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Pastor Buzz Trexler's blog for God's people in The Meadow.

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Name: Buzz Trexler
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Journalist for 29 years; married to Donna for 28 years; parent of David, 27, and Elizabeth, 24; pastor of Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa since 2002.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

So many books; so little time ...

I picked up several books for Christmas that had been on my reading list. Among those, "Adventures in Missing the Point," co-authored by Brian McLaren and Tony Campolo. McLaren is a favorite writer of mine who addresses the changing face of Christianity, and I've long been a fan of Campolo, whose mixture of sociology and theology appeals to me. (I had a double major in college of communications and sociology.)

In "Missing the Point," McLaren and Campolo take turns looking at how we miss the point on issues such as homosexuality, salvation, postmodernism, the Bible, worship, truth, and others. I think it would make a great series of Sunday morning coversations.

My reading of the McLaren-Campolo venture was interrupted by mandatory course-of-study readings. However, I finished "Missing the Point" this morning and have moved on to one of McLaren's earlier books, "A New Kind of Christian." Afterward, I plan on reading Shane Claibnorne's "The Irresistible Revolution," and then I have a couple of Brennan Manning books to read.

In addition, I've forced myself to NOT read ministry-oriented books before retiring to bed. My mind races whenever I do that and I'm unable to sleep. So, I've started reading Clive Cussler books. It's been years since I read non-fiction, but this allows me to shut down.

All the while, there is Scripture ...

So many books; so little time.

Grace and peace ...