The Real Origin of the Species: Twelve New and Compelling Reasons to Believe That God Exists is a BookCrash book from the Small Indie Publishers group. They gave me a copy for my unbiased review. This is a subject in which I am really interested (wrote a book on it). Sorry to say it’s a real disappointment. The design level of the book is barely competent [note the underlined Real in the Times Roman title].
Snide for heathen, basic stuff for believers
Oscar has a sarcastic manner (meant to be humorous, I’m sure) toward non-believers. I found myself offended for their sake. No one deserves that level of belittlement. I was in the evolutionist camp from public school in the fifties, through several decades as a hard-core believer, and only came to my senses a few years back. This book would have irritated me then also. (It still does, but I imagine you guessed that.)
My assumption is that Mr. Daniels has a following who love his teachings and that this will do fairly well for him. But it’s a pretty “thin” writing style and a very short book—a couple hours to read or less.
His compelling reasons are solid
I certainly do not remember twelve of them, but the arguments are good and I agree with his reasoning. The book feels more like a transcribed recording of a teaching. He claims his audience is believers looking for arguments to share with people they hope to lead to the Lord (or to at least straighten out their theology). For that type of readership, this book will work fairly well. So, I don’t hate it, love the general subject, and can recommend it as long as you are aware of the issues just mentioned. If my issues don’t bother you, you’ll like the book.
The Lion of Judah: By Talmoryair (Own work) Wikimedia Commons
I ran across this quote this morning from Dr. David R. Reagan of Lamb & Lion Ministries. It is from part one of his six-part series on America’s Spiritual Crisis. It is but one expression in a message from God with many voices these days, and one prophetic word we need to take seriously. How does the Lord want us to respond to the forceful rejection of God and His Truth in our society? This first quote is one I have been teaching to those under my responsibility since the late 1970s. It goes to the core of the problem.
First, I am neither a Republican or a Democrat. I am a Monarchist. And I say that because I have devoted my life to doing everything possible to prepare the way for the coming of the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He’s going to reign with a rod of iron from Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. He’s going to bring righteousness, and justice and peace to this earth, and I can hardly wait.
Here’s the way social commentator, Todd Starnes, recently put it in one of his books: “We don’t need more Americans bowing down to the Democrat donkey or the Republican elephant. We need more Americans bowing down to the Lion of Judah.”
It is good to see others in the church with this attitude. I’ve been saying this for several decades now. I’m a proud monarchist, serving my King.
We don’t need more conservatives or liberals, we need more dedicated followers of Jesus, the Messiah
Dr. Reagan continued with the following paragraphs in his letter to the readers of his blog:
And that thought brings me to my second disclaimer. I do not believe that either the Democrats or the Republicans are the hope of America. Rather, I believe that Jesus is our only hope. And, because I believe Jesus is our only hope, I therefore believe we have little hope because we have turned our backs on God.
This point was illustrated after the horrible Connecticut school shooting when someone designed a t-shirt which says: “Dear, God, why do you allow so much violence in our schools? Signed, a Concerned Student. Dear, Concerned Student, I’m not allowed in schools. Signed, God.” That pretty well sums it up.
Our only hope is national repentance
Of course, this requires a leader who will call for that. We need to be on our knees praying “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”. Jesus is our only hope. Without His help, America is swiftly sliding down the tubes with no return in sight. Is there hope? Of course! In Jesus there is always hope. The question is whether the hope is for individual saints, small outposts of the church, or our society.
Seek the Lord while He may be found!
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
English: Catrinas, traditions figures of day of the dead celebrations in Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In Ministry Today’s daily newsletter they posted an article today called 10 of the Most Fiercely Defended Traditions in Church. It’s a silly discussion about the number of comments received about worship style, pastor duties, and so on. It’s not very helpful or edifying. However…
Many extra-biblical church traditions are problematic
No, I am not coming against the Day of the Dead, Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras. These go far beyond extra-biblical into worldly events. But there are many things we take for granted in our churches which need to be looked at because of their extra-biblical nature. They are not necessarily evil, but we do need to carefully adjust to make them work well.
Let me give you a small list:
- Sinner’s Prayer: Actually, this is a serious problem. Not only is it extra-biblical, but it is contrary to the Great Commission. Jesus did not tell us to get people saved by reciting the Sinner’s Prayer. He told us to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…” Matthew 28: 19-20 NASB Now if we are careful, the sinner’s prayer can help us get a person’s attention so that we can then disciple him or her. However, the sinner’s prayer has a conversion rate of around a half of a percent [.5%] without counseling and followup.
- Adult Sunday School: Nothing wrong here, but is it the best use of your time and resources? How often have you experienced real ministry in a Sunday School class? Is it participatory ministry or a dead lecture?
- Sermons: Have you really read I Corinthians 14 lately? Does the following scripture passage really sound like the church service you went to last Sunday? Where’s the sermon? Where’s the choir or worship team? Where’s the offering (or the announcements)? Where’s the eucharist or Holy Communion service? This is the only New Testament description of a Sunday Service of which I am aware.
Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God. Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. (I Corinthians 14: 26-33 NKJV)
- Slain in the spirit: For those who don’t know, this is when people fall over under the power of the Holy Spirit when they are being prayed for. I’m not denying its reality. I know it really happens and by all reports it’s a wonderful time with the Lord. I’m just saying the justification for the practice is barely Biblical and probably extra-biblical. It’s certainly not important doctrinally.
