Dear friends,

This summer I’m inviting you to join me in the Pastor’s Summer Book Club! Each month, from June through August, we’ll read one book then come together over dinner at the end of the month to discuss it. Sign up below to receive our book club updates. Books are available on Amazon.com. 

Our June Book

For the month of June, the book I’ve chosen is Accidental Saints by Lutheran Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber. Warning: This book is not for the overly sensitive. Nadia uses strong language to reflect her raw honesty. If you find the use of strong language offensive, this book is not for you. But even more than the strong language, Nadia challenges comfortable notions of Christianity with a radical embrace of the grace of Christ.

Here’s the description of the book:

“In Accidental Saints, New York Times best-selling au­thor Nadia Bolz-Weber invites readers into a surprising encounter with what she calls “a religious but not-so-spiritual life.” Tattooed, angry and profane, this former standup comic turned pastor stubbornly, sometimes hilariously, resists the God she feels called to serve. But God keeps showing up in the least likely of people—a church-loving agnostic, a drag queen, a felonious Bishop and a gun-toting member of the NRA.

As she lives and worships alongside these “ac­cidental saints,” Nadia is swept into first-hand en­counters with grace—a gift that feels to her less like being wrapped in a warm blanket and more like being hit with a blunt instrument. But by this grace, people are trans­formed in ways they couldn’t have been on their own.

In a time when many have rightly become dis­illusioned with Christianity, Accidental Saints dem­onstrates what happens when ordinary people share bread and wine, struggle with scripture together, and tell each other the truth about their real lives. This unforgettable account of their faltering steps toward wholeness will ring true for believer and skeptic alike.

Told in Nadia’s trademark confessional style, Accidental Saints is the stunning next work from one of today’s most important religious voices.”

I think this book is an excellent for diving into a deeper exploration of the heart of mercy and grace we have here at First Christian. I hope you’ll join me!

God bless,

Jason Coker, Pastor

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