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by James F. Morin
Earmarks is a story about a minister who was neither Trinitarian nor believed in human perfectibility. Indeed, Christians were children of a loving God who need not struggle to be accepted. They were accepted by the very definition of who they were – “Children of a heavenly father.” The existential question of what became of created children was in large measure whether Christians accepted the responsibilities for working all their lives, to be mature and fulfilled human beings.
Marcus Ransom, a veteran of the Vietnam War, knew the hell of war and he discovered the peace of God.
The author, James Morin, is a true antecedent to Marcus Ransom. Both had proceeded from a state of lostness, or at-sea-ness, to a state of being accustomed to the eternal presence of God and the total reliability of graciousness.
The fact that Marc was a latent homosexual man was also a big consideration in the life and work of this lovely man.
About the Author
For more than fifty years the author, James F. Morin, served as a United Methodist Minister in the Indiana area. When he began his tenure the office of ministry was pretty well set in its definition and in its forms. As a ministerial candidate, he was a young man steeped in the existential life of the Methodist Church. He knew he was called to be a minister because he was steeped in the culture of Methodism. He would be expected to continue in the Trinity Tradition of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: three persons, but one God. He would be expected to be a Wesleyan marked man, with a special interest in a universal gospel and the perfectibility of the human spirit.
Morin has published three other books: My Father’s Son, Honey from the Rock, and Jesus Priceless Treasure.
(2012, paperback, 178 pages)