Wednesday, June 27, 2012

2013 Seniors

Here are two great senior portrait clients that I have had the pleasure of working for this summer...


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

God on the Streets of Gotham by Paul Asay

God On The Streets of Gotham

What the Big Screen Batman Can Teach Us About God and Ourselves

Paul Asay

Tyndale Publishers

What do God, Batman, Christians and villains have in common? Paul Asay's book comparing the Batman to the Christian experience. Mr. Asay takes us on a journey through the more recent movie incarnations of the Batman and a selection of his villianous counterparts.... the Joker, Bane, Two-Face, and others. He delves into the various ways we are like Batman facing a variety of obstacles in our everyday adventure of life. Mr. Asay doesn't portray Batman as a Christian but like Batman we are facing the effects of a sinful world, a messed up dark world that plummets us into conflict, discovery, trouble,struggles, enemies and more. He compares the Batman's armor with how we as Christians have the armor of God, and a lot more.

I found this book to be an interesting read, and those Batman fans out there will find it to be a good read. I did have one issue with Mr. Asay's book which had to do with a few sentences that he wrote. On page 177, he writes, “Somehow we feel it within us, the divine spark.” He brings up this divine spark in a few other passages as well. I'm at a little loss as to what he means exactly. It sounds almost a little panentheistic, in that we all have god within us or god is in everything. I'm not sure that is what he meant, but I think he comes across that we all have some divine in us that is worth saving. So I would like clarification on this.

Overall, I think his writing is good, although it seems as if he was a little redundant with some ideas or examples, It was a book that any Batman fan will find worth reading and interesting, but I would have to be hesitant to recommend it until I know what he means by divine spark.

I received this book from the publisher to give a review, I was not required to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

What You Need to Know About Biblical Prophecy

What You Need to Know About Biblical Prophecy

12 Lessons That Can Change Your Life

Max Anders

Thomas Nelson

Prophecy – a subject that fascinates many people and scares others. Max Anders has written a 12 lesson study on this subject. It is part of The What You Need To Know Series which includes 10 titles. Each lesson focuses around a question, for example, Chapter One addresses the question – Why Study Prophecy? He gives you an outline of what you will learn in the chapter, then tackles the the subject. He then gives some questions, fill in the blanks, more discussion questions, a section called What If I don't Believe?, and gives scripture and reference books for further study.

Over all, this book is readable and teachable for people who don't have any foundation in the study of prophecy. He attempts to approach the three views of eschatology with a neutral stance and present them for the student's information. He doesn't go into great depth on each view, but provides the basics so that one would know what the definitions of each view are. I liked being presented with each view so that I might be familiar with them when I discuss the topic with others, but I didn't think it was enough. He also tries to look at each view with respect and equality, and I respect that, but I think that without explaining how these views change how we see God and His promises, the readers might be cheated a little. Each of the views has a varying understanding of how God does or doesn't keep his promises to Israel, and I wouldn't avoid discussing that in the name of unity. Also, the title claims that the lessons can change your life, and I think that the claim is a little superfluous. Next, I did really like how he explained what a prophet was. His definitions keep with the traditional Christian faith, which is commendable. Maybe this is due to this being a new edition that was originally published in the early 90's.

Overall, I think this study provides a good start in the study of prophecy, but it's not an ending place. Hopefully, it will wet the appetite of the studiers to delve deeper into the study of prophecy, and the differences and foundations of each view.

This book was provided by for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.