BLOG: VOICES FROM CEDAR LANE
In this month’s column, I resurrect a custom from the early years of my ministry - providing an annotated list of books for summer reading. The following is a list of books I intend to read this summer as well as ones that I have been reading during the year that deserve special mention. Some of these books may end up serving as grist for the sermon mill while others are for one's reading pleasure.
The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama
The ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius said of beauty: “Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it.”
We miss so much of the beauty that emanates from the people, places, and things among and around us. We just don’t see it.
It's hard to describe what I'm feeling right now. Endings and beginnings both have their challenges. When they all come at the same time, I often just sit back in awe of the universe.
For the last 20 years of his life, my father belonged to a Baptist megachurch in rural Florida. This church meant a lot to him, and it supported him greatly when he was living alone and coping with significant health problems. When I visited, we went to services together, and I enjoyed the music, the beautiful building, and the sermons. I also noticed that the charismatic minister discussed finances with the congregation every week, asking them to give more, and ever more, to support the church.
One cannot help but be in awe when (we) contemplate the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
– Albert Einstein