Monthly Archives: June 2014

Meg Gardiner’s Phantom Instinct: Trust, And Other Fleeting Ideas

A shoot out explodes into action at a club, opening the thrilling latest novel by Meg Gardiner in mid frame. The violence seems random, but organized, and bartender Harper Flynn watches her boyfriend Drew die in front of her. In … Continue reading

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Ten Words #9: Little White Lies (Sunday’s Sermon Today)

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.–Exodus 20:16 Growing up, I had a very narrow view of this ninth commandment: don’t lie. It seemed simplified, but not easy; straightforward, and yet superiorly complicated. Consider the things that we lie … Continue reading

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Karin Slaughter’s Cop Town: Overcoming Stereotypes & Struggles (Book Review)

Karin Slaughter’s first standalone novel takes us to 1974 Atlanta, a city divided by race, gender, and sexuality. Our guides to the city are newbie cop Kate Murphy, struggling through her first week on the job, and second-year Maggie Lawson, … Continue reading

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Star Wars: My Reflection

As part of our ongoing Summer Blockbuster series at HollywoodJesus.com, I signed up to write on Star Wars. But my exploration exceeded the length we were to write, and I ended up with a longer ‘dissertation’ that I share with you … Continue reading

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Karin Slaughter’s Undone: Making Sense Of Family (Book Review)

In her novel, Undone, Karin Slaughter brings together three of her previous stars, uniting Dr. Sara Linton with Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Will Trent and Faith Mitchell, in a frantic hunt for a serial killer who is kidnapping women, torturing them, … Continue reading

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Leigh Bardugo’s Ruin & Rising: Sometimes, Our Heroes Don’t Make It To The End (Book Review)

I knew we were in trouble when I read the dedication: “For my father, Harve– Sometimes our heroes don’t make it to the end.” It’s book three of the Grisha trilogy: Alina, the Sun Summoner, is recuperating underground with her … Continue reading

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Ten Words #8: Cookie Jars and Cash Registers (Sunday’s Sermon Today)

So, I’m not preaching on Sunday (thanks to Annual Conference), but preaching a sermon series means it’s on my mind anyway. So, briefly, here’s what I’d say, for those of you keeping track. “Do not steal.”–Exodus 20:15 The Israelites, recently … Continue reading

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