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  • Dear Members & Friends of FPC Logan,

    This is a special two-month edition of the Pulse newsletter. We usually combine two months into one issue every summer to give our Pulse Editor Marge Mascher a bit of a break. It’s a lot of work corralling all of the people necessary for Marge to assemble an issue of the Pulse. Marge, from all of us at FPC Logan—thank you for hard work you put into producing such a wonderful newsletter.

    July and August are going to be very exciting months for me. Laura Sawyer and I are getting married on July 21st. Yay! The wedding ceremony is at Arvada Presbyterian Church in Arvada, Colorado (this is the church the I mostly grew up in). Laura and I both have family in Colorado and this seemed like a wonderful place for us to hold the wedding ceremony. We are fortunate enough to be going on our honeymoon in Portugal. We chose this location because of the beauty of the country and the people, and the devastating wildfires that hit the nation last year. Portugal remains a relatively inexpensive place to visit, and tourist dollars will continue to help in the recovery. We do want to celebrate our lives together with our Logan friends too, so we would like to invite all of you, our Logan friends, to a reception that we are holding on Friday, August 17th at FPC, in Bruner Hall from 6-9pm. More details are inside this issue. 

    Do you like to read? Looking for a summer reading list? I love to read myself and I would like to share some books that will be on my summer reading list. I love a good book about how God and life intersect. Maybe you’ll find these interesting yourself:

    David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, suffer from a disability, lose a parent, attend a mediocre school, or endure any number of other apparent setbacks. This book draws upon history, psychology, and powerful story-telling to reshape the way we think about the world around us.

    Holding Faith: A Practical Introduction to Christian Doctrine(this is the book that Pastor Meg is currently discussing in her book group)

    This book of Christian theology shows how different understandings of particular doctrines play out in relation to the way we live our lives. It explores the content of core Christian doctrines and celebrates the “so what?” of each. Through theological literature, Scripture, current events, sociology, fiction, and movies, Cindy Rigby shows that theology is key to how we come to understand and negotiate our world. Holding Faithcontends that some approaches to Christian doctrine are preferable to others, making persuasive arguments for creative ways of believing that can enliven our lives, and the life of the world. Theology has relevance because it can stymie or transform. In the interest of full disclosure, Cindy Rigby was my Systematic Theology professor at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (also Pastor Meg’s).

    Everything Happens For a Reason, and Other Lies I Have Loved

    Kate Bowler, a professor at Duke Divinity School, is leading a blessed life with a wonderful job, husband, and newborn son. Everything in her life seems to be thriving, and then she is diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer at age 35. The prospect of her own mortality forces Kate to realize that she has been tacitly subscribing to the prosperity gospel, living with the conviction that she can control the shape of her life with “a surge of determination.” Kate is very sick, and no amount of positive thinking will shrink her tumors. What does it mean to die, she wonders, in a society that insists everything happens for a reason?Kate is stripped of this certainty only to discover that without it, life is hard but beautiful in a way it never has been before.

    If you pick some of these up and enjoy them please let me know. I’d love to hear about it. And please make sure you join us for OUTDOOR WORSHIP in Merlin Olsen Park on Sunday, July 15thWorship begins at 10:30 am.

    Have a wonderful July and August, I’ll be seeing you around!

    May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with you all,

    Pastor Derek

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