Archive for December, 2010

Cannonball 1: God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Story-Line of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts

It’s a new year, and a new Cannonball. This year’s Cannonball isn’t officially starting until January 1, 2011, but I’m going to read ahead and take advantage of the extra time to make this year’s Cannonball something special.

And, without further ado, here’s review #1:

God's Big Picture: Tracing the Story-Line of the BibleGod’s Big Picture: Tracing the Story-Line of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I was younger and I first began to read the Bible in earnest, I learned to read passages in little chunks, deconstructing each sentence so that I could fully understand the meaning of each word in its context before moving on to the next bit. I would sometimes spend days meditating on a particular verse, especially if it presented a list of virtues to consider (e.g. Galatians 5:22-23). I would dedicate a day to each virtue, meditating on how I could cultivate each of these virtues in my life.

So having to read this book all in one shot for a class was… different from my usual experience with Scripture, to say the least.

The premise of this book is that the Bible is one unified story, and the main character is Jesus Christ. Even though we aren’t formally introduced to Him until the Gospel of Matthew, everything up to that point foreshadows Him and points to Him.

I whipped through the book in just over an hour. I then laid in bed and marveled at the big picture of God’s Word.

This book was an excellent, clearly-written summary of a topic that ought to be too big to be contained in such a small tome. But Roberts did an excellent job of making his point without belaboring it. After reading it, I wanted to know more about how all of creation, from the time of its genesis, was waiting for Jesus to come and redeem it. And, now that we have seen Him revealed, those of us who believe are waiting for Him to return in glory. But, as we wait, we have the Word of God to remind us to wait with joy for what is surely coming.

I can’t wait to see Jesus with my own eyes. But, until then, I’ll see Him in Scripture, described with the loving clarity that only a Father could express.

If you’re looking for a primer on the overarching theme of Jesus in the Bible, I’d definitely give this book a thumbs-up.

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I’m Just Here for the Food: El Pollo Inka

lomo saltado


I guess I’ve been spoiled by Mario’s.

When I first discovered Peruvian food, I was all about the Chaufa de Mariscos (seafood fried rice) at El Pollo Inka. I thought it was pretty good, but it must not have been that good because, after I stopped working near an El Pollo Inka, I stopped getting Peruvian food.

About a year ago, I visited my first Peruvian restaurant in years: Mario’s Peruvian. It was there that I discovered Lomo Saltado: a sublime dish of savory beef, tomatoes, and vegetables served over hot, crispy fries. Upon rediscovering Peruvian, I just couldn’t get enough.

A few weeks ago, a friend invited me out for dinner, and we decided to get Peruvian. I was excited, and ready for my Lomo Saltado fix.

When I took the first bite, my disappointment was palpable. The Lomo Saltado at El Pollo Inka is nothing like the explosion of flavor that Mario’s version of the dish is. No wonder I’d lost my taste for Peruvian food by eating at El Pollo Inka: there’s no taste to be had here. The Lomo Saltado is just bland.

I suppose it wasn’t the worst food I’ve ever had, but, after Mario’s, it was a huge disappointment. Still, I guess it’s better than no Persian food at all. But I can tell you that I won’t be revisiting El Pollo Inka while there’s still a Mario’s within driving distance.

El Pollo Inka
1425 W. Artesia Boulevard, Suite 14
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 516-7378