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REVREADS

Over the course of the year each of our pastors will take a turn leading a discussion on a valuable book you might not otherwise read!  Take a look at what's in store this year.

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March 21 – Brent Jones
Coming to your Senses, by Dr. Steve Korch, is a work that I looked forward to with great anticipation for a number of years prior to its publication. The author was a seminary professor of mine and his class on spiritual disciplines was the incubator for what eventually resulted in this book. Through our well-developed physical senses, we are all quite adept at navigating the physical world around us. Our spiritual "senses," on the other hand, tend to be far less developed. Dr. Korch helps us explore what Scripture says about how to change that.  Come join us!

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May 9 – Tim Mascara
Why should Christians care about animals? Is there a biblical basis for abstaining from eating animals? Is avoiding companies that use (and misuse) animals a viable way for Christians to better live out the message of God? In
Animals Are Not Ours, Sarah Withrow King argues that care for all of creation is no "far-fetched" idea that only radical people would consider, but rather a faithful witness of the peaceful kingdom God desires and Jesus modeled. This includes all living and breathing creatures that share this earth with us. King uses her decade-plus experience as a vegan, her seminary education, her evangelical Christian faith, and her years working with PETA to call Christians to examine how we treat and view the nonhuman animals with whom we share a finite planet. Be sure to join us as King herself will be leading the discussion!

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July 11 – Doug Falls
While Christianity gets accused of being anti-intellectual and out of touch, Thomas Cahill shows how the church has powerfully shaped and preserved culture. His book,
How the Irish Saved Civilization, describes how a small group of Christians (Irish monks) preserved the Bible as well as many other written treasures from the ancient world after the barbarians took down the Roman Empire. Along the way he tells the inspiring stories of Augustine and St. Patrick (the first person in recorded history to speak out against slavery!). I think you’ll find this book a real encouragement in this time of cultural turmoil.

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September 19 - Rick Harper
In Befriend, Scott Sauls challenges Christ followers to be proactive about our relationships both inside and outside the church.  He reminds us that it is quite easy to engage in digital, transactional, one-dimensional friendships, and avoid true relationships that demand us to move toward people with intent and self-sacrifice. It's so easy to avoid people with whom we disagree or whose life experiences are dissimilar from our own.  Even the church can become a place that minimizes diversity and reinforces isolation.  Jesus models a much richer vision of friendship.  Together we will learn how to practically seek new relationships with bullies, children, the dying, family members, political opponents, strangers, and many more.  Sauls uses great biblical content and compelling true accounts in making his points. Warning: Befriend will challenge those stuck in a world of digital or transactional relationships, but the challenge is worth it.

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November 14 – Kevin Burrell
When I read Onward last summer, it dynamically framed my thinking on the role of the Church in the 21st Century. In a culture where Christians are increasingly marginalized, is that necessarily a bad thing? Russell Moore tackles some sacred-cow assumptions about faith and politics, culture, and morality, and he does so with wit and winsomeness. He’s a great writer and there’s a zinger-quote on practically every page. I want as many people as possible to read this book!

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