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2019 Summer Reading List

2019 Summer Reading List

1. From Brokenness to Community, Jean Vanier (56 pages) Jean Vanier (Van-yay) passed away May 7th; his loss will be felt by people from a variety of Christian denominations. Vanier relinquished an academic post at the University of Toronto to found L'Arche communities for people with disabilities. This book is a series of two lectures that detail what he has learned from decades of living with this group of people. The book is short (2 chapters, 60 pages) and might be digested slowly. A possible format might be four weeks, covering the chapters, looking how the biblical metaphor of the body functions (Ephesians 4:1-16; Romans 12:1-21; Colossians 1:21-2:23 [read “body” instead of “substance” in 2:17]; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 [keep an ...
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Deep vs. Shallow Biblical Grounding

Deep vs. Shallow Biblical Grounding
We had some questions about an "atypical" book list. Our reasons for pushing for an “atypical” book is this: it is vital to the health of our church that we pursue deep biblical grounding rather than settle for superficial. This is how we see the difference. Deep Biblical Grounding Shallow Biblical Grounding Self-awareness of assumptions allows the text to exercise proper authority Eisegesis, finding your own ideas in the text Historical, literary, and grammatical awareness Commonsense reading without resources Aim: Pursue wisdom over a lifetime Aim: Read for the daily nugget Read widely to develop discernment Read only the Bible Embraces tough questions as opportunities for pursuing deeper wisdom Avoids tough questions Longstanding questions Quick and easy answers Macro applications: ...

On Being a Church for the Weak

On Being a Church for the Weak
An article from Matthew LaPine was posted on Mere Orthodoxy this week. A sample: "It’s no surprise that I’ve not encountered a church like Vanier’s community. With increased mental capacities comes an increased ability to compete in cultural games, to self-deceive about motives, and to hide internal pain. The churches that I’ve been a part of have been full of people who, to varying degrees, are twisted by their own fears and anguish into unconscious patterns of negotiating status and hiding weakness. Even my own life is full of habits of being that pursue prominence and push away vulnerability. The church is a profoundly painful place because we all have ways of hurting each other by our very ways of ...

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