Pastor's picks

The Barbarian Way (book by Erwin McManus)

Go ahead and jump. That was Erwin's response to his young son, standing on the roof of their two story house. What? Yes, go ahead and jump if you want to, but make sure you go for the grass and clear the concrete. His wife was appalled. The son took a couple of steps back, ran for the edge and, leaping in the air shouted, "catch me dad".

Okay, perhaps not the greatest advice from a parent to a child. Our fear of danger and risk has impacted our effectiveness as disciples of Christ. We have been domesticated. Our faith has been tamed. Subdued.

But I am pleading with you to wake up and get back to life! The life of a disciple. Guys, this book is a must read. I know you don't like reading, so Erwin has made it small. Thin. Not a lot of pages. I have set a challenge for this book to be loaned out of the library for the next 3 months solid. You will not be disappointed.

Let me know your thoughts…
Pastor G.


Border Crossings (book by Rodney Clapp)

Nonlinear Reading Guide to this Book:

  • If you are a body and do not just have a body, go directly to chapter 6.
  • If you want to know the biggest single challenge facing the church in the incipient twenty-first century, go directly to chapter 10.
  • If you find Winnie-the-Pooh amusing, but sometimes vaguely disturbing, go directly to chapter 16.
  • If, brilliant and most excellent person you are, you regard John Coltrane as the be-all and end-all of twentieth-century music, go directly to chapter 17.
  • If you know whether it’s Hank or Tennessee Williams most likely to be toting a guitar, go directly to chapter 2 or chapter 19.
  • If Christmas is not your favorite holiday, go directly to chapter 8.
  • If Thanksgiving is not your favorite holiday, go directly to chapter 7.
  • If you find the word epistemology intimidating (or worse), but know agent Scully’s phone number and pray nightly for protection from the Cigarette Smoking Man, go directly to chapter 3.
  • If you find the word epistemology positively exciting, and keep Descartes on your nightstand, go directly to chapter 1.
  • If you wonder what earthly good theologians might be, go directly to chapter 5.
  • If you are trying to figure out how Bill Clinton can, policy-wise, be so much like Ronald Reagan and George Bush, go directly to chapter 4.
  • If you think the devil has all the good music, go directly to chapter 18.
  • If the Religious Right frustrates (scares, irritates, bores) the living daylights out of you, but you still don’t want to give up on Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell as brothers in Jesus, go directly to chapter 11.
  • If you always suspected there was something wrong with family values, but could never quite put your finger on it, go directly to chapter 12.
  • If you were raised Catholic or fundamentalist, or are a practicing psychologist, or currently have a psychologist practicing on you, go directly to chapter 9.
  • If, like the author, you can somehow imagine heroes more inspiring than Lee lacocca, Rupert Murdoch, Alan Greenspan, or Donald Trump, go directly to chapters 13, 14, and 15.

Pastor G.


Ryann Watters and the King's Sword, Ryann Watters and the Shield of Faith (books by Eric Reinhold)

Ryann Watters found himself getting tasked by Gabriel the angel to find the King’s Sword in the first book, and the Shield of Faith in the second. Gabriel gives him three items he will need to use; a horn, a staff with buttons on it that do different things, and a ring that changes colours depending on what is happening like black for danger and gold for a portal leading into Aelianna where the story takes place. Ryann, Terrell and Liddy make unexpected encounters with different kinds of people if that’s what you want to call them. I find it exciting how Eric Reinhold leaves you in suspense every chapter and how he quotes Scripture because it’s amazing how he uses it.

Kid's Pick, review by Shantal Koop.


The Birth (book by Gene Edwards)

Here is a good read for the Christmas season…from the ‘heavenly’ perspective…

In the glorious heavenly realm, the angels strain eagerly to understand. What new thing is God doing as Gabriel slips through the Door and fights his way to earth? In the lower realm, angelic visitations are not an every day affair–not even for Mary and Joseph!

Dare to open The Birth and you will find yourself drawn into a drama as Gene Edwards weaves anew the wonderful story of the incarnation, the Christmas story, seen from both realms. Hard to put down, a compelling narrative, The Birth especially introduces the mystery of the Christian life for those who have never heard the story.

Pastor Rick.