Pastor Floyd

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Name: Pastor Floyd
Date registered: March 3, 2012
URL: http://pastor-patrick.blogspot.com/

Latest posts

  1. Pastor Patrick - Never On A Sunday: God’s Story in 66 Verses – A Review — January 28, 2015
  2. Pastor Patrick - Never On A Sunday: Feasting on the Word Lenten Companion – A Review — January 26, 2015
  3. Pastor Patrick - Never On A Sunday: With Vics You Get Eggroll – A Review — January 26, 2015
  4. Pastor Patrick - Never On A Sunday: The Six Million Dollar Man: Season Six – A Review — January 22, 2015
  5. Pastor Patrick - Never On A Sunday: Sabotaged – A Review — January 22, 2015

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Jan 28 2015

Pastor Patrick - Never On A Sunday: God’s Story in 66 Verses – A Review

Original post at http://pastor-patrick.blogspot.com/2015/01/gods-story-in-66-verses-review.html









A Review


I was concerned when I first saw the title of this book.  God provided 66 books in the Bible - how could anyone fairly reduce each book to a single verse?  Obviously, one cannot.


However, unlike the title suggests, the Stan Guthrie does not do so.  Rather than providing a commentary on 66 verses, he provides a rather complete introduction to each of the 66 book beginning with what most of us would call the key verse.  


As is my usual practice with such books, rather than reading the entire book, I spend time exploring those books I am currently studying.  This week that involves the book of Galatians in the NT (from which I am preaching) and the book of Joel in the OT (the subject of a small group Bible Study I am part of).  In each case the author has created an accurate introduction to the texts, using not just the key text but several key texts found throughout the book being studied. I found the book easy to read and follow - even though it has a degree of depth I might not expect from such an introduction.  Though written for a more scholarly audience, the content and overview provided is similar to that provided by Henrietta Mears in her classic, What the Bible is All About.  The content could also serve as an the book introduction similar to that found at the beginning of most Study Bibles, but with a bit more depth.


The book could be a good Bible introduction for anyone seeking to read the Bible through in a year or two.  It could also serve as the starting point for a sermon series moving a congregation through the entire Bible - a dream of mine, but unlikely to occur given my current congregation. content is too brief to serve as a Bible Introduction text in a College or Seminary course, but might serve that purpose well in a Sunday School or small group Bible Study.   
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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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Jan 26 2015

Pastor Patrick - Never On A Sunday: Feasting on the Word Lenten Companion – A Review

Original post at http://pastor-patrick.blogspot.com/2015/01/feasting-on-word-lenten-companion-review.html





Feasting on the Word
Lenten Companion







A well-designed book to move the liturgical pastor through the Lenten season.  The book includes complete service and extended commentaries for each Sunday of Lent.  Also provided are complete mid-week services - including prepared homilies.  


Like other books in the series, the extended commentaries approaches each text from  four perspectives:


  1. A Theological Perspective
  2. A Pastoral Perspective
  3. An Exegetical Perspective
  4. An Homiletical Perspective


These overviews provides the pastor a number of ideas and concepts from which to build his or her sermon.  


Along with the commentaries designed to help the pastor prepare a sermon, each entry includes a Children’s Sermon, designed for use with a younger audience, hymnal suggestions (using multiple sources), responsive and unison readings for each week’s service.    


These are all positive elements included in the book.  However, there are two concerns:


  1. The book is designed for one time use.  I would like to think the publisher might consider publishing updated or new editions each year in preparation for Lent.
  2. The Kindle version of the book was more difficult to use than than the PDF (with DRM) version designed for use with Adobe Digital Editions. The Kindle version seems to have lost some of the formatting and details that made the book useful to the pastor preparing for Sunday’s service.  To be honest, I came close to not reviewing this book after seeing the Kindle edition.  I changed my mind only after seeing the PDF presentation.  I expect a printed copy of the book would more closely duplicate the PDF version - and be extremely useful.


For the pastor looking for  a comprehensive Lenten program this would be a wonderful tool.  Another way this book would fit into the life of the church would be if a pastor were part of a pulpit exchange for the Lenten season.  Such was the case, early in my pastoral career.  Assigning each pastor in the rotation one of weeks (either for the midweek service or for the Sunday service), a unique theme could be maintained even with multiple speakers.  
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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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Jan 26 2015

Pastor Patrick - Never On A Sunday: With Vics You Get Eggroll – A Review

Original post at http://pastor-patrick.blogspot.com/2015/01/with-vics-you-get-eggroll-review.html









A Review


A cozy mystery starring Madison Night, Lt. Tex Allen (of the Lakewood Police Department), and handyman Hudson James.  I found the mystery well-written as out of town women are being kidnapped and killed - but the connection to Mad to Mod, Madison Night’s remodelling store, seemed less direct than in previous stories.  


