The "book club Wednesday" selection for July and August is Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor by D.A. Carson. Please click here to see the proposed reading schedule.
This week I read chapters 4 & 5.
Chapter 4 covered the challenges Tom Carson encountered in sharing the gospel with French-speaking Canada in a predominantly Roman-Catholic area. He did this mostly through the sharing of free New Testaments. Much of this activity was documented in his own journals including many of the letters he received from the recipients of the New Testaments. Many of those letters were shared with us in this chapter. It was fascinating to read his experiences and to take part in the history of the moment.
Chapter 5 was titled "Crisis" and covered an incident that involved a lot of heartbreak and disappointment for Tom Carson (you really should read chapter 5). The event was so significant that his son (D.A. Carson) later learned about it in one of his college courses, complete with his Dad's name. When asked why he never told his children the extent of what happened, Tom said this:
"There were two reasons. First, you were children of the manse, and although you have seen the outworking of the gospel, you have also seen more than your share of difficult and ugly things, and we did not think it wise to expose you to this history when you were young. Second, your mother and I decided we needed to protect our own souls from bitterness. We took a vow that neither of us would say anything unkind about ________. And we have kept our vow." (pages 59 &60).
Their daughter was later quoted as saying about her parents, "Try as I might, I cannot recollect one time when either of them spoke negatively about another person. Although Mom was an extremely astute judge of character, her analyses were well seasoned with grace and latent potential for redemption."
Much to be learned from this book. I hope you'll pick up a copy and read along.
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