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Jun 2015

The Summer of Shelby

IMG_2433Once again, the Murphy summer calendar is at capacity. Between the swimming pool, numerous VBS’s, karate, soccer camps, Busch Gardens, Water Country, family get-aways, a visit from Nana, and a trip to Disney World; it’s a wonder we find time to do anything else but play chauffeur. However, summer has always been a time for me to tackle a myriad of books that I have been wanting to read, or books that I have simply put off till now. So in the fashionable trend of providing a summer reading list, here are some of the books I am planning on reading and re-reading the next few months (and perhaps longer), either in preparation for a future discussion/series/blog post, or simply for my own enjoyment and edification:

  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney
  • Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life by Makoto Fujimura
  • Law & Gospel: A Theology for Sinners (and Saints) by William McDavid
  • Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love by Edward T. Welch
  • The Sixth Extinction by James Rollins (One of my favorite fiction authors. I didn’t get to read this last summer)
  • Death by Living: Life is Meant to be Spent by N.D. Wilson
  • Wesley on the Christian Life: The Heart Renewed in Love by Fred Sanders
  • Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller
  • Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton
  • The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts by Joe Rigney
  • Biblical Eldership: An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership by Alexander Strauch
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me by Kevin DeYoung
  • The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need by Jeremy Pierre and Deepak Reju
    So if you were sitting about, scratching your head, wondering what you were going to read this summer, hopefully this list will give you a few ideas. I know I’ll be lucky to get through half of these this summer, but I’ll also carry this list throughout the rest of the year in hopes of finishing everything. At least I can’t say, “I have nothing to read!”

    In addition to reading, the summer is also a time to pray, dream, and plan toward the goal of seeing God’s Word brought home by the Holy Spirit to the hearts of the people of Redemption Hill Church. Specifically, this looks like praying and planning for: a summer songwriting retreat in preparation for a new Redemption Hill Music recording, Sunday music planning for the remaining year, beginning to work on Christmas arrangements (Yes, Christmas music is planned for and arranged in August), working with John Sizemore on our Film and Theology offerings for next year, collaborating with Mark Sprinkle and the folks at Third Church and Make RVA on The Makers Series, a fall Hunt.Gather ladies retreat, a Holiday Handmade Fair, and many more things I could write about ad nauseam. As usual, I’m always up for a good recommendation on books to read, movies to watch, or music to listen to, so let me know what you will be reading, watching, and listening to while sitting poolside or nursing a sunburn.

    Shelby out!


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