Madison, as in her previous books, is still attracted to the two men that seem to be around much of the time.  Lt. Allen is a suspect in the current case and Hudson James has returned from an extended vacation - Madison will need to make some decisions soon as to which relationship she will develop, if she can keep herself committed and alive long enough to develop any relationships at all.  The romance is more closely tied to the level of the Hallmark Channel Movies than to Lifetime Movies - but the reader will need a soft enough heart to appreciate that romance if the book is going to remain of interest.


It is unclear, to this reader, whether the series is coming to a close of whether more books are to follow in the life of this amateur sleuth.  I, for one, hope that there will be more.  It would feel like saying goodbye to a favorite television series if the author chooses to end our look at the life Madison Night with this book - it always ends too soon.  


For the reader looking for a cozy mystery for two or three spring evenings, this book may be the perfect fit.
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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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Jan 22 2015

Pastor Patrick - Never On A Sunday: The Six Million Dollar Man: Season Six – A Review

Original post at http://pastor-patrick.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-six-million-dollar-man-season-six.html







Juan Antonio Ramirez

A Review


Ramirez’s graphic novel brings reminders of the mid-70s television series of the same name.  A well-done followup, that weaves several stories in this collection of individual issues into a single book.  I sensed that I was truely again following the adventures of Steve Austin as he worked for the OSI - even as its funding is disappearing.  It was well-worth my time reading the latest installment of The Six Million Dollar Man.


My only concern is that I do not like a compilation of individual issues ending with a “To Be Continued”.  Though I know it is not unusual, but I expect the resulting novel to be the complete story - that is not the case here.  I will need to wait for the next volume (if there is one) of the series to find the end of the story.  Perhaps it is a good marketing tactic, and fair with individual issues; however, I question its use in a larger novelization.  
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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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Jan 22 2015

Pastor Patrick - Never On A Sunday: Sabotaged – A Review

Original post at http://pastor-patrick.blogspot.com/2015/01/sabotaged-review.html








A Review

As a former professor, I think tests are great.  Let me give one - but I will include my own answers.
    1. Do you enjoy mysteries? YES
    2. Do you enjoy drama? YES
    3. Do you enjoy Christian books? YES
    4. Do you enjoy a hint of romance? YES

If you, like I did, answered “YES” to each of these questions, you will likely enjoy Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey.  

Kirra Jacob’s cousin has been kidnapped in order to coerce her uncle to take part in some unknown criminal activity.  Saving her cousin and discovering the nature of her uncle’s involvement in the criminal plot provide the plot for a great adventure.  Following the Iditarod Sled Race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, provides the scenic backdrop for the story.  The descriptive action along that route, and throughout other Alaskan landmarks provide an opportunity for the reader to virtually visit territory generally unreachable by the average reader.  Keeping Google and Wikipedia close at hand will provide tools to further explore and appreciate a state that for most is inaccessible - but full of beauty and history, none the less.  

The Christian heritage brought by the McKenna family to the story allows the writer to weave, unobtrusively, the Christian faith into this 330+ page book.  And along with the rebuilding of faith that comes as Kirra moves from the brokenness she experienced following a rape several years earlier to understanding both God’s and a man’s love we get a sense of how God’s grace can work in the most broken of us.

With the Iditarod Dog Sled Race arriving soon, Sabotaged might provide the perfect late Winter, early Spring read as we await the arrival of green grass and red robins.  
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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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Jan 13 2015

Pastor Patrick - Never On A Sunday: Losers Like Us – A Review

Original post at http://pastor-patrick.blogspot.com/2015/01/losers-like-us-review.html




A Review

I have long known that I am broken.  I would have never thought to call myself a “LOSER”; yet, like the apostles, I am.

I find some books fun to read.  I find some books helpful to read.  There are some books I think will be helpful to others.  But, every so often, I find a book that is life changing for me.  Losers Like Us is one of those books.

One of the first books that opened my eyes in this way was Charles Swindoll’s “The Grace Awakening.  Losers Like Us does it again.  The author takes each of the apostles and describes why they had no business being chosen by Jesus as one of the twelve.  He could have chosen almost any individual from Biblical history, but because these twelve spent the most time living with and around Jesus, these twelve serve as perfect examples of who not to choose as a disciple.  There were the nobodies, the do nothings, the followers, the faithless.  Each, in their own way, were losers. Yet, Jesus chose them, not by default, but individually, to be leaders in the early church.  Similarly, there is no reason that God should allow me to serve Him, but he does.

That is the significance of this book, God can take individuals, regardless of how broken or lost they are, and remake them into His image.  Whether it be an unscrupulous tax collector, an unknown named James, or two apostles that we know nothing about other than they appear in lists of the twelve that spent three years with Jesus.  
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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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