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Currently Reading

I am working on the following books right now, October 2016:

olasky-standing-for-christ I’ve read Marvin Olasky for years through his contributions in World Magazine.  While this book is thirteen years old, it resonates with present cultural pressures. He is very skilled at presenting issues through the lens of a Christian worldview, and at the same time a thorough knowledge of our culture. He gives a charge to believers to know the Scripture and know the times.










I was put on to this book by a comment made by Newt Gingrich in an assessment of U.S. Homeland Security. Specifically, Gingrich was highlighting the vulnerability of our country to ISIS attacks, and referenced Silva’s novel in which an Israeli woman infiltrates the ranks of ISIS which takes her to France, and then she finds herself in the midst of a devastating attack on the United States.  The book is a sobering page turner and an inside look at the mindset of ISIS jihadists.  I finished the book with the concern that with the global permeation of radical Islamic terrorism, we have come to see that they are no “Jayvee” team.  This movement and their fixation on western civilization is an ever present threat.  The destruction of the United States would be the “Holy Grail” of their well crafted plans in the quest for world domination.









This book by Norm Wakefield has been a tremendous resource for strengthening relationships for the glory of Christ. Wakefield provides helpful teaching on the spirit of idolatry that leaves a body count of burned out relationships.  He identifies contemporary “carving tools” that we employ to get others to do what we want them to do.  I have taught this material many times at FBCG (Presently on Wednesday nights) and have implemented it into my pastoral and pre-marital counseling.











I love this primer to Christian Doctrine in which Sproul breaks down major doctrinal considerations into 102 digestible chapters.  I read a chapter or two after my Scripture reading. I find that Sproul is a master of taking difficult concepts and presenting them with great clarity.