Jason C. Stanley

ponderings of a deacon dad walking humbly & seeking justice

An Evening at the Zoo

The other night the Virginia Zoological Park in Norfolk expended the hours for members. It was a great opportunity to see the zoo’s residents during a cooler part of the day.

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Book Review: Watch

Watch: Wide-Awake Faith in a World Fast Asleep, Rick James, NavPress, 2016.

It is rare for me to start a book and not finish it. I started, and did not finish, this book twice. I’ll explain in a bit.

Rick James, a former ad-agency art director, who has a long engagement in collegiate ministry, sets out wake up sleeping Christians. Using the Gethsemane scene in the gospels where Jesus goes off to pray, returning only to find his disciples asleep. Jesus’ advice to them was to stay awake, or alert.

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YouTubevotional: ‘Mully’ Trailer

Introduction

Mully is a docudrama based on the life of Dr. Charles M. Mully. Mully will be shown in select theaters nationwide for three consecutive nights, October 3, 4, and 5, via Fathom Events.

Dr. Mully is often referred to as “the father of the world’s largest family.” Having been abandoned at the age of 6 himself, Mully has dedicated the past twenty-seven years, along with his wealth and resources to rescuing abandoned children in the slums of Kenya. His own story of surviving insurmountable odds and becoming one of the most respected humanitarians, is an inspiration to the young children he rescues.

Dr. Mully and his wife Esther formed Mully Children’s Family (MCF) – the world’s largest family – in 1989 to provide for the children whom they rescued.

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Comic Review: Mother Panic Vol. 1: Work in Progress

Mother Panic collected issues #1-6, and is written by Jody Houser with art by Tommy Lee Edwards.

The Story (aka from the Publisher)

Mother Panic is part of Gerard Way’s new imprint, DC’s Young Animal!

Gotham has long been the city of the Bat, but there’s a new vigilante on the streets, and she’s got her own brand of violent justice to deal out to the criminals of the city.

Enter Mother Panic! By day, Violet Paige is a celebutante with a bad attitude and a temper to match, whom no one suspects of having anything lying beneath the surface of her outrageous exploits. But Violet isn’t just another bored heiress in the upper echelons of Gotham City’s elite. Motivated by her traumatic youth, Violet seeks to exact vengeance on her privileged peers as the terrifying new vigilante known only as Mother Panic.

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Book Review: Channel of Peace

Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11, Kevin Tuerff, River Grove Books, 2017.

September 11, 2001 is a day that very few will ever forget. 9/11 is one of those dates where you will never forget where you were. I was a student at Randolph-Macon College and was walking across campus after my early morning class. As I crossed the lawn in front of the library, I overheard other students talking about planes being flown into a building.

In the car, driving home, I turned NPR on to listen for details. Once home, my mom and I watched as the news replayed, over and over, the planes crashing into the World Trade Center. There are not enough words to capture the gut reaction that we felt as we watched what was happening in New York, Washington, D. C., and Pennsylvania.

The unthinkable had happened.

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Book Review: The Prayer Box

The Prayer Box, Jennifer Berry, Dog Ear Publishing, 2017.

Rosetta is a little girl who enjoys spending time with her mother. One day, her mother tells her about the little box that sits on her dresser. It is her prayer box.

Rosetta learns that prayer is a way of talking with God.

But, she is curious about what prayers her mother has put in her prayer box. Eventually, curiosity gets the best of her, and she peeks inside. She is surprised to find that none of the prayers in the box are for her.

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Comic Review: New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made in China (Rebirth)

New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made in China collects issues #1-6 of New Super-Man. The volume is written by New York Times best-selling author and National Book Award nominee Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Viktor Bogdanovic.

The Story (a.ka. From the Publisher)

An impulsive act of heroism thrusts an arrogant young man into the limelight of Shanghai as China begins to form its own Justice League of powerful heroes. As the government creates their own Superman, will they live to regret the person they’ve chosen? Rising from the ashes of SUPERMAN: THE FINAL DAYS OF SUPERMAN and the death of the Man of Steel, will this New Super-Man step up to the challenge, or be crushed under the weight of his hubris and inexperience?

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An Afternoon at the Zoo

Friday afternoon we had some family time at the Virginia Zoological Park in Norfolk. We first explored the zoo a few summers ago when we were in the area for a family vacation. Once we moved here, we knew we had to get a membership. Now, it is one of our favorite places in town.

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Book Review: Little Miss Liberty

Little Miss Liberty, Chris Robertson, Xist Publishing, 2017.

The Fourth of July holiday is upon us. Families and friends will gather for cookouts and fireworks. No doubt tourists will visit the sites of early America, including the Statue of Liberty, a gift given to the new nation from its ally France.

Little Miss Liberty, recently republished in paperback and digital format, chronicles the statue’s life, beginning with her “birth” in Paris. She grows incredibly fast, that her parents can only wrap her in a sheet.

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Sermon: Catch on Fire

This weekend I preached at Broad Street United Methodist Church in Portsmouth, Virginia. Originally I had titled the sermon “Hope Building,” but once I started writing this 1st Sunday after Pentecost sermon, it changed to “Catch on Fire.” My texts were Matthew 28:16-20 and Acts 2:14-21, 42-47.

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