A.D. 30 – A Novel, by Ted Dekker

A. D. 30In Ted Dekker’s latest offering, “A.D. 30 – A Novel”, we have the story of Maviah, and follow her along in a quest to restore honor to her family and her father’s kingdom. This is no simple story that just happens to occur during a time of great political and religious upheaval. This is a story that intersects with the character of Yeshua in way that makes his words come alive in new and exciting ways. Too often we come across attempts at including Yeshua (Jesus Christ) in a story that fails to capture more than just his name in the storyline. In this novel, Dekker treats Yeshua in a way that both honors and adds an air of mystery to him. He paints him as a man that many long to follow, but few can understand.

Without giving away much of the story itself, I would encourage anyone that enjoys reading Ted Dekker’s work to pick up “A.D. 30″. It is well worth the time to read, and will offer you a different perspective on Yeshua and the political struggles that were going on during the time. If you have never read a Ted Dekker novel before, this is the one I would recommend you start with.


What I Am Reading

Scenic ReadsSince I am a seminary student, there are quite a few books that I read during the semester for a given class. This semester I am in a course titled Proclamation, so several of the books I am reading are on preaching. Three of the books we are using for the course are:

Another great book we are using (which I have already read) is Preaching Essentials: A Practical Guide by Lenny Luchetti. A bonus is the fact that Lenny is one of the professors for the course!

In addition to reading for school, I have my nose in three other books at the moment:

I always find myself reading more than one book, but I seem to be in quite a few more than normal. I’m enjoying reading the new Ted Dekker book as it is a bit of a departure from his normal, but presents a story that takes place in Jesus’ time from the perspective of a very unique character. I will post a review of the book once I have finished reading it.

What books are you reading right now?

Sunday Setlist – 10/19/14 Connection

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Ready to get a head start on Sunday morning worship?

Below is a list of the songs we will be singing together in the Connection service (10:30am) at Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church. Also included is an embedded Spotify playlist of the songs so you can play them directly from the site, or add the playlist to your own Spotify account for your listening pleasure.

We Are The Free (Matt Redman)
Cannons (Phil Wickham)
I Am (Crowder)
We Believe (Newsboys)
Lord, I Need You (Matt Maher)

How Not To Feel Like A Genius

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If you want to NOT feel like a genius:

Make an appointment at the Apple Store Genius Bar for 7:20pm, show up at the store and give the nice guy at the front door your name, and then find out that you accidentally made the appointment for the wrong day.

[I did reschedule the appointment and plan to go to the store at the appropriate time and on the right date.]