A United Methodist Pastor's Theological Reflections

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (nikos) through our Lord Jesus Christ." - I Corinthians 15:57

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Summer Reading - Finding Faith Connections

Summer is a time that many of us grab or download a good book to read. One Christian leader claims that pastors should spend at least thirty minutes everyday reading. A friend of mine who's a pastor recently commented that he wants to read non-religious books this summer to help separate his church work from his personal life. While I appreciate the need to separate church life from personal life, good books in general tend to touch on spiritual truths even if they aren't technically considered religious books.

I recently completed reading "The Art of Racing in the Rain" which touches on a lot of Christian/religious topics such as faith, life after death questions, and hope.

Presently, I'm reading a book by Scott Peck entitled, "A World Waiting to Be Born" which has a lot of connecting points with Christianity. It was wonderful to go to the park yesterday, sit on a bench in the shade, and read.

As we read books this summer, let's see how our faith is connected with what we are reading. It's amazing how thirty minutes can go by quickly.

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