I’m having a reading renaissance this week. I don’t think I’ve read this much in one week since my over-achieving stint as Hudson Elementary School’s Book It champion of 1986. (Thanks to the greatest motivation any 7 year old pastor’s kid could have – PIZZA.) To the utter dismay of my parents, I didn’t read very much in college (hence my abysmal 3.8 GPA). However, thanks to the help of my new friend, Jake, and the genius of Google Reader, I have been reading tons of good stuff this week. Most of it has been church-related…mainly so I can justify all this extra reading during the work day.
The one thing that has smacked me in the face is just how closed-minded I’ve become in my refusal to read a wide variety of articles from a broad perspective of writers. Take this article, for example. If last month someone would have handed me an article about social justice, penned by a Vineyard pastor, I would have used the paper it was printed on as a substitute for toilet paper. After all, what could a conservative Christian possibly know about something as radically liberal as caring for the sick, poor, and oppressed? (Sarcasm intended)
However, thanks to the phenomenon of linking articles within articles, I stumbled across Pastor Nathan’s well-written opus about how social justice is at the core of the Gospel. Though the content of the piece didn’t say much I didn’t already know, the origins of the article have managed to dash any preconceived notions I once had about certain authors, websites, blogs, etc. At this point, I might actually turn into a book worm…or, more realistically, start reading a little bit every day.
Just one of many joyful discoveries this week that has opened my eyes and made my head hurt…in a good way.