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My Church Heritage and How It Shaped Me

What studying my non-denominational history taught me

I grew up in church, and I don’t remember any point in my life where my family wasn’t actively involved in a local congregation.

The church I grew up in was a Christian Church. You probably read that last sentence and thought, “well duh!” Aren’t churches Christian by nature? What I mean is that, where some people grew up Baptist, Presbyterian, or Assemblies of God, my quasi-denominal tradition is known as the Christian Church.

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An Interview with Fantasy Author Thom Dresser

Thom Dresser is the creator of the fantasy “Beggars Rest” series, starting with “The Heart of the Necromancer.” And I had the opportunity to interview him.

 

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What I’ve Learned from Reading a Systematic Theology

Sometimes an in-depth study reveals more about you and others than it does about God.

Last summer, theologian Wayne Grudem announced that he would publish a second edition of his Systematic Theology later in 2020. My Bible study software made it available at a price that was tough to pass up, so I decided to download it and read it “next year.”

An Interview with Author John David Martin

John David Martin is the author of science fiction novel Charis Colony: The Landing. It is his first science fiction novel, though he wrote other books such as The Space Boys and The Winter of 78. And I had the opportunity to interview him.

A Welcome From Liberty Island’s New Poetry Editor

My name is Jon, and I’m honored to be the poetry editor at Liberty Island.

Meet Tom Cosentino and Discover His Hilarious Debut Novel The Art of Looking for Trouble

Get to know Tom Cosentino and his new novel The Art of Looking for Trouble with this autobiographical sketch followed by the book’s first two chapters.

Why Is Liberty Island ‘Ideological’?

ide·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌī-dē-ˈä-lə-jē: a manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culture.

All stories are, on some level, ideological. Countless assumptions about how people should act are hard-wired into every narrative. They have to be, otherwise the story would fail to resonate.

To illustrate the concept, picture an emaciated cat, helpless and stranded on a tree limb high above the ground. Our radiant heroine hears plaintive yowling outside her house, flies out of the front door and, suppressing her innate fear of heights, climbs the tree and saves the cat. You feel good about our heroine, right?

Now reset the scene. This time, our annoyed heroine stomps into the living room, plucks her trusty shotgun from its prominent position above the fireplace, strolls outside, and unloads both barrels into the animal, which drops to the ground with a wet, sickening thud.

How do you feel about her now?

4 Reasons I Decided to Launch Liberty Island Books 4.0

A New Era of Publishing Begins for Counterculture Conservatism

There are 4 main reasons why I decided to accept the opportunity to lead Liberty Island, relaunching it in this, its now fourth publishing arrangement…

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