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Thy Kingdom Comics

Like so many kids, I grew up reading comics. My daily experience of the newspaper was first checking the box scores to see how the Blue Jays had fared the night before and then heading straight to the back where the comics lived. I would read most of the page, but always lingered over a few favorites: Peanuts, The Far Side, Foxtrot, and Calvin and Hobbes. Even today I’ve got volumes of all of those strips and pick them up from time to time. Even better, I see my children reading and enjoying them just as I did.

There are some comics that exist purely for entertainment purposes and some that exist to make a point, sometimes through humor or sometimes through straight-out teaching. is a “curiously Christian webcomic” that does a little bit of both. Sometimes it is just plain funny and sometimes it is dead serious. Sometimes it is thought provoking and sometimes it is laugh out loud funny. Sometimes it is nuanced and sometimes it is heavy-handed. Whatever the case, it ends up being a good combination and one that makes for enjoyable reading. As is the tradition in comics, Adam occasionally gathers his strips into printed collections. He did this first with Implications Abound and has followed it (in a superior format, I believe) with Thy Kingdom Comics, a collection subtitled “Curiously Christian drawings and writings about Jesus, tolerance, abortion, atheism, homosexuality, theology, and lots of other stuff.” I’m sure you understand that it is difficult to review a book of comics, so perhaps what I can do is share a few representative samples.

Pro-Abortion Logic

This one makes a clear, blunt point by pointing to a blatant contradiction.

Pro Abortion Logic 1 Pro Abortion Logic 2

Name It and Claim It

This one goes right after some troubling theology that is all too alive within the Christian world.

Name it and claim it

The Prayer Fairy

This one just pokes fun at an experience just about every Christian can identify with.

Prayer Fairy 1

Thy Kingdom Comics contains around 60 of these strips and weighs in at 238 pages. Unfortunately, in order to keep printing costs reasonable, he had to stick with a black and white rather than full-color format though that is but a minor complaint. I have always enjoyed Adam’s work and am glad to see him continuing to follow standard comic practice by making his work available in print. His comics are always insightful, always theological, and almost always comical. I think most Christians will find them enjoyable reading.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.