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Feb 07 in Musings
The eminent philosopher Dr. Seuss once said:
      “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
        The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Our staff at Hollywood Pres does a significant amount of reading and discussing. At pastoral staff meetings, all-staff meetings and staff retreats we are always reading something together. Often it is scripture, but magazine articles, poetry, theology, literature, history and culture are all fair game. Periodically I like to let you know about, as Dr. Seuss so wisely noted, the places the staff is “going.” Here’s a brief synopsis of the January-June reading list:
1)      a chapter from the book Prayer by Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church.
2)      Millennial Evangelicals Diverge from Their Parents’ Beliefs, a magazine article by E. Griswold in The New Yorker magazine, August 2018.
3)      an article from Dr. Hak Joon Lee of Fuller Seminary in the Fuller Magazine called Exile or Exodus? Explicitly, Dr. Lee writes about Fuller moving their campus, but more broadly discusses how God utilizes disruption in our lives.
4)      two chapters from The Miracle of the Kurds by Stephen Mansfield, who will preach at Hollywood on Global Mission Sunday, May 5th.
5)      a chapter from The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone, the premier African-American theologian of the last four decades. Cone sets the terrible legacy of U.S. lynchings of African Americans in the late 19th and first half of the 20th century next to the cross of Jesus. Very challenging.
6)      a sermon from Eugene Peterson’s As Kingfishers Catch Fire, out of Numbers 23.
7)      two brief articles from Dorothy Sayers and James Baldwin around faith and the arts.
8)      A testimony from Pamela Perillo in the May 2018 Christianity Today magazine.
Perillo came to faith in Christ while on death row for committing murder.
9)      two poems from Christian Wiman.
10)  a book called Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I Have Loved, by Kate Bowler, a professor at Duke Divinity School. Bowler is a scholar who has written widely on the “prosperity gospel,” and this is her very compelling story of being diagnosed with terminal cancer as a young mom–and how as she processed her own faith and the promises of scripture in the midst of it.
So many good books, so little time! I wonder what reading will shape you this winter and spring?
See you soon,            
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