Brown Bag Men’s Book Club

I am so blessed to be a part of a group of guys who hang out once a week.  We call ourselves the Brown Bag Mens Book Club.  Really, all we are is a group of men older than young and younger than old that meet in Jim’s lunch room and talk about what we are reading and life. We eat leftovers, fastfood, or crackers.  We have shared books from A.W. Tozer, Brian McClaren, Philip Yancey, Dallas Willard and others.  Some that our friend Jim brings are way too brainy and scientific for me to grasp or remember the titles.  A cool book today was a book Andy brought that contained stories that Ronald Reagan had handwritten throughout his life.

All I can say is, “thanks guys!”  I have had support, life coaching, friendship and bad jokes to look forward to each week.  God can speak through community in powerful ways.

If you have a similar group, I would love to hear about it.  If not, I suggest starting your own thing like this.  What are you reading these day?  How is it changing and challenging you?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

16 comments

  1. I just picked up a book that I’ve had sitting on my shelf for over a year. “Exploring the Worship Spectrum: 6 views (Counterpoints)”. It has several different perspectives on worship written by worship leaders in emergent churches, seeker friendly, traditional etc. Interesting read.
    No big life change. I do find it challenging for me in really laying down my own personal preferences and preconceived notions about churches and why they do worship the way they do. Challenges me to open up a little.

  2. I just picked up a book that I’ve had sitting on my shelf for over a year. “Exploring the Worship Spectrum: 6 views (Counterpoints)”. It has several different perspectives on worship written by worship leaders in emergent churches, seeker friendly, traditional etc. Interesting read.
    No big life change. I do find it challenging for me in really laying down my own personal preferences and preconceived notions about churches and why they do worship the way they do. Challenges me to open up a little.

  3. I just picked up a book that I’ve had sitting on my shelf for over a year. “Exploring the Worship Spectrum: 6 views (Counterpoints)”. It has several different perspectives on worship written by worship leaders in emergent churches, seeker friendly, traditional etc. Interesting read.
    No big life change. I do find it challenging for me in really laying down my own personal preferences and preconceived notions about churches and why they do worship the way they do. Challenges me to open up a little.

  4. I just picked up a book that I’ve had sitting on my shelf for over a year. “Exploring the Worship Spectrum: 6 views (Counterpoints)”. It has several different perspectives on worship written by worship leaders in emergent churches, seeker friendly, traditional etc. Interesting read.
    No big life change. I do find it challenging for me in really laying down my own personal preferences and preconceived notions about churches and why they do worship the way they do. Challenges me to open up a little.

  5. Today I read and have been pondering:Colossians 1:20 “and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross whether things on earth or things in heaven.” I know that you were talking about books…but that is what I have been reading over and over. Why is it that we get so caught up on “proving our point”…instead of loving one another? I hate it when I am so mean because I have to get my point across and refuse to back down. Lesson learned.

  6. Today I read and have been pondering:Colossians 1:20 “and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross whether things on earth or things in heaven.” I know that you were talking about books…but that is what I have been reading over and over. Why is it that we get so caught up on “proving our point”…instead of loving one another? I hate it when I am so mean because I have to get my point across and refuse to back down. Lesson learned.

  7. Today I read and have been pondering:Colossians 1:20 “and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross whether things on earth or things in heaven.” I know that you were talking about books…but that is what I have been reading over and over. Why is it that we get so caught up on “proving our point”…instead of loving one another? I hate it when I am so mean because I have to get my point across and refuse to back down. Lesson learned.

  8. Today I read and have been pondering:Colossians 1:20 “and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross whether things on earth or things in heaven.” I know that you were talking about books…but that is what I have been reading over and over. Why is it that we get so caught up on “proving our point”…instead of loving one another? I hate it when I am so mean because I have to get my point across and refuse to back down. Lesson learned.

  9. Ben–sounds like a good book. I can’t wait to read your official review on your blog!
    Kristi–what a great thought! So true and a good reminder for me, personally…

    You guys can come to my group any Thursday! (We can always change it to “Person’s” Brown Bag Book Club)

  10. Ben–sounds like a good book. I can’t wait to read your official review on your blog!
    Kristi–what a great thought! So true and a good reminder for me, personally…

    You guys can come to my group any Thursday! (We can always change it to “Person’s” Brown Bag Book Club)

  11. Ben–sounds like a good book. I can’t wait to read your official review on your blog!
    Kristi–what a great thought! So true and a good reminder for me, personally…

    You guys can come to my group any Thursday! (We can always change it to “Person’s” Brown Bag Book Club)

  12. Ben–sounds like a good book. I can’t wait to read your official review on your blog!
    Kristi–what a great thought! So true and a good reminder for me, personally…

    You guys can come to my group any Thursday! (We can always change it to “Person’s” Brown Bag Book Club)

  13. Rick,
    I was a part of such a group when I was in seminary. Our token married guy and his wife opened up their home. We would share some food, talk and pray together.

    Those are some of my sweetest memories from my time in school. It reminds me of the passage that promises 100-fold houses and family for those who follow Christ. Alas, people graduate and move on, though I keep in touch regularly with each of the participants.

    Thanks for reminding me of those good times. May the Lord continue to gather with you all.

    Blessings,

    Jason Kranzusch

  14. Rick,
    I was a part of such a group when I was in seminary. Our token married guy and his wife opened up their home. We would share some food, talk and pray together.

    Those are some of my sweetest memories from my time in school. It reminds me of the passage that promises 100-fold houses and family for those who follow Christ. Alas, people graduate and move on, though I keep in touch regularly with each of the participants.

    Thanks for reminding me of those good times. May the Lord continue to gather with you all.

    Blessings,

    Jason Kranzusch

  15. Rick,
    I was a part of such a group when I was in seminary. Our token married guy and his wife opened up their home. We would share some food, talk and pray together.

    Those are some of my sweetest memories from my time in school. It reminds me of the passage that promises 100-fold houses and family for those who follow Christ. Alas, people graduate and move on, though I keep in touch regularly with each of the participants.

    Thanks for reminding me of those good times. May the Lord continue to gather with you all.

    Blessings,

    Jason Kranzusch

  16. Rick,
    I was a part of such a group when I was in seminary. Our token married guy and his wife opened up their home. We would share some food, talk and pray together.

    Those are some of my sweetest memories from my time in school. It reminds me of the passage that promises 100-fold houses and family for those who follow Christ. Alas, people graduate and move on, though I keep in touch regularly with each of the participants.

    Thanks for reminding me of those good times. May the Lord continue to gather with you all.

    Blessings,

    Jason Kranzusch

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