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Book Recommendations from Pastor Matt and Karen
Get wisdom, and whatever you do, get insight (Proverbs 4:7).
There are so many good books out there that can provide wisdom and insight on following Christ Jesus in our day. Below is a baker’s dozen of our best reads from 2019:
· Louisa May Alcott, Little Women. If you’ve only seen the movies (like me, Matt), now is the time to read the original (like me, Matt).
· Richard Bauckham, Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels. Discover what there is to know about the various women who are identified by name in the Gospels.
· Sam Chan, Evangelism in a Skeptical World. Strategy and practical advice on how to “go and make disciples” in an age of cynicism.
· H. B. Charles, It Happens after Prayer: Biblical Motivation for Believing Prayer. Pastoral direction, well-developed and applied, on perhaps the most neglected spiritual discipline of our age.
· Tony Evans, Praying through the Names of God. Enriching and illuminating prayers based on dozens of names for God found in Scripture.
· Brian Fikkert and Kelly Kapic, Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn’t the American Dream. A call to pursue biblical flourishing for all, both poor and non-poor.
· Daniel Hill, White Awake. A white pastor in Chicago shares his story of 7 stages of sanctifying change while pursuing racial and cultural understanding.
· Wesley Hill, Washed and Waiting. Honest and deeply personal reflections on what it means to be a faithful Christian with same-sex attraction.
· David Kinnaman and Mark Matlock, Faith for Exiles. Go deep into 5 ways that next-generation Christians are following Christ in “digital Babylon.”
· Rebecca McLaughlin, Confronting Christianity. A robust set of answers to 12 questions that prevent people from following Christ.
· Paul Miller, The J Curve. Dying and rising with Christ lie at the heart of the normal Christian life. Karen’s favorite book of the year.
· Soong-Chan Rah, Prophetic Lament. A book about The Book of Lamentations that will irritate and confront you—just like the Old Testament prophets.
· Sarah Williams, Perfectly Human: Nine Months with Cerian. The challenges that an Oxford University mother and her husband experience out of commitment to the humanity of their terminally-ill unborn child.
Save the Date: All members are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting on January 26 at 7 p.m. in Harris Hall.
Sundays at 6:30: Please note that the Sunday at 6:30 for January 12 concerning sexuality is canceled and has been moved to Sunday, May 3, in order to accommodate the schedule of Dr. Wesley Hill, who will be co-teaching with Pastor Matt. Dr. Hill, who teaches New Testament at Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge PA, is the author of “Washed and Waiting,” a landmark book on the gospel and sexual identity. For future planning, the next Sundays at 6:30 is March 15.
Person of Jesus Mini-Class: For those who have questions about Jesus and are in the process of investigating the Bible and Christianity we are offering a 3-week mini-course on the Person of Jesus. This is an interactive class designed for those who are seeking. All are welcome. Pastor Tracy will be leading this class January 12, January 19, and on Sunday January 26 at 11:10 a.m. in the Library. If you are interested or have questions please email Pastor Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Care Discussion Group: The Care Ministry Team is hosting weekly Sunday morning group discussions at 11 a.m. in the Adult Ed classroom. Our topic for the month of January is "I am concerned about my child's lack of faith". You are invited to join us as we share around these concerns, offer support and encouragement to each other, and pray. Topics/groups for the following months are:
· February - "I am struggling with anger."
· March - "Help me deal with my anxiety."
D6 Adult Sunday School Class: Our D6 Adult Sunday School class started last week . This class works in conjunction with our Children and Youth program. During the month of January we are studying 1 Timothy. This class meets at 9:30 a.m. and is taught by Ray Carr, our Deacon of Adult Education. You do not need to have attended a prior class to attend additional weeks.
Children’s Worship: If you want to be involved, now it's your time! We meet every Sunday from 9:25-9:45 a.m. in the 1st grade room. If you are interested in leading singing or playing an instrument, email email@example.com.