It was my privilege to be invited to meet with two producers of the recent hit movie “God’s Not Dead” in Studio City, California recently to talk about collaboration between them and Lampion Press. Probably most of those reading this blog are familiar with this movie, and are looking forward to its sequel. Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman are dedicated Christians within the entertainment industry that desire to communicate biblical truth and the gospel through the use of movies, television specials, and documentaries, and we are excited to be working along side them in enlightening minds in a dark culture. We are excited and privileged to enter into this relationship and anticipate that in the coming years there may be several movies or television specials that may come from books being published by Lampion Press.
Steve Sullivan is a New Testament professor at College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, who has recently finished a Ph.D. at the prestigious University of Wales, Lampeter. His dissertation on Romans 9-11, an excellent analysis of these chapters. Steve will be working with me on the Logos Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series on the book of Romans.
Steve and I had a good visit in Houston, where we sat the stage to produce his dissertation that will add important insight into Romans 9-11, a central portion of Paul’s treatise to the Roman Christian, regarding God’s purposes for the Gentiles and the Jews. The work will not be out for a while, but we look forward to its publication.
On my recent trip to Baptist Bible Seminary to attend the Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics, I also had the opportunity to meet novelist Tim Chaffey, who has endorsed the new release by R. M. Huffman, entitled Leviathan, book 1 of The Antediluvian Legacy. The Tolkien-like novel has been written by R. M. Huffman, a medical doctor and fiction author.
Lampion Press is excited that his book on Noah, the first of three volumes, has finally been printed and will be available soon. Some of you may remember the recent movie Noah, that had wonderful cinematography, well-known actors, but had a horrible plot. R. M. Huffman’s novel on Noah and his times is greatly different. It has well-developed characters, a fascinating plot, lots of ferocious monsters and evil beings. It is an exciting read that maintains consistency with the biblical account of Noah and his times, but twists a tale that will keep you guessing.
Recently I spent the evening in Houston, Texas with Louis Markos, professor of literature at Houston Baptist University. I was well aware of his reputation and writings, and was eager to get to know him. He and his son, a classics major in college, met me at the Olive Garden. What I had assumed would be a couple hours of food, fellowship, and fun, and also business, turned into a wonderful four hours of stimulating conversation.
Lou is a unique person with lots of energy and a very fertile mind. We discussed the world of publishing, including his experiences and perspectives, and then launched into a discussion of projects that he had completed, and wanted to do. He had already written From A to Z to Narnia with C. S. Lewis, a fascinating and well-written interaction with C. S. Lewis and his works, but really wanted Lampion Press to publish his Letters to My Son and Letters to My Daughter, but by the time our evening ended, we had made plans for a series of works with him.
In addition to the Letters mentioned above (to be released in March 2015), the first of his fiction trilogy on ancient Greece, Narniaesque, called The Stepping Stone. This is intended for children but adults will enjoy reading it. Markos is prolific in his writing and has varied interests, as will be apparent with some of his titles being released in the next two to three years. I had a well known person say to me a while back, when I mentioned Markos writing From A to Z to Narnia with C. S. Lewis, “If you have Markos, you don’t need anyone else,” and I am beginning to understand his words.
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In the area of theology, my concentration was in the area of hermeneutics (this served me well also when I was a professor of constitutional law) during my doctoral program at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. I had the privilege of taking a doctoral course away from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, where I did my Th.D. This was very important to my growth as a scholar, forcing me to pay special attention to the meaning of textual material, whether it be the Bible, literature, the law, and other works.
In regards to the above, I want to let you know about Elliott E. Johnson, who was an important person in my development in the area of hermeneutics. I have known Dr. Johnson, Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary, for a number of years. During my seven years at LeTourneau College, in Longview, Texas, as a professor of Bible and theology, I had the opportunity, often with the company of my daughter Carrie, to spend pleasant hours with him when I visited Dallas Seminary. He was always gracious and pleasure to talk to. A number of his students desired to produce a book on biblical interpretation, titled The Theory and Practice of Biblical Interpretation, in honor of this wonderful scholar and man of God, which will be released by Lampion Press in early November of this year, edited by Dr. Forrest Weiland, of Veritas Evangelical Seminary, and myself.