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We’re always on the lookout for imagination fire-starters; anecdotes, quotes, movies, songs, and of course books that spark what it means to live fully the way God intended. One of those fire-starters for me (Dean) this spring was the book The Red Bandanna, which was given to me by a good friend.
It tells the story of Welles Crowther, a young man who died in the Twin Towers crash on 9/11. This man didn’t just die that day; he gave his life that day for others in a very Christ-like way, and in a habit that he had developed over years of practice. I found the book stimulating and thought-provoking.
As you’ve heard us describe the past few weeks both online and on Sundays, in July and August the men of Ascension will gather every couple weeks all around the Beltway to discuss this book. It raises good questions about what it means to be a man, what it means to raise a son, what it means to consider others more highly than ourselves. I think it will be a great read (and Ascension women may want to read it to!).
And as great a read as it may be, the goal of our times together is to sharpen one another as men. The book, coffee, conversation, and the story of Welles Crowther are means to that end.
You can join Davey Talbot and Chris Howell in Del Ray.
You can join David Gladden and Todd Deatherage at Peet’s Coffee in Fairfax in the King’s Park shopping Center.
You can join Morgan Reed in Arlington at the Celtic House.
You can join Andrew Litke and Dean Miller at Le Pain Quotidien in Merrifield.
