From Ben Geeding!
As I have been announcing in services, I am offering a CHURCH WIDE “Theology Book Club”. Since I get asked quite often how to go deeper into theology, I thought that this could be a useful opportunity to do just that with my people. The plan is to read one book per month (September-June) and then meet together to discuss it. I will send a short summary of the text, a biography of the author, and some questions to guide our readings before each meeting. The time to meet is dependent on what time works the best for everyone.
This email, then, is to serve three purposes:
1. Spread the word to those who have not been able to attend services the past two weeks.
2. To hear back from those interested on what time would be best to meet together. So far, I have heard that directly after church or Sunday afternoons around 3 work the best. But, please let me know!
3. To give you the book list so that you can start reading! Each book is profound, yet graspable.
Here is the order:
– September: In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership, by Henri Nouwen (The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York, 1988)
– October: Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman (Beacon Press, Boston, 1996)
– November: The Prophetic Imagination, by Walter Brueggemann (Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 2001)
– December: A Grief Observed, by CS Lewis
– January: Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (HarperOne, New York, 1954)
– February: The Cross and the Lynching Tree, James Cone (Orbis, New York, 2011)
– March: Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life, by Henri Nouwen, Donald McNeil, and Douglas Morrison (Image, 1982)
– April: The Ethics of Authenticity, by Charles Taylor (Harvard, Massachusetts, 1991)
– May: A Primer on Postmodernism, by Stanley J. Grenz (Eerdmans, MIchigan, 1996)
– June: Proper Confidence: Faith, Doubt, and Certainty in Christian Discipleship, by Lesslie Newbigin (Eerdmans, Michigan, 1995)
Looking forward to hearing from you!