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.

Soul of Shame, by Curt Thompson

By Brian Gault | January 13, 2019

In the garden of Eden, in the last verse before the fall, here’s the description of Adam and Eve in the blessed state of paradise: 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. (Gen 2:25 ESV) “Not ashamed” seems an odd choice. He could have said “joyously jubilant” or…

Educated, by Tara Westover

By Brian Gault | January 13, 2019

For some, abuse is impossible to imagine. For others, it is a hideous reality. Way too often abuse is ignored. Sometimes it is denied. Educated is about abuse. It’s about more than abuse, but certainly not less. Tara Westover grew up on a mountain in Idaho. She received no formal education. Her father worked in…

Union with Christ, by Rankin Wilbourne

By Brian Gault | December 17, 2018

It has been argued that nothing is more important to understanding the Christian life than the doctrine of union with Christ. The phrase “in Christ” appears 89 times in the New Testament, and includes some of my favorite verses in all of Scripture. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.…