Percy Jackson & The Olympians

Percy Jackson & The Olympians

Rick Riordan masterfully relocates a Greek mythological world into twenty-first century America.  Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, leads the heroic charge throughout the five books against the rise of the Titan, Kronos.  This story is full of monster flaying, demon slaying, and demigod fighting; there is even a love story that weaves its way through the books.  With wit and humor Riordan beckons his readers to delve deeper into world that many thought ended with the Greek and Roman empires.  I highly recommend this series; indeed, it is a fun read for all ages!

On another note, as I read this series I was reminded of how peoples, ancient and modern, have sought to explain this world apart from the Triune God of Creation.  The story compelled me to revisit the early chapters of the biblical narrative (especially Genesis 1-3) in which the Scripture paints a vastly different picture of God.  For one, God is singular, not plural, he alone rules over the creation at the beginning as he speaks the universe into existence (Gen 1:1); this is a truth repeated throughout the Scripture (Deut 6:4; Mark 12:29).  Additionally, in contrast to mythological gods like Zeus and Kronos who clamor for power and fear their own demise the Scripture teaches that the God of the Bible alone is sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent.  He alone rules over the chaotic waters at the beginning of the world (Gen 1:2) and his enemies are no match for him at the beginning of the New Creation (Rev 20:10).  Once again, fiction is a helpful medium that enables careful readers to think more deeply about the biblical narrative and the story all Christians are called into in Christ (Eph 2:13).

The Servant King

I recently read T. Desmond Alexander’s The Servant King: The Bible’s Portrait of the Messiah.  With skill, Alexander articulately shows throughout his work how the entire Bible endeavors to tell one story about Jesus Christ.  Indeed, the Bible is one book wed together by multiple themes that tells one story about Jesus the Christ.

Alexander does more than creatively tie narrative themes together, he labors to make clear that there are two types of people: “those who display a positive attitude toward God (the seed of the woman) and those who are fundamentally opposed to him (the seed of the serpent)” (18).  The most visible difference between the two types of people is that the moral behavior of those within the kingdom distinguishes them from those outside of the kingdom (149).  As a result, the book is applicational as well as deeply theological.

It is an easy book to read (only 168 pages) and will help you read Scripture narratively. I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking to further understand the one story told between the Old and New Testament.