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url 2014-05-06 23:05
5 Book Review Rules Which Could Make Writers Hate You Less

Author Tara Spalding chimes in with 5 rules for reviewers...

 

I can't even with this bullshit.

 

i don't owe anyone justification for why I bought a book and I sure as fuck don't owe anyone an explanation about why I rated a book a certain way beyond I liked it, it was ok or I disliked it.

 

 

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video 2014-05-06 02:29

And this is how you make an awesome replica of Longclaw. 

 

I miss doing forge work. It's so much fun.

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review 2013-10-30 01:13
Review: The Case for Antioch
The Case for Antioch: A Biblical Model for a Transformational Church - Jeff Iorg

The Case for Antioch: A Biblical Model for Transformational Church is not a work that should only be read by students. Rather, it’s a book for practitioners. Whether you’re a small group leader, deacon, elder or pastor in your church, this is an encouraging book full of biblical insight. It’s worth digesting with a group, whether your staff or leadership team.

 

Using the example of the church in Antioch in the New Testament, Iorg identifies seven characteristics found in that first century spiritual dynamo of a church that have significant implications for changing your church as well.

 

  • Spiritual power
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • A disciple-making community
  • Doctrinal convictions
  • Conflict management
  • Strong leaders and followers
  • Generous sacrifice

 

Each of the above are dealt with in their own chapter. The ones I found to be the best are spiritual power, doctrinal convictions and strong leaders and followers.

From the chapter on spiritual power, Iorg challenges pastors and ministry leaders not to succumb to being CEOs, and he points to the examples of the leaders in the Antioch church. They were led by the Spirit.

 

"The spiritual responsibility to be a pacesetter is a normal expectation of pastoral leaders. Pastors, and others in related ministerial roles, are spiritual leaders. We aren’t primarily organizers or administrators. Our leadership skills are more than a collection of abilities and acquired techniques. We are more than speakers and motivators influencing people by charisma or intellect. We are spiritual leaders. We model what it means to follow the Spirit’s leading, to be Spirit-controlled, to be in biblical language, 'filled with the Spirit.'"

 

The chapter on doctrinal convictions is an important read for church leaders and members. Iorg describes the conflict that almost split the early Christian movement between Jews and Gentiles and the resulting council that met in Jerusalem in Acts 15. They went to great lengths to defend and uphold doctrinal truth, and throughout the New Testament (and early church history) false teachers and heretics are called out by name in order to warn the churches. Today’s Christian culture lives in fear of offending false teachers, on the other hand. However, the maintenance of unity and doctrinal integrity are the responsibility of leaders.


Read more at http://www.journeyguy.com/review-the-case-for-antioch/#yRSzC182sz64qUzY.99

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review 1970-01-01 00:00
Antioch (The Circle, #1) - William Harla... Antioch (The Circle, #1) - William Harlan I had a really hard time with this book. I made it almost halfway before I had to call it quits. From the start it felt a little disjointed. I was having a hard time understanding what was happening, but this is often the case with a lot of books for the first couple of chapters, so I decided to soldier on. Unfortunately, things didn't get better. I frequently had to keep going back to re-read paragraphs to understand what was happening. As all of my time reading was spent trying to understand what they were saying or doing, I didn't enjoy the story at all. It may be a good one in the end, but I just can't get there. Perhaps this is a book for those literary types who enjoy complicated sentence structures more than the story itself. I certainly didn't take the short yellow bus to school, but this was just too much for me.
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