A Review of "Trial by Fury" by J.A. Jance
Books / July 1, 2017

“Trial by Fury”, J.A. Jance’s third novel featuring Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont (Beau) can best be summed up as an average read, less interesting than some of her other works in the series and much less engaging than her other series featuring Joanna Brady. It is more of a police procedural than an actual thriller, though for some readers who enjoy the act of reading an otherwise well written book, it can still be relaxing to read a book that is going pretty much where you think it is. For me personally, when I read a series featuring a particular character that I’ve already come to cherish, it is still lovely to see them again in a book, even if it isn’t a powerhouse read. The book opens with the discovery of a dead body in a Seattle dumpster, a high school coach who was apparently lynched. As we learn of the very pregnant wife he left behind, we also learn that he was far from the ideal husband. The gruesomeness of a black victim being lynched certainly adds racial overtones to the story, and perhaps the exploration of these are potential motives could have been developed more in order…

Planting Missional Churches – Book Review
Books / July 1, 2017

Stetzer’s book Planting Missional Churches is a very practical and well-researched book on the topic of church planting. Stetzer begin his book by giving five aspects of church planting: missional, incannational, theological, ecclesiological, and spiritual. His Major concerned in his book is to give church planters the necessary tools to understand and become missional. The author believes that a way to fix the problem of the North American church is to be involve in planting new churches. The author emphasizes that North America has become a mission field, and the most effective method to work that field is doing church planting. He believes that every book on church planting must be about missions. The theology that does not come with a mission can not be a complete theology. There is a need for new churches that are fresh expressions of the unchanging gospel and new missional contextualized churches in every setting across the world, it is trough the work of planting new churches that God’s work can be fulfilled. The author also gives a biblical basis for church planting, four commissions of Jesus, by the Apostle Paul, in the book of Acts. Along with that, the author brings three models…

How to Master the Art of Talking to Anyone – A Book Review
Books / July 1, 2017

As adults, we often burden ourselves under the idea that – if we have the proper tools – we should automatically have the skills. For example, if we have reasonable coordination, our eyes work together and we have the strength to swing a racquet, then we should be able to play tennis. We’ve got ten fingers and can read notes on a page, we should be able to play piano. And, if we’ve got two ears, a mouth and vocal cords that work, we should be able to talk to anyone, anytime. That’s where we get fouled up. We realized that Pete Sampras makes it look easy because he’s been working on his skills for years. Van Cliburn began playing the piano at age three. We think that because we’ve been talking that long, that we should be able to be skillful at networking events, business meetings, presentations, conferences and trade shows. But talking is a lot different than conversing. And conversing, like tennis and playing the piano, requires practice and skill development. I have personally attended over 2,100 business networking and business social events in the last eight years. I’m comfortable talking with nearly anyone and I can skillfully…