Louis and I are leaving for Chicago in 27 days…to earn our Christian Community Development (CCD) Certification while attending CCDA Institute|immersion (click the link for more information). As I previously posted in Go to the people…, we were told that we would have 10 books that we would need to read. I started reading one ~ thinking it would be on the list. GREAT BOOK! I got about 1/2 way through, when I learned it was not on the reading list. So, that one has been placed on a shelf for another time. Actually…I’m lending it to a friend while I read the 10 books by our deadline. Over the last 2 days, they have been hitting the mailbox with quite thud. Here’s my reading list for the next 27 days…1276 pages in 27 days…averages 47.259259 pages a day. I guess I better get busy!
- Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor by Robert D. Lupton, 136pg
- Beyond Charity: The Call to Christian Community Development by Dr. John M. Perkins, 192pg
- Theirs is the Kingdom by Robert Lupton, 144pg
- Communities First by Jay H Van Gronigen, 112pg
- Real Hope in Chicago, by Wayne L. Gordon and Randall Frame 224pg
- Generous Justice by Tim Keller, 256pg
- Reconciling All Things by Emmanuel Katongole & Chris Rice, 116 pg
- Empowerment Toolkit by Mary Nelson, 96pg plus a dvd that came with it!!
Although this is all a bit overwhelming…I’m excited about being stretched….learning more…and discussing what I learn with others. OK…my 47+ pages for the day are waiting to be read…so, I’m out!
Earlier this morning, Louis and I were meeting with a couple of friends to discuss what the Lord is doing in our hearts out of their response to my post “it’s a dangerous thing to let Jesus use your boat.” Bob Lupton. And John M. Perkins‘ book, Beyond Charity (one of our favorites!!!) was on the table as we discussed the best way to approach sharing the Gospel, being the feet of Jesus and the on-going Urban:Suburban Challenge in doing that.
Louis has had the chance to hear John M. Perkins speak on more than one occasion. The first being in college at Davidson, when John M. Perkins officially became Louis’ hero! I (green with envy!!!), however, have only had the opportunity to hear him through reading his books and admire his heart, passion and action!!! I, too, can say…he’s my hero!!!
This was sent to me on FB from a new friend, Kathy Armstrong….but was found posted on Sara Groves’ FB Notes page. Let me introduce you to John M. Perkins….on his 80th birthday! Told through Jon Foreman, of Switchfoot and Sara Groves.
Happy Birthday, John M Perkins!! May there be MANY, MANY more!!!
Last year Troy and I had the opportunity to meet Dr. John Perkins. He spoke for one hour, pulling from his experience as a pastor, civil rights leader, near martyr, and inspired follower of Christ. We were given a ten minute break to move from that session to the next thing, but I needed time. I wanted to go to a quiet place and grieve, to face what he had said, to process how I would respond. And I wanted to hear more – here is a near octogenarian who has lived through one of the most turbulent, dark episodes in our history, and he has clarity on life, and on our role as a people called to carry out the love of God. This week is Dr. Perkin’s 80th birthday – here is a tribute to him written by John Foreman in the Huffington Post, with a link to their new song called THE SOUND, inspired by Dr. Perkins: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jon-foreman/the-living-blues-john-m-p_b_613733.html All of us grow old, but how many of us turn and turn and turn and turn our anger and our questions and our fears and confrontations with injustice, over to God, bent on redemption! This is what Dr. Perkins has done, and at 80 years old, he has good things to say to us. I’m listening!