Friday, March 25, 2011


It's kind of funny.  In the last week I have seen God move in awesome ways and directly answer three different prayers of mine.  But then I turn around and find out that between the Federal and State governments I owe around $1000.  There is nothing like seeing prayers answered and new trials to show you that you are doing what you're supposed to.  Now it's on to baking brownies to raise money.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Fight of Our Lives by Dr. William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn

In The Fight of Our Lives, Bennett and Leibsohn analyze the slow progression and acceptance of the Islamic faith into that of mainstream America and the Western world.  Through a Conservative lens, the authors look at why unless Islam goes through a sort of reformation it well never truly be compatible with the “American” paradigm and that we need to be cognizant of the fact.  Above all, the authors intend to make sure the reader does not become apathetic to the inherent dangers of allowing a religion whose whole point is to convert and impose its laws on others to have unchecked influence and sway.

The Fight of Our Lives did a good job of explaining how events in recent decades have directly contributed to current world events.  The line of evidence and rationale is well established, as is always with Dr. Bennett.  The authors’ passion to ensure that America remains sovereign and that Islam in its current form will not be compatible with America is impossible to overlook; they do not dance around the issues.  At times though, I did feel like this book read like a Michael Moore book, if he were trying to incite Liberals.  In checking some of the end-notes, it becomes apparent that the authors put a spin on some of the citations so they read in a manner that taken out of context is different than how they were used originally. 
In short, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of the Muslim/American conflict.  Rhetoric aside, this book challenges the reader to decide where they stand on the issue and to understand why it should matter to them.

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Age of Accountability.

Does anyone know where I can go to find information on when the Church began to teach this?  I've heard pastors reference it, I've read the Scriptures that justify the position, but I've not been able to see anywhere in the Bible where it specifically states anything of the nature and I want to read more on the issue.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


There's this scene in the movie Men in Black 2 that I can't seem to get out of my mind right now.  It's towards the end of the movie, and Tommy Lee Jones is talking to this alien princess who closely resembles Rosario Dawson.  In the scene, he asks her if she ever noticed that when she got sad it suddenly started raining (using this as evidence that she was an alien because she didn't quite realize it).  I look out the window and think:  "Rosario Dawson, cheer up so this weather doesn't suck."

On a more serious note, why does it always seem like the best day for a downer mood is when it's raining outside?

Monday, March 7, 2011

A Conversation with God- by Alton Gansky

In A Conversation with God, Alton Gansky takes some of the big questions that people have about the Christian faith and does his best to answer them using the Bible in various translations as his sole reference material.  Using the Bible is the best way to minimalize outside theological influence and limit the answers to what the Bible has to say. 

Much like a call-in radio program or talk-show, the book uses a chapter format that introduces the question, and then the characters of God and Jesus respond to the questions using Bible references and explanation to answer the questions.  Along the way, various characters like Peter, Judas, Job and other biblical people of note show up to also provide some insight.  I thought this was a clever way to address the questions of believers who have been a part of the Faith for either a short time or for quite a while.

There were parts that I enjoyed about this book and parts that really left me frustrated.  One area where I felt that Gansky shined in his work was that each of the 55 questions has an in-depth use of Scripture.  Each chapter was well thought-out.  This book captured my interest because in many points, he made answers to questions plain and simple and didn’t bother to use polished rhetoric; the chapter on why some books weren’t included in the Bible is a good one.  I also liked how each question could be isolated and read separately so that as a reader if I didn’t want to, I didn’t have to read through the whole book from beginning to end (which I did, though).

I felt that for the project of this book however, that Gansky might have tried to take on some really big questions that may not necessarily have been easily answered or explained in a four-page chapter.  Questions dealing with whether a person can lose their salvation, where disease and sickness originated, and what will happen at the end of time are subjects that multiple books have been written on and after reading chapter entries on these that didn’t give conclusive answers, I felt that they should have either not been included, or the questions should have been altered so that I didn’t feel like I was left hanging.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who is given the charge of leading a class for new Christians.  It is full of biblical truth and presented in an easy-to-understand manner.  This book may be too easy of a read or rather frustrating for mature Christians though, so be careful.  Be prepared to do additional research as sometimes the issues brought up may require further discussion.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


"'s also true that Easter does have a tendency to bring out a Christian's spiritual gift of odd."
     -Matthew Paul Turner, from his article "The Hunt for Easter" in the March/April 2011 Relevant.

I guess I've never really thought about the extra "umph" that we give to Easter as "odd."  Maybe that was because I've grown up in it and that's what I'm used to, but the more and more I think about it, there are some pretty weird things that Christians do to celebrate Easter.  Now, I'm not going to try and summarize Turner's article from Relevant because he did a great job in writing it.  I'm just going to say that I agree with him.

As Christians, Easter is an odd holiday.  It's the day when we celebrate a man rising from the dead after being gone for two days already.  This separates us from any other world religion; the fact that it really happened should make us the only religion, but that's beside the point.

We're getting ready to head into the season where we celebrate Easter and I say let's just be odd.  Period.  Don't wait for Easter Sunday, do something radical now!