5 books for ministry

Brother to a Dragonfly, by Will D. Campbell (Continuum). Will Campbell distrusts institutions, the religious enterprise, and faith that is too settled. He’s often irreverent, finds church in a tavern, and will offer visitors a sip of whiskey and call it communion (so I hear). In this memoir about growing up and working for civil rights in the south, he somehow manages to smudge the lines between virtuous liberals, Ku Klux Klansmen, his brother’s drug addiction, and his own efforts to do good in the world. I’m sure he never meant to be anyone’s model for ministry, but he’s been one of mine.

 

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