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Last Stone Standing: Why Do We Do It The Way We Do? Paperback – April 4, 2012
About the Author
Born in Yorkshire, England, Max joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16 and left it at the age of 40. After a year in Saudi Arabia he and his family immigrated to the USA. Twenty-six years ago he was living in New Jersey and the General Manager of an international marine equipment company. Success did not bring happiness and it was at this stage that he had a ‘Damascus Road’ experience and by the grace of a loving God was radically changed and born again. On his return to UK he studied under the aegis of Kingdom Faith Bible College as prophetic Bible teacher. He moved back to the USA and subsequently graduated from Christ for The Nations in Dallas Texas. He then spent several years as a missionary in Japan and Poland and now resides in Ireland. Max has a wide-ranging experience as a Christian evangelist and teacher. He follows in the tradition of the Lollards or Hedgepriests of England in the 14th and 15th centuries. These followers of John Wycliffe (the Morning Star of the Reformation) believed that religious power and authority came through a vital relationship with Jesus Christ and not through an organizational hierarchy.They emphasized the authority of the Scriptures over the authority of priests and the traditions of men. Although he has engaged in numerous front line evangelism outreach programs over the years, particularly into jails and prisons, his main focus is on writing about authentic Christianity and it’s bearing on the way it is lived out. His lifelong interest in history adds an added depth and range to his writing and Biblical teaching.
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Graham skewers all comers (Judaism, early church, Catholicism, Reformation-Protestantism, modern Evangelicalism) as to an incessant need to arrogate powers to a select few at the expense of the whole. He does make the obvious counter that there is a need for organization but how few understand they have all that they need to conduct their lives choices without the need to have such 'vetted' by an: 'elder' 'presbyter' 'priest' 'minister' 'deacon' 'leader'.
A very decent layman's distillation of large historic topics: origin of nations, denominations, ideas, scientific contributions, etc.. Lists the source of many items most aren't aware of - Islam, Sadducees - Pharisees, synagogue/temple, celibacy in Catholicism, 'tithing', homilies, design of church buildings, camp meetings, etc.. He also notes how empty and evil our world would be without the presence of the Christian witness (Catholic, Protestant or Orthodox).
If one is looking for a quick resource for an idea or theme this is a very good resource.
Future editions would benefit from using 'APA' footnote(s) - Graham uses lower case Roman numerals and they are hard to follow because of the font size used. Also an index citing where an idea can be found - none in the back.
Max has a multitude of experiences (good, and not so good) to draw upon in practical situations. He is able
to capture the mood in succinct and helpful language. A good read.