Reading Reflections

New City Catechism (with Children’s Mode)

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year. When this goes out on the Wednesday Update, you may find yourself travelling in the car for several hours. Perhaps you’re looking for a way to pass the time. Here’s an idea that’s fun for the whole family: Catechism! Some of the best…

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Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

I love the Chronicles of Narnia. They’ve been called children’s stories, and they are. But they’re so much more. C.S. Lewis communicates the wealth of the Gospel with childlike simplicity, in a way that breaks our paradigms and penetrates our souls. I still remember reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for the first…

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Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

On Sunday, Pastor El talked about the importance of Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller. I couldn’t agree more. Counterfeit Gods has been deeply formative for me in the Christian life. Pulling it off the shelf is like visiting an old friend. You can read it in a couple hours, but digest it for the rest…

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He Gave Us Stories, by Richard Pratt

We have a God who acts and speaks. He acts in history, and then he interprets his actions through his word. His word is full of stories. To interpret those stories correctly, we need hermeneutics. Hermeneutics is the study of principles or methods of interpretation. Whenever we read anything, either consciously or unconsciously we are…

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Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

Fiction helps me to enter into another world. As the pages turn, I live in that world. The world that Colson Whitehead creates in The Underground Railroad is not for the faint of heart. It’s a harsh reality. Though it’s a fictional story, it uncovers a hard truth. A truth that needs to be told.…

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Death by Living, by ND Wilson

Life is a story. A good friend recently told me, “I read this every year.” That caught my attention. I picked up Death by Living by ND Wilson, the son of Doug Wilson. ND Wilson is a story teller, a fiction writer. He was written several children’s trilogies including the 100 Cupboards series, the Ashtown…

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Community and Growth, by Jean Vanier

Genuine community is a rebellion against the isolation of today’s culture. Loneliness has skyrocketed over the past 50 years. It’s an epidemic and a deep wound. 47% of Americans often feel lonely. A 2010 study at Brigham Young University reported that loneliness shortens a person’s life by 15 years. Originally translated into English in 1979,…

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Heal Us, Emmanuel, edited by Doug Serven

Heal Us, Emmanuel is “a call for racial reconciliation, representation, and unity in the church.” This collection of essays written by PCA Teaching and Ruling Elders was published in 2016. It came as a response. In 2015 Ligon Duncan and Sean Lucas brought a Personal Resolution on Civil Rights Remembrance to the 43rd PCA General…

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