M&Ms Book Selections 2017

All discussions are held on the third Saturday of the odd-numbered months.  We meet at 8:00AM in the SPEP Ministry Center. 

Discussion scheduled for January 14, 2017
Love Kindness:  Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue,  by Barry H. Corey
Dr. Barry Corey, president of Biola University, thinks that we Christians have failed our culture by contributing to its polarization.  In this book, he calls us back to the way of “revolutionary kindness” –a way that enables us to remain true both to our principles, and to relationships of radical Gospel grace for people with whom we have fundamental differences.

Discussion scheduled for March 18, 2017
Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This month we will pick up the theme of racial justice by reading some speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. These speeches have been uploaded as a file to the M&M group at SPEPConnect.  Please contact me if you don’t know how to get on line to access the M&Ms files. 

Read all eleven speeches if you can, but be sure to read at least the following ones:
    “Loving your Enemies”
    “Letter from Birmingham Jail”
    “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”

Discussion scheduled for May 20, 2017
Truth and Power:  The Place of Scripture in the Christian Life, by J.I. Packer
In six densely packed chapters, Dr. Packer draws us into thinking through why we can trust the Bible and how we can read it most profitably.  He also guides us through some of the historic battles over the Bible within the Church (e.g., the inerrancy debate).  Don’t be misled by the small size of the book, but give yourself plenty of time to read it slowly and ponder the ideas. 

Discussion scheduled for July 15, 2017
My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok
This novel takes us inside the life of a Hasidic Jewish boy who struggles to work out his life choices when his artistic gifts and professional desires come into conflict with the expectations of his family and the requirements of his faith community. 

Discussion scheduled for September 16, 2017
A Place for Weakness: Preparing yourself for suffering
by Michael S. Horton
Dr. Michael Horton, has written this book because dark times fall upon each one of us, believer and unbeliever alike.  It is only when believers are solidly grounded in the truth of God and His ways, that they can experience His promise-keeping faithfulness through their pain.   This book teaches key truths to sustain us in times of loss and suffering.

Discussion scheduled for November 18, 2017
Encounters with Jesus:  Uncover the Ancient Culture.  Discover Hidden Meanings,  by Gary M. Burge.
This enjoyable book is full of photos, artwork and maps designed to draw us into the world of the Bible.   Dr. Burge, professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, guides us through five familiar New Testament encounters between Jesus and the people of his day.  He opens up our understanding of each encounter up bringing insights to us from the history and culture of that time. 








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