Jesus Christ is the Head of the Body,
He calls us to be his hands and feet, his servants.
When you come, bring the books (2 Timothy 4:13).
Paul’s request of Timothy reveals how important reading was to the Apostle. In fact, books have always been central to God’s people. God chose to disclose his truth through books: 66 of them, combined today into the single book we call “the Bible.”
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, says this about books:
I still believe that sitting down and reading a book is the best way to really learn something. And I worry that we’re losing that.
Wow! The big guy behind Google is saying, “read.” His talk about “sitting down and reading” reminds me of a great moment in history (386) when the singsong words of a child caused Augustine to open up a book (Paul’s letters), read what was before him, and trust Christ. The child was chanting:
Tolle lege! Tolle lege! Pick it up and read! Pick it up and read!
Tomorrow (Monday, 9/26), we launch a new section of our Stone Hill Church app that will encourage you to “pick it up and read.” In fact, “Pick It Up and Read” is the title. Its subtitle, “Readers’ Reviews,” provides details. These posts will consist of short reviews of books written by a team of Stone Hill readers. When I say “short,” I mean short: reviews will be no longer than 350 words (the length of this column). And when I say “team,” I don’t mean an exclusive team: members include pastors and congregants, women and men, Baby Boomers and Millennials, young and old. As for the books discussed, it’s hard to give a profile. Some will be distinctively Christian; others will not. There will be nonfiction and fiction. There will be prose, occasional poetry, graphic (pictorial) novels, essays, theology and thrillers. The first post will be a review by Pastor Tracy of Evicted, a book about homelessness. Is it a Christian book? No. An important book for Christians to read? Yes. In the review, Tracy answers the questions, “Why should you read this book? What value does it have for Christians living in today’s world?” These questions will run through all the reviews, for we want to thoughtfully live life better for the glory of God. So pick it up and read.