erik Lehnsherr who later becomes the villain Magneto).

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geek comics video games

I saw someone shared a news story on Christmas day with the following headlines, “Star Wars fans and video game geeks ‘more likely to be narcissists’, study finds.”  The first three paragraphs states

Those who take part in “geeky events” are more likely to have an “elevated grandiose” level of narcissism, according to a study conducted by the University of Georgia.

Psychologists examined the personality traits of those who turn to “geek culture”, developing a Geek Culture Engagement Scale and a Geek Identity Scale to help quantify the figures.

It was found that those who scored highly on both scales were more likely to narcissists.

Since we’re doing a current series on our blog on Christian worldview series on superheroes and comics I thought it was timely to post on this finding especially after reading the abstract to the actual study identified geek and geek culture relations to “obscure media” which include comics:

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