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Playing God: a book review

Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power by Andy Crouch (Credit: InterVarsity Press)We all have some measure of it. There is a penchant for more of it when we experience victory. There is an inclination to abdicate it, and the responsibility inherent within it, when we suffer loss. What is it? Power. It can enable us to victory, bury us in defeat, and unknowingly take a variety of forms in our lives.

In his book Playing God, Andy Crouch elaborates upon the concept of power. Believing it is a gift from God, Crouch encourages the reader to consider the cultural assumptions that they place upon power. For some, that means reconsidering why they are afraid of exercising it, for others that entails examining their ravenous longing for it.

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The Jesus Agenda: Becoming an Agent of Redemption

The Jesus Agenda: Becoming An Agent Of Redemption by Dr Albert Reyes (Credit: Believers Press)Albert Reyes is one of the most gifted, insightful, courageous leaders I have ever known.  His life story reads like a chapter from the Book of Acts.  And his global impact is changing millions of lives today.

I first met Dr. Reyes when he was president of Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio, Texas, the only school of its kind in our state.  Under his leadership, the school's operating budget increased from $700,000 to more than $3.2 million.  He pastored three churches and served as president of the Texas Baptist Convention, with 2.2 million members.  Albert is now President and CEO of Buckner International, a global ministry to children, senior adults, and families in need.  But these facts do not tell the whole story.

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Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance Review

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari (Credit: Penguin Press)Shakespeare wrote that "Jesters do oft prove as prophets." Humor has a way of harmlessly broaching a subject, yet piercingly asserting a point in an indirect fashion. Peter Berger would agree, observing that sometimes we must laugh in order to perceive. In comedian Aziz Ansari's newest work, Modern Romance, he discusses the contours of the current dating scene, provides thought-provoking original research, and makes a few jokes about Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Ansari believes that the most intimate relationship we have today is with our cell phones. This cell phone is the vehicle that will get us to our desired location: love. Differentiating us from history, he writes that: "We each sit alone, staring at this black screen with a whole range of emotions. But in a strange way, we are all doing it together, and we should take solace in the fact that no one has a clue what's going on."

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