Here’s What I am Reading

It has been just over a year since I finished my degree and went on sabbatical. The challenges of the last ten months have been legion but that is for another day:-) All that to say other than what I have had to read for classes and study I haven’t felt the creative energy to read or write. Well something shifted this past two weeks and I have read several books that I am quite enjoying. Books that challenge, stretch my thinking and help me to look at things through the eyes of the other. So, here is my list from the last couple of weeks reading:

God at War by Gregory Boyd (I am rereading this, so much to catch)

Speaking of Jesus by Carl Medearis (Love this book!)

A Time to Embrace by William Stacy Johnson (super challenging and interesting)

The Book of Common Prayer for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne (only 2.99 on Kindle)

Here is an example of today’s reading from The Book of Common Prayer: “How long? Not long! Because the arc of the mortal universe is long but it bends toward justice.” Claiborne, Shane (2010). Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (p. 376). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

The Art of the Commonplace by Wendell Berry (Love this man’s writings).
That’s it!

Divisiveness vs Love

I am amazed at how many conservative Christians promote divisiveness agains Muslims. I just finished reading Carl Medearis‘ excellent book, “Speaking of Jesus” and what I can’t understand about conservatives is how they skip the “love your enemy” command of Jesus. The more we demonize and dehumanize people of other faith traditions, sexual orientation, ethnicity or gender the more we lack the very essence of what it means to follow Jesus. A good review of history proves this out to be true.
My hope is that the conservative branch of Christianity would take a long, cleansing breath and really buy the fact that God does not need defending. He is quite big enough to run the entire cosmos without another round of crusades.