Pastor Stephen Grant?
Stephen Grant is the pastor at St. Mary’s Lutheran Church on eastern Long Island. Grant is one of the more unique second-career clergy around, as he once worked for the CIA. Besides theology, his interests include archery, golf, writing, classic films, the beach, poker, baseball, and history. Grant also knows his wines, champagnes and brews. Oh yes, he generally dislikes politicians, and happens to be an expert marksman with a handgun and a rifle, while being pretty handy with a combat knife as well.
Monday, February 14, 2011
The new Discussion Guide for Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel is meant for group or individual study and reflection on topics like terrorism, war, prayer, public life and the Church, sex and marriage, going to church, ecumenism, and church architecture.
The Rev. Fred Schumacher, the executive director of the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, offered the following about the novel: “If I were not retired from serving in a parish, I would certainly create an adult book discussion group using Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel as an interesting starting point for a discussion of issues in regard to church and society; ecumenism in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the greater Church; the many moral and ethical issues facing individual Christians; and much more.”
Keating said, “Pastor Schumacher was very kind in his remarks. He also motivated me to produce this discussion guide, just in case anyone actually carries through on his suggestion.”
The Discussion Guide for Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel is available from Amazon.com’s CreateSpace at https://www.createspace.com/3558267, or directly from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Discussion-Guide-Warrior-Monk-Stephen/dp/145658569X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1297632120&sr=1-1.
Ray Keating is the author of Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel (2010). He also is a weekly columnist with Dolan Media Company (including Long Island Business News and Colorado Springs Business Journal), a former Newsday weekly columnist, an economist, and an adjunct college professor. His work has appeared in a wide range of additional periodicals, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Post, Los Angeles Daily News, The Boston Globe, National Review, The Washington Times, Investor's Business Daily, New York Daily News, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, Providence Journal Bulletin, and Cincinnati Enquirer.