Basically what I am saying is that many of the churchly activities are social or psychological events without a firm Biblical basis. None of things I mentioned are evil. But you need to pray for wisdom and follow the leading of the Lord to make them useful and edifying to the people in the church.
What traditions worry you?
Political/military thrillers don’t get much better than this. I always loved reading this type of book because of the information about the world around me. I like books by authors who’ve been there and who can give me knowledge of which I wasn’t aware.
If the insights about North Korea are accurate, ’tis scary
I suspect they are. A criminal enterprise with a global reach and virtually unlimited finds, Pyongyang is the center of a true force for evil in our world. As a believer, it’s exciting to watch as we see evil exposed around the world. It’s all aligning Biblically, where NK is just a minor supplier of parts for the forces of the Antichrist yet to be revealed. We don’t know how close that is, but the blatancy of the enemy is remarkable. It suggests the great news of the millennium: Jesus really is coming soon. The King is Coming! Look up!
The undercover realities are exceptional.
I have no idea how a person can live in the midst of such lying, betrayal, and nastiness. Hamer bring a reality to the undercover operator world which is very believable. The North Korean criminal world certainly seems real. They’re not nice…and of course Hezbollah is what they are—a real class act. Disgusting, but the good guys win. yeah! The story is great fun in a worldly way (and that’s a bit sad). Here’s the blurb:
The explosive new thriller from Oliver North, who stormed bestseller lists nationwide with his disarmingly authentic military novel Heroes Proved, is a gripping, non-stop tale that could only be written by someone who has “been there, done that.”
Veteran undercover FBI agent Jake Kruse is investigating a smuggling ring in southern California when his assignment is cut short. A prominent criminal defense attorney wants to hire Jake on another kind of mission: to kill the daughter of a local crime boss.
What began as a “contract killing” soon captures the attention of the CIA, the U.S. Secret Service, and high-level officials in Washington. The undercover agent is plunged into a deadly underworld of North Korean espionage, Hezbollah terror and the sinister deception Iran uses to acquire nuclear weapons. Caught in a web of international intrigue that goes to the top of the U.S. government, Kruse is forced to confront the ultimate moral quandary: doing what’s right when everything seems wrong.
His New York Times bestseller Heroes Proved was praised by Sean Hannity as “a heart-thumping ‘must-read’ for every American” and as “inspiring truth in the form of a novel” by U.S. Army Lieutenant General William “Jerry” Boykin, a founding member of Delta Force.
Now, national security expert and decorated war hero Oliver North and former U.S. Marine and FBI undercover agent Bob Hamer bring their real-life experience to this pulse-pounding tale of international intrigue and down-to-the-wire suspense. They say it’s fiction. But it’s all too real.
It’s all accurate as a hook to get you to read the book. But as usual, we must read between the lines. It is all too real, BUT…….
I started reading Ollie’s books because of the Christian lives of many of the characters.
You’ll notice I didn’t put Christian thriller in the title of this post. It’s not. There’s a little bit of evidence that the lead character is a believer of some sort, but certainly not enough to convict him. This book is not Christian in any sense. There is a sense that God is blessing Jake, but it’s not realistically done. There is no other “Christian” character.
This is a story of the good guys fighting the bad guys with everyone using the same tools of the trade, similar morals, and only a hope that the good guys are smart enough to beat the bad ones. Both sides are disgusted by the “evil, nasty” guys. What a world the Creep has developed to deceive us. It’s fascinating but far outside the suggestion that we think upon whatever is good, lovely, and true that Paul presents in Philippians 4.
So, it’s 5-star entertainment with 1-star spiritual content
It’s definitely adult fiction, but no blatant sex, foul language, or overly graphic violence. It may even be CBA acceptable. This is why I’ve turned to reading only Christian fiction—if I can find enough good stuff to feed my habit. I enjoyed the read, but that only shows how far I have yet to go in my walk to reach holiness and righteousness. Praise Jesus for His work and promises.
This is a fun read. It’s a typical thriller with some very good Christian twists. Here’s the blurb:
A rally for a controversial presidential candidate.
A terrorist threat.
A nightmare of cataclysmic proportions.
Jack and Pamela Crittendon have hit the breaking point. After months out of work as a reporter, Jack is playing Mr. Mom and working part-time at Festival Arena with his survivalist friend Brian Shakespeare. Meanwhile, Pamela has gone back to work full-time while eight months pregnant. Having her recently widowed mother on hand isn’t making matters any easier.
With financial pressures boiling, Jack reports for duty at a rally for controversial presidential candidate Martin Sterling where he expects a mindless night on the job. But when Homeland Security picks up intel about a potential terrorist threat, Jack and Shakespeare are thrust into a life-or-death battle to save their own lives–and the lives of thousands of innocent people.
This third book in The Crittendon Files reminds us of the power of family, friendships and faith–and why we are never in as much control as we think.
This book will not change your life, but it’s definitely a step up for most current traditionally published Christian fiction.
This is merely entertainment
There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s expensive fluff. It’s positive, clean, and on the edge of boring. Creston is a good writer, but it’s like hoping to see something really good on TV or in the movies. It’s all aggressively heathen or pablum, in most cases. At least this is a good clean read.