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Tuesdays in August

A new book discussion group is starting up on Tuesdays evenings in August. The book is called “Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others” by Barbara Brown Taylor. This book is a small window on a large subject. This is the story of a Christian minister who lost her way in the church and found a new home in the classroom, where the course she taught most often was not Introduction to the New Testament but Religions of the world. As soon as she recovered from the shock of meeting God in so many new hats, she fell for every religion she taught.  I loved this book. Barbara Brown Taylor is a great writer, with real theological and spiritual depth. The book just came out this year and is published by HarperOne. It can be purchased on Amazon, Cokesbury, or probably from local book shores. Let me know if you want to be a part of this discussion group.  Maybe you have a friend that you would like to invite to join you for this group. This is a great way to introduce someone to your church. Maybe you have a friend who is not sure about the church because it often seems like an exclusive club. This would be a great study to invite them to take part in. Blessings, Steve


Reading on the 4th

This week I am in Claremont with Karla as she takes classes at the School of Theology in the Course of Studies Program for Local Pastors. 

I walked in the college book store today and picked up my 4th of July reading. Sometimes I read the Declaration of Independence on the 4th and sometimes something else that helps me to reflect on our democracy. Last year it was John Meacham’s book on the American presidency. 

This year I’m going to read Madeleine Albright’s 2018 book called “Fascism: A Warning.” Albright was the first woman to serve as Secretary of State under President Clinton. This is a personal and urgent examination of fascism in the 20th century and how it’s legacy shapes today’s world. (More later)

Happy 4th. Do some praying and soul searching for our country and world. 

Steve



Pastor Steve Lundin