Pastoral Reading Reflections

This is a space for our pastoral staff to reflect on what they are reading. These are not reviews, recommendations, or summaries, but short reflections on books they've read.

Setting Parents Free by John Cox

By Zack Owens | February 24, 2020

When I first started reading Dr. John Cox’s book Setting Parents Free, my 7-year-old daughter sat nearby finishing her homework. As my mechanical pencil went wild, she looked up from…

New City Catechism (with Children’s Mode)

By Brian Gault | November 22, 2019

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…

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick Lencioni

By Elbert McGowan | November 7, 2019

Have you ever been on a team? Maybe you were on a sports team growing up. Maybe you were put on a team by a professor and tasked with doing…

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

By Brian Gault | October 23, 2019

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,…

Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

By Brian Gault | October 16, 2019

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.…

He Gave Us Stories, by Richard Pratt

By Brian Gault | September 30, 2019

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…

Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

By Brian Gault | September 24, 2019

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…

Death by Living, by ND Wilson

By Brian Gault | September 17, 2019

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…

Community and Growth, by Jean Vanier

By Brian Gault | August 13, 2019

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…

Heal Us, Emmanuel, edited by Doug Serven

By Brian Gault | July 30, 2019

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.…

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

By Brian Gault | July 23, 2019

World War II history tends to be about strategies and battles, fronts and guns, heroes and power. It’s a tale told about men. It’s a tale told by men. But…

Same Lake, Different Boat, by Stephanie Hubach

By Zack Owens | July 14, 2019

I once heard an excellent sermon from Luke 14. The Gospel was applied it in a real way to our lives. The preacher firmly and compassionately spoke about our spiritual…

Boundaries with Kids, by Cloud and Townsend

By Brian Gault | July 9, 2019

In his excellent sermon at PCA General Assembly this year, David Cassidy said, “Our kids are always being discipled. The question is by whom and into what.” Right now, your…

The Tech-Wise Family, by Andy Crouch

By Brian Gault | May 28, 2019

Summer is upon us. At our house, kids are suddenly at home instead of at school, which consequently involves setting more boundaries around screens. Andy Crouch thinks deeply and writes…

The Jesus Storybook Bible, by Sally Lloyd-Jones

By Zack Owens | May 20, 2019

When I first began teaching children in a summer camp setting, I began accumulating resources (curricula, books, bibles, etc). So when our first child was born, I had an arsenal…