Apr 17 2014

Pastor Patrick - Never On A Sunday: The Harbour Master – A Review

A Review

Daniel Pembrey has again tackled the difficult issue of human trafficking and the sex trade.  His current novella takes place in the Netherlands, in and around Amsterdam.  The question that presents itself is where is a line drawn between legal practice of prostitution and the illegal practice of forcing young women into a “career” they neither sought or wanted.  

The drama when an almost retired police detective that is present when a body is discovered floating in the canals that define much of Amsterdam.  Before it is through, he will need to question the commitment of his colleagues on the force, be concerned for the safety of his family, wonder how high in government the criminal element has it corrupt fingers, and, perhaps, question his own sanity.
The picture Pembrey draws of Amsterdam is vivid – and more than once forced this reader to check out the background upon which the book is written.  At various points I was looking at the history, architecture, and geography of a country and city with which I was not familiar.  My personal journey into Google and Wikipedia, as I followed the story added to my appreciation for the author’s skill.
Though Pembrey does a credible job of writing a police drama with a collection of vile and evil crooks and a police force standing against the evil they perpetuate, he has not offered a strong voice standing against prostitution in general.  The author only loosely connects prostitution in general to the issue of human trafficking for which it serves as the foundation. Choosing to place his current drama in a country where the sex trade is legal, allows him to avoid that larger question.

This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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Apr 17 2014

John Meunier: Acts on Easter

Some quotes from the Book of Acts about the significance of Easter. Acts 2:32, 36 God has raised this Jesus to life; and we are all witnesses of it … Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah. Acts 4:10-12 then know this, you […]

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Apr 17 2014

sojourner4jesus: resurrection

The entire life of Jesus present with God’s creation led up to his sacrifice for us, not ending there at death, but rising again in resurrection. God sent him, so that his life would redeem his creation. I think of all the times in the Old Testament that God was angry with his creation, and […]

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Apr 17 2014

Community of Hope: Ministry WITH

Community of Hope in the news… taken from the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. To see the original link go to Ministry WITH Experiencing the Transformational Power of the Spirit in “Ministry WITH” For several years, Central UMC in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico has been in ministry with a group of people experiencing …

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Apr 17 2014

Rev. Brent L. White: A video for Holy Thursday

I prepared the following movie from video footage and photos I took during my Holy Land trip in 2011. It features what was perhaps the most moving part of the trip: our visit to the House of Caiaphas (now the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu), where Jesus was tried before the high priest and spent his […]

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Apr 17 2014

Wesleyan/Anglican: Maundy Thursday

Today is Holy Thursday, also known as Maundy Thursday.  The term Maundy comes from the Latin, mandatum novarum, which means, “a new commandment.”  It is a reference to John 13:34-35, where Jesus says to His disciples, “I give you a new comman…

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