June 2012

Mark’s #22 – The Case For Life by Scott Klusendorf

June 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

If you are a follower of Christ, you must get your head out of the cultural sand, read this book, and begin to use your voice in the public market place of ideas and dialogue regarding the cause of countless millions of murdered, unborn humans. Scott Klusendorf, president of the Life Training Institute, presents a very compelling, thoughtful, and sound argument on behalf of the unborn humanity for their right to life.  One does not need to hold to a Christian worldview to understand and embrace the majority of the scientific and philosophical arguments Scott puts forward. As a pastor, I thought I was pretty clued in already to the tragedy of abortion and the cause of the pro-life movement.  Having read this book, I realized, I hadn’t a clue.  Few books move me to such indignation (against abortion) and passion to fight for those who have no voice in our culture of murder for the sake of convenience, greed, and ignorance. In part one, Klusendorf gets to the heart of the issue, “what is the unborn?”  Are they human or not?  If they are not human, then abortion is, as abortion-choice people argue, ‘morally neutral’.  However, if they are […]

Mark’s #21 – Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (1985)

June 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

A classic of science fiction, Ender’s Game is the story  from the far dystopian future of young Ender Wiggin’s training (along with other children) to become an international  fleet commander to defend earth from a third devastating attack of alien ‘Buggers’.   Ender’s training becomes increasingly demanding and difficult, but with each new challenge he manages to rise to the occasion showing himself to be a tactical genius, even as a young boy of 11 years old. Identified as the only hope left for  the survival of humanity,  Ender too eventually comes to realize the high and heavy calling on his life, regardless of his desire to be just a normal boy.   Along the way, those in charge of Ender’s training push him physically, emotionally, and psychologically to the very edge of total breakdown. The story is engaging, fast-paced, unique, and unpredictable.  If you like science fiction, then Ender’s Game should probably be on your reading list. Share on Facebook

Ally’s #25: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

June 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

Can I just start by saying what a dang awesome title this book has! It is sounds equally intrepid to the story Lewis lays out for us. The Dawn Treader….arghhhhh! I was kind of glad to see the elder Pevensies (Peter and Susan) ditched in this book. They were growing irresolute in their views of Narnia and of Aslan after just one year back in England. Edmund and Lucy, however, maintained their childlike faith, but they too would be advised by Aslan when there visits to Narnia would come to an end. In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, we are introduced to some delightful, some bizarre, and some downright exasperating characters. In the first category, we have the (literal, not Hollywood) stars, Coriakin, Ramandu, and Ramandu’s daughter. In the second category, we have the foot-fetish dufflepuds of the Island of Voices, who are not only cursed with invisibility, but also suffer from severe feeble-mindedness. Edmund and Lucy’s cousin, Eustace Clarence Scrubb, overflows the third category all by himself. We also get a peek into the type of man and king Caspian has become in the span of time it’s taken Edmund and Lucy to return to Narnia. While the […]

Mark’s #20 – Sexual Detox by Tim Challies (2010)

June 28, 2012 // 0 Comments

In preparation for last weeks sermon on sexual immorality (Ephesians 5:3-14), I read this short book dealing with the issue of porn addiction. This is an issue that is the elephant in the pew in our churches today. Sexual immorality in all its forms is the most common issue I deal with as a pastor and counselor. In this book, Tim Challies writes primarily to men struggling with porn addictions.  He shows the damaging effects this sin has on men, women, marriages, and families.  He guides guys to a path of hope and freedom from the vicious cycle. The price of the book was worth it from this one paragraph alone: Here’s a promise.  You will never stop until you begin to see the monstrous nature of the sin you are committing.  You will never stop until the sin is more horrifying to you than the commission of the sin is enjoyable. You will need to hate that sin before you can find freedom from it. That means you need more grace.  You need to cry out to be changed so you do see the monstrous nature of this sin, and then you need to act, in faith that God […]

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