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Orphan X (Evan Smoak)
Orphan X (Evan Smoak)
by Gregg Hurwitz
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plot Built On Errors and Lapses, February 5, 2016
This review is from: Orphan X (Evan Smoak) (Hardcover)
Hurwitz can, and does write an engaging story, but this one and this character is simply not for me. The main character, as even the text alludes, is somewhere between Batman and the Equalizer so it's tough to get past the overall premise. The bad guy, in his big scene, is closer to Superman unbelievably absorbing and deflecting .45 caliber bullets with his hand and arm. The protagonist, Evan Smoak, is wrapped up in his own insecurities and makes too many professional mistakes. Some significant percentage of the book, Smoak is trying to psychoanalyze himself. Much of the plot depends upon elite professionals making unprofessional errors. Slight spoiler alert, for example, at one point he knows exactly what is going to happen and who is going to do it, he has all the time he needs, sets it up himself and is in place and still can't get it right. Lots of things are wrong, Smoak knows they're wrong, but when he can't quickly figure out why, he just ignores the problem and suffers the consequences. The book ends with another repetitious error that someone as tech savvy as this guy wouldn't even consider making.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Solution To The Problem, January 27, 2016
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Perfect solution for grandchildren far away when shipping from Amazon directly to them.


Wiha  96315 Precision Hex Metric Screwdriver, 1.5 x 50mm
Wiha 96315 Precision Hex Metric Screwdriver, 1.5 x 50mm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, January 27, 2016
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Bought this as a dedicated piece to keep with an instrument, it is what it is, excellent quality, happy here.


Conversion and   Discipleship: You Can't Have One without the Other
Conversion and Discipleship: You Can't Have One without the Other
by Bill Hull
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.63
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Soteriology, January 27, 2016
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Short version: 5 stars. Hull defines the fundamental requirement for discipleship as inherent in Christianity, describes how Jesus and the early church practiced discipleship, and prescribes responsibilities for discipleship today. This is NOT a discipleship program text.

“The thesis of this book is that all who are called to salvation are also called to discipleship.” That may not be precisely correct; the last part may be more accurately, “…are also commanded to discipleship, no exceptions.” (partly a paraphrase). The issue, the problem goes back to Genesis.

The book is divided into two parts. The first three chapters, The Gospel, The Call and Salvation describe “the problem.” The fourth and fifth chapters, “The Holy Spirit and How People Change 1 & 2” are transition chapters. The balance of the book is prescriptive: Ways and Means, The Church, The Pastor, The End. Hull builds his Biblical case largely with the New Living Translation and though it is clear when other translations are used, such as the NASB, it is not clear why the mix.

Hull borrows substantively from other authors: Scot McKnight, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Dallas Willard in particular. Hull quotes from McKnight that the Reformation “…reframed the gospel to be primarily about soteriology, or getting saved from the consequences of sin.” (p29) Hull calls that a “reduction” of the Gospel. “…a professing ‘Christian’ who does not follow Jesus is not Christian at all.” Concisely, this is the James 2:18 faith and works question. “Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment. (John 3:36 NLT, p 64) The first three chapters delve heavily into building the case that the true Gospel commands discipleship. Hull summarizes, “Everything that happens in salvation – from repentance to faith to rebirth to justification and the ongoing process of sanctification – should be understood as a single, unified experience of discipleship.” (p76)

The only graphic in the book suggests that there are six, modern, pervasively preached “Gospels”: Be Forgiven, Help the Needy, Claim Your Rights, Meet Your Needs, Be Right, and Follow Me (p33). Close enough.

Hull will shock. He quotes Dallas Willard, “Ministers pay far too much attention to people who do not come to services. Those people should, generally, be given exactly that disregard by the pastor that they give to Christ. The Christian leader has something much more important to do than pursue the godless.” (p 107) Hull makes the case that rather than attract prospects, which doesn’t hold much promise, Christians should focus on discipleship.

In the second part of the book Hull is prescriptive; the principle is simple, “disciples make disciples.” He starts with Jesus’ discipleship model and a heavy dose of John Wesley’s “methods” which started as an Oxford College, extracurricular “Holy Club.” When that became Methodism, it also became a covenant community. Visitors, for example, were allowed to come to two meetings then you either had to commit or you weren’t welcome back. As long as Wesley lived, “hearers only” weren’t permitted. Most members of modern Christian churches will find Wesley’s notion culturally challenging.

In the prescriptive part there are an unending set of challenges to the way at least most Protestant churches work. “The goal of spiritual maturity is not self-improvement. It is transformation into people who live to love others.” (p174) “We [our current practices] are a threat to global Christianity.” “Nothing can be more cruel than the leniency which abandons other to their sin. Nothing can be more compassionate than the severe reprimand which calls another Christian in one’s community back from the path of sin.” (Bonhoeffer, p194)

The building of the Ephesian church is cited, but too the point is made that all of the Biblical churches have problems. ”The process is never clean and neat. In fact it is quite messy.” “Paul’s plan presented in Ephesians 4 depends on two things. First, leaders must commit to equip ordinary saints to do ministry. Second, each saint must participate. But leaders must give up their fear of losing control, and saints must face their fear of embarrassment of failure.”

