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A weekend nonfiction leisure reading review…because even Pastors need a break from heavy theological reading.

Flo Groberg and Tom Sileo. 8 Seconds of Courage: A Soldier’s Story from Immigrant to the Medal of Honor.  New York, NY: Simon Schuster, November 17th, 2017. 208 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is the story of Flo Groberg, a US Army infantry officer who was a recipient of the Medal of Honor in 2015 for actions in Afghanistan in 2012.  There’s few Medal of Honor that has been awarded in the post-9/11 world and still fewer who are among the living that received it; Flo Groberg is one of them.  The autobiography tells the story of his childhood, his decision to join the Army, his time in Afghanistan and after his time in the military.  Reading this book makes me grateful for men like Groberg who was willing to risk his life and limb for others.

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Diane Stortz. I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God.  Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing Company, February 2nd 2016.  224 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Looking for a devotional Bible stories book you can read to your kids?  I like this particular book because this is a children’s Bible story book based upon God’s titles found in the Word of God. There are forty chapters in the book with each covering a different title.  The subtitle for the book is “40 Reasons to Trust God” and of course God’s title reveal His character and attributes which are reasons why we can trust God.  I enjoyed reading this book to my children and also my children enjoyed it when I read it to them.  They would often ask me to keep on reading to the next chapter as part of our nightly reading routine before they go to sleep.

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  1. Scott Oliphint. Thomas Aquinas. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, November 30th, 2017. 168 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This is the first book in the Great Thinkers series published by Presbyterian and Reformed.  It is written by Christian theologian and apologist K. Scott Oliphint in which he examines and critiques the thought of medieval philosopher and apologist Thomas Aquinas. In this series introduction Nathan Shannon tells us the threefold goal for each volume in the series: First it is intended to be academically informed.  Second it seeks to maintain a high standard of biblical and theological faithfulness.  Third the series aim is to be accessible for readers without unnecessary difficult jargons and vocabulary.

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A weekend light reading review…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading.

Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker.  Gotham Central Book Three: On the Freak Beat. New York, NY: DC Comics, September 15th 2009. 224 pp.

3 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is the third volume in the “Gotham Central” series, which feature stories of the police and detectives in the make-believe city of Gotham where many of the Batman stories takes place.  Following several members of the Major Crimes Unit, or MCU for short, we see these men and women also tackling on the “freaks,” who are the supervillains that Batman has to battle (hence the book’s subtitle).

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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 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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