In his recent book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brain, writer Nicholas Carr reflects on the steep drop in time spent reading among Americans today. He writes, “Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a jet ski.” Another sociologist laments the loss of what he calls “deep reading,” which requires intensive concentration for longer periods of uninterrupted time.
One of the greatest gifts of my job is the ability to create space for study, prayer, and thinking deeper, longer thoughts about the work of God in and through our church. Thank you for giving me this freedom to devote extended time in the summer to preparing sermons and sermon series that will take us through next year. It's also been so encouraging for me to sit under the teaching of such a dynamic team of pastors here at Highland Park Pres for the last few weeks. (I don't think I'll ever forget Emily Scates preaching about her future encounter with 'King Neb'...)
Finally, I can't say enough how grateful I am for the sacrificial generosity of this church. I'm humbled to serve alongside so many individuals and families whose hearts truly follow their treasure in support of the mission and ministry at Highland Park Pres. As we approach our fiscal year end in a few weeks, I would ask that you give generously so we can enter a new ministry year with momentum and strength.
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