Saturday, October 30, 2010

An Excerpt from Warrior Monk in Light of Reformation Day

The following excerpt from Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel has Grant’s good friend, Father Ron McDermott, summing up Grant’s theology, with Father Tom Stone in the mix as well. This fits for Reformation Day.

“I didn’t get to ask too many questions,” Ron resumed. “But from what I was told and could otherwise figure out, they are cobbling together a thorough bio on you that will be passed on to someone in the Vatican this week. Sounded like tomorrow.”

Stephen paused to mull this over. What’s the deal? “So, what did you tell them?”

Tom jumped in, looking at McDermott, “That he’s a follower of that mad monk, Luther, and believes the pope is the anti-christ, right?”

“Still not helping,” said McDermott.

“Yea, I know, but I’m amusing myself.” He smirked and took a sip from his Coca-Cola.

McDermott looked Stephen in the eyes. “It would probably be easier to go over what we failed to cover. We talked about your views on the Reformation; the Catholic Church; old line Protestants; evangelicals; Holy Scripture; the Eucharist; the liturgy; the current challenges facing the church in the U.S. and around the globe; the strengths, weaknesses and role of Lutheranism today; and even church music. A good chunk, though, was focused on the relationship between Christian denominations, including your take on the old ecumenical movement and the New Ecumenism among traditionalists.”

“So, what did you tell them?” Stephen pressed anxiously.

“What did I tell them? I don’t have another three hours to spare, my friend.”

“Come on, Ron.”

“I told them exactly what I’ve come to learn and respect about you, Stephen, over the past four years. I know your theology well, so no worries. I explained that you view the Reformation as a necessary evil. That you fall onto the Catholic rather than the Protestant side of Lutheranism. That you view Lutheranism as a reform movement, rather than a new church. That you’re traditional when it comes to the Bible, worship and the culture. That you see a great opportunity for Lutheranism as a kind of bridge between Catholics and Protestants, but are frustrated by the internal squabbling among your fellow Lutherans. At the same time, though, I made clear that you’re not a Lutheran on the verge of heading to Rome. And I highlighted your strong belief that traditional Christians, no matter their denomination or individual church, must become more unified in confronting the many challenges that Christianity faces and will face in the twenty-first century.” McDermott paused for a sip of iced tea. “How’d I do?”

Stephen felt more at ease. “Fine, of course. Thanks Ron, and I apologize if I came across a bit edgy.”

“Don’t worry about it. This is all a mystery.”

“And as Captain Kirk once said, mysteries give me a bellyache,” Stone added, shoveling a large forkful of cole slaw into his mouth.


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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

On Warrior Monk…

The Lutheran in NJ blog offers a mixed (well, very mixed) recommendation of Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel, but I love the way the man closes out his thoughts:

“This is a book that holds up Lutheran theology with great reverence and the Office of Public Ministry with great respect… If you want a suspense book that speaks well of the Lutheran Church, I will recommend to you ‘Warrior Monk’. And it seems this is only the first of series. It will be interesting to see where this goes.”

Feel free to ignore much of the rest of the review. In fact, this really is all you need to know. ;-)

Friday, October 8, 2010

On Warrior Monk …

Incarnatus est has gotten comments rolling on the book. Here’s my favorite:

“Ok, this sounds like Chuck for pastors, I’m in.”

Love it! Thanks.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Touchstone Blog on Warrior Monk

Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel was highlighted on Touchstone magazine's Mere Comments blog. Check it out here.

Monday, October 4, 2010

First Things Review: Heroic LCMS Pastor Saves Pope

by Russell E. Saltzman

Here is a fun adventure romp, a first novel by former Newsday columnist Ray Keating. Stephen Grant is an ex-CIA agent with notches on his pistol who, with a little bit of angst, turns his back on his secret life and becomes, get this, a pastor of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

We first meet Grant as he dispatches an opposing agent within the nave of a French Catholic church (because for discreet meetings between rival spies, the empty churches of Europe are ideal). Grant next shows up as pastor of St. Mary’s Lutheran Church on the east end of Long Island, where he slays an eco-terrorist who is trying to shoot choir members at rehearsal (not, from the description in the novel, that choir’s rendering of A Mighty Fortress didn’t give the effort some merit)…

Read the rest of this review on First Things blog First Thoughts here.