Is Your Pastor or Priest a Man of Action? Check Out Pastor Stephen Grant in, for example, WINE INTO WATER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL, MURDERER'S ROW: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL and THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL by Ray Keating

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.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Catch-Up Sale: Kindle Versions of Pastor Stephen Grant Novels More Than 60% Off


Ray Keating’s next thriller – The River: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel – will be published soon.

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Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel has earned an average Amazon.com reviewer rating of 4.3 stars out of 5, and was ranked as a Top 10 book on a WORLD magazine June 2013 list. A recent 5-star review declares: “…a great read, with a strong plot, great characters, and solid reflection on the meaning of faith and ethics in a world of violence.”



Root of All Evil? A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel has earned an average Amazon.com reviewer rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. One Amazon.com reviewer declared: “I could not put this book down. It keeps your attention throughout, and the characters are memorable. I highly recommend Ray Keating's Pastor Stephen Grant novels.”



An Advent for Religious Liberty: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel has earned an average Amazon.com reviewer rating of 4.3 stars out of 5, with one reviewer noting that Keating “delivered a thought-provoking, fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat story with interesting twists and a heart-warming ending.”



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Monday, April 14, 2014

New Pastor Grant Thriller on Way: The River

BIG NEWS: The next thriller by Ray Keating - THE RIVER: A PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT NOVEL - is now in editing and production. Get ready for the next page-turner featuring the former Navy SEAL and CIA operative, and current pastor.

Dan Brown vs. Ray Keating

Why is Ray Keating better than Dan Brown? 

Both authors offer page-turning, religious thrillers. 

But Keating actually respects Christianity and the Word of God. 

Enjoy all three PASTOR STEPHEN GRANT novels by Keating – WARRIOR MONK, ROOT OF ALL EVIL? and AN ADVENT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

The next thriller in the series is coming soon, so get caught up on the action!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Excerpt: On Religious Liberty

The following is an excerpt from An Advent for Religious Liberty: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel. Pastor Grant speaks in a sermon on religious liberty being under attack. Sound familiar?


“We heard from Moses today in Deuteronomy. He noted that the Lord said, ‘I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.’
“As this Advent soon comes to a close on Christmas Eve, it serves us well to consider these, as well as other commands from God, to speak out, in particular, to share His word.
“We have a responsibility to spread the Gospel to all corners of the world.
“When it comes to the political arena, though, I’m in the camp that pastors, church leaders and entire denominations should be very careful when they venture out to take stands on political issues.
“When no biblical or moral imperative exists, churches should leave it to the freedom of the Christian in their roles as citizens, acting according to a morally informed conscience, to make the best decisions they can. Otherwise, when church leaders take stands on these kinds of issues, it only creates further division within the Church. There are seemingly countless issues in the political arena that we can and do disagree on, and that does not diminish any of us as faithful Christians.
“But, of course, there are times when our faith requires that we take a stand. That is, if we do not speak out, we are not doing what God asks of us. The most obvious are cases of protecting innocent human life, from conception to death; protecting the institution of marriage as being between a man and a woman as God has proclaimed through both Holy Scripture and His natural law; and standing against any kind of genocide and other glaring evils.
“While far from perfect – indeed, the Church is not immune from man’s sinful nature – Christians often have been and are voices for what is right and just.
“That being the case, this is why I have been truly frightened by the recent efforts, as manifested by New York City Mayor-elect Pritchett, to in effect silence Christianity in the public arena. That was followed closely by the attempt to label our fellow Christians in the Catholic Church as a hate group.
“In a land founded in part on the promise of religious liberty, this often seems unbelievable. With the very First Amendment to our Constitution beginning, ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ it is incomprehensible that we have gotten to this point.
“Yet here we are in a position whereby we must declare this to be ‘An Advent for Religious Liberty.’ It is a time in which we prepare and await a return to a proper civic understanding, a proper constitutional understanding, and a proper respect for religious liberty.
“As many of you know, I’m not only your pastor, but something of a history buff as well. No respected historian would ever say that the First Amendment was meant for there to be a wall of separation between church and state so that the church should be silent on matters involving the state, or silent in our broad public, community life together. Quite the contrary, the First Amendment protects the full and free exercise of religion.
“In fact, it’s amazing how the meaning of Thomas Jefferson’s letter, from which the expression ‘a wall of separation between Church and State’ comes, has been turned on its head. Jefferson was responding to and agreeing with a letter sent by the Danbury Baptist Association. The point of the association’s letter was that government should not infringe upon one’s religious beliefs.
“The association’s letter said: ‘Our sentiments are uniformly on the side of religious liberty: that Religion is at all times and places a matter between God and individuals, that no man ought to suffer in name, person, or effects on account of his religious opinions, [and] that the legitimate power of civil government extends no further than to punish the man who works ill to his neighbor.’
“Jefferson was agreeing with these points. He clearly was not making a case for there being no links or interaction between religion and government. In the end, the point of the First Amendment was to make sure that government did not create an official church, since so many who came here fled a state church, and that the state could not limit the freedom of religion.
“But in various ways over recent decades, many in politics have sought to limit religious freedom through a gross misinterpretation of this phrase that does not appear in our Constitution.
“Adam Pritchett’s declaration and intentions on this front actually amount to nothing more than the natural step forward for these forces. And yes, we have an obligation to speak out against such a gross infringement of religious liberty. As someone recently said to me: We would be negligent if we did not act.
“Later today, I hope most of you will be joining us on the bus ride into the city as our own Lutheran Church will lead tonight’s prayers during the ‘Advent of Religious Liberty.’
“And let us pray for our nation in these troubling times.”