Books, Magazines, and thoughts

What are you reading? is a common question among friends.  So I will venture to answer the question for myself.

I have borrowed the book, Amish, (Kraybill, Johnson-Weiner, Nolt) from the College Mennonite Church library.  My eyes will only allow me to skim sections of this large book according to some special interest of mine. I cannot read like I used to.

When cousin Nate Lehman asked me to read a prepublication issue of his book on The Magic of Listening, Amazon gave me Kindle software for my PC.  This allows me to adjust print size and to space the lines according to my liking. Hence I am reading books from the kindle source.  I am still pondering Barrie Wilson’s  “How Jesus Became Christian.”  I may yet do one more post related to Wilson’s interpretation of the New Testament.

Barrie Wilson  makes conclusions about the New Testament that made me want to read it. So when I saw that N. T. Wright had translated the New Testament into contemporary English, I decided to down load the kindle version.  Wright suggests that the Bible should be read with at least two translations before you.  According to Wright there will be no end to the need for translations because languages change constantly, and any new translation will soon be out of date.  So I put Wright’s translation to the list of books I’m reading. He calls this translation,  The Kingdom New Testament.

Amazon likes to guess what books its customers will purchase.  They sent me an introduction to “The Longing for Home: Reflections at Midlife” by Frederick Buechner. I remember Buechner as a skilled writer, and when I read in his introduction that he was born in 1926, I wondered what his reflections would be at age 87, my own age, especially since he seems to consider it midlife.  So I am reading the first half of Buechner’s book in which he rustles through the debris of his early years.  He believes that the home we long for is somewhat like the home we remember.  I’m eager to read his anticipations of the home to come.

I also like to read such magazines as the Mennonite, and the Mennonite World Review  to deliver me from a narrow view of the Mennonite (Anabaptist) Church. Much can be learned by the “on line” versions.  I also read bits and pieces of  Sojourners Magazine to learn of the interaction between left-wing evangelical faith and the world.

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About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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1 Response to Books, Magazines, and thoughts

  1. Good to hear from you again! It has been a good long while. We moved from Mt. Joy to Landis Homes. We are adjusting well in a cottage. We consider this location to be heaven’s waiting room. Meanwhile we have met many of your friends here. Some day we hope to meet the rest over there. Shalom, Norman

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