My Review of “Is God Anti-Gay?” by Sam Allberry

Is God Anti-Gay?: And Other Questions about Homosexuality, the Bible and Same-Sex AttractionIs God Anti-Gay?: And Other Questions about Homosexuality, the Bible and Same-Sex Attraction by Sam Allberry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This little book is quite timely and comes from a wise pastor who himself struggles with same-sex attraction (SSA). He prefers using the term “SSA” because he does not see homosexual urges as defining who he is; that is, he is not first and foremost gay, just as many people who enjoy steak are not first and foremost carnivores. We are all people in need of the grace of God and the good news of the Gospel of Christ’s grace.

This book is written in a wise, winsome way. It is both theologically uncompromising and clear, honest and open. And yet, such theological “rigor” is neither stifling nor Bible-thumping. It’s one thing to hold a high view of Scripture, another to Bible-thump. Rather, it is gentle, full of grace, pastoral, and personal. It is a very short read, but it is because of the good writing and concision, not lack of content. Continue reading

My Review of “The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert” by Rosaria Butterfield

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor's Journey Into Christian FaithThe Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey Into Christian Faith by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Butterfield has accomplished something great by writing with a simple goal. She simply wants to glorify Christ (who chose her, not the other way around) by presenting her own “conversion” story one of “comprehensive chaos” that resulted in nothing less than total death (for death is required to move from being a former radical feminist-lesbian to the wife of a pastor of a conservative Reformed Presbyterian denomination). Continue reading

How to Batch Convert Powerpoint / Impress Slides (PPT, PPTX, ODP) to JPG Using LibreOffice Or OpenOffice

We all know that LibreOffice can export to PDF (it’s built-in). Awesome. But what about JPEG? Sure. It can do that. But when you export as JPEG, it only saves one slide. Well, the trick is actually to export as an HTML document. Then it can batch convert all slides. You might have to delete extra html files, but at least you don’t have to use Micro$oft Office. Cheers.