Pastor Matt's Book Club

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Pastor Matt's Book Club

Pastor Matt’s Book Club is an occasional opportunity for Rooftoppers to discuss important books and ideas in a friendly and intellectually stimulating way. We’ve read and discussed both fiction and non-fiction books on politics, theology, the Bible, and contemporary culture. 

Dates and book titles (with descriptions) for upcoming books are below. Here’s what to do:

·       Read the book description to see if it’s something you’re interested in reading.

·       RSVP on the link provided. (Space is limited, so reserve your spot.)

·       Click the amazon link to order the book. (Or get it from somewhere else, like at the library.)

·       Read it! (If you’re not sure you’ll be able to read it, please don’t RSVP until you HAVE read it, to make sure there’s room for people who WILL read it. If you aren’t able to finish reading it before the meeting, we encourage you to eventually read it anyway, but refrain from attending the Book Club.)

·       Show up, ready to discuss.

"The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor's Journey into Christian Faith," by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield (Amazon Link)

Sunday, Jan. 20 | 7 - 9 pm | Welcome Center

Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided hospitality to students and activists that were looking to make a difference in the world. In the community, Rosaria was involved in volunteer work. At the university, she was a respected adviser of students and her department's curriculum. 

Then, in her late 30's, Rosaria encountered something that turned her world upside down--the idea that Christianity, a religion she had regarded as problematic and sometimes downright damaging, might be right about who God was. That idea seemed to fly in the face of the people and causes that she most loved. What follows is a story of what she describes as a train wreck at the hand of the supernatural. These are her secret thoughts about those events, written as only a reflective English professor could.

"The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation" by Rod Dreher (Amazon Link)

Friday, Feb. 22 | 7 - 9 pm | Welcome Center

The Benedict Option is both manifesto and rallying cry for Christians who, if they are not to be conquered, must learn how to fight on culture war battlefields like none the West has seen for fifteen hundred years. It's for all mere Christians—Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox—who can read the signs of the times. Neither false optimism nor fatalistic despair will do. Only faith, hope, and love, embodied in a renewed church, can sustain believers in the dark age that has overtaken us. These are the days for building strong arks for the long journey across a sea of night.