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I'm addicted to books. According to Umberto Eco I am building an anti-library, meaning I own way more books than I have read. I love good fiction, literature, theology, Biblical studies, philosophy, children's books, and lots more.

Currently reading

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
Danae Yankoski, Francis Chan
The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation
N.T. Wright
The Theology of John Wesley: Holy Love and the Shape of Grace
Kenneth J. Collins
Progress: 244/331 pages
House of Leaves
Mark Z. Danielewski
Progress: 50/662 pages
The Hound of the Baskervilles (with Illustrations by Sidney Paget)
Sidney Paget, Arthur Conan Doyle
Progress: 35 %
The Dead Zone
Stephen King
Progress: 52/402 pages
Holiness
J.C. Ryle
Help! I'm a Small Church Youth Worker: Achieving Big-Time Success in a Non-Mega Ministry
Rich Grassel
Progress: 57/115 pages
How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels
N.T. Wright
Progress: 69 %
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle, Anne Perry

in Defense of Israel, Revised: The Bible's Mandate for Supporting the Jewish State

In Defense of Israel, Revised: The Bible's Mandate for Supporting the Jewish State - John Hagee I originally thought I would give this book a one star rating, based on seeing what else Hagee has done with Biblical prophecy and exegesis, but I was surprised to find some interesting insights in his book. Let it be noted that I heavily skimmed most of the book and read more thoroughly in other parts. I did appreciate Hagee's attack and historical tracing of antisemitism within the church. Unfortunately, he seemed to say that if you are not an antisemite you will defend the state of Israel. On this point, I have not yet formulated my full conviction, but I will say that antisemitism and anti-Zionism are not necessarily one and the same. Also, it seems that Hagee is in such a hurry to affirm the Jewish people and the state of Israel that he fails to address the need for Christians to bear witness to Christ. From this book, I was unclear whether Hagee believes in a "Two Covenant Theology" or not. He spends a whole chapter building a case against "Replacement Theology," but I feel that both Replacement Theology and John Hagee make "the Church" and Gentiles synonymous rather than understanding that "the Church" is the Remenant of Israel (Romans). The Gentiles are grafted in as a part of it, but Jewish people are a part of it as well. Therefore, it is not the same to say that "the Church has replaced Israel" as it is to say that "the Church is the True Israel." To understand this, we have to realize that God's understanding of the Church is different than the idea of an institutional church. "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, lord' will enter the Kingdom" (Matt. 7:21). All in all, I found this book to be worth skimming since it raised some interesting points for discussion.