For pastors, “All of this means that pastors face two choices. Will they teach what has been passed down to them the past two thousand years? Or will they seek to change this repository of truth so it appears more relevant, often meaning what people want to hear?” (p200) “Let me be up front: I am convinced that not making disciples is sin.”

Hull does not provide a “hard” definition of a disciple, but offers “…let’s say you define a disciple as someone who has five characteristics, something like: a disciple is in conversation with God through the word and prayer; reveals Christ daily by bearing fruit; responds to God daily in obedience, has joy and is contented in spirit, and loves others as Christ loved others.” (Adapted from John 15:7-13, p215)
What Hull does not do, is define a “discipleship program.” That’s an obvious conscious decision.

With brief exceptions, there are issues, obstacles and heresies to discipleship Hull alludes to but does not address in depth; this isn’t a criticism, just an observation. For example, he touches briefly on mysticism. Hull makes the point that discipleship that will be blessed, that is in accordance with scripture will be orthodox; that is it will follow the principles set forth in Scripture. So, starting with the wrong assumptions and bad theology won’t work; “discipleship” on a foundation of sand is folly. Second, in the same thought line, there are discipleship programs, some heretical in themselves. There are no comments or cautions about recognizing wrong-headed, canned programs.


Ronhill Trackster Evolution Running Pants - SS16 - Large - Black
Ronhill Trackster Evolution Running Pants - SS16 - Large - Black
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Cold Weather Running Pants, January 20, 2016
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Comfortable, size is on, perfect for running in 25F to 55F weather. Nice pockets, built in tie. Those of you who tolerate cold better can use these in even colder weather without and underlayer. The unexpected thing is how good these look, for running pants, they have some style.


Malida 3/8"x3/8" Tube Ball Valve Quick Connect Shut Off for RO Water Reverse Osmosis Set of 2
Malida 3/8"x3/8" Tube Ball Valve Quick Connect Shut Off for RO Water Reverse Osmosis Set of 2

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Value, No Leaks, Easy Install, January 20, 2016
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They are what they are. They went in easily, no leaking and a much better price than the local big box store.


The Darkest Day ("Victor, the Assassin")
The Darkest Day ("Victor, the Assassin")
by Tom Wood
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Enough., January 20, 2016
Good enough. Entertaining. Two problems. One, Victor makes mistakes he would not have made in earlier books in the series, in that he "trusts" when historically he would not have and people are able to surprise him repeatedly because he's not alert. Second, the main plot, which really doesn't come out until near the end, and the pedantic explanation are over the top. This takes place largely in New York City, my guess is the author isn't quite as comfortable writing about the US... If this were the first in the series, there may not have been a second.


Men's Snow Pants, Clothin Outdoor Fleece Thicken Windproof Cargo Ski Pants For Climbing Skiing Trekking,US L,Gray
Men's Snow Pants, Clothin Outdoor Fleece Thicken Windproof Cargo Ski Pants For Climbing Skiing Trekking,US L,Gray
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5.0 out of 5 stars Work in 4 degree (F) Running and Shoveling, January 14, 2016
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Have now run, blown and shoveled snow in these in 4 degree (F) windy weather. Perfect. No underlayer/tights required. Exceptionally comfortable. Lots of pockets. You will need a belt, 1 1/2" max; I used a conventional canvas web belt.

I normally wear a US large and the large in this is also right for me. The waist stretches from about 35" to 42" and the inseam is 32"


2x Pack - Panasonic DMW-BMB9PP Battery - Replacement for Panasonic DMW-BMB9 Digital Camera Battery and DMC-FZ100, DMC-FZ100GK, DMC-FZ100K, DMC-FZ150, DMC-FZ150GK, DMC-FZ150K, DMC-FZ40, DMC-FZ40GK, DMC-FZ40K, DMC-FZ45, DMC-FZ47, DMC-FZ47GK, DMC-FZ47K, DMC-FZ48, DMC-FZ60, DMC-FZ62, DMC-FZ70, DMC-FZ72, DE-A84B, DMW-BTC4, Leica BP-DC9, Leica BP-DC9-U, Leica BP-DC9-E, Leica 18717, Leica 18718, Leica V-Lux 2, Leica V-Lux 3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Work LIke The OEM Battery That Came With the Camera, December 30, 2015
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Bought these for a Panasonic DMC-FZ70. Same as OEM except the label. Charge fine, work fine; if there's any difference it's going to take a formal test program to measure it.


Welch Allyn Rechargeable Batteries 3.5v Model # 72200
Welch Allyn Rechargeable Batteries 3.5v Model # 72200
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made The Old New Again, December 21, 2015
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I have an ancient Welch Allyn otoscope and this restored it to like new functionality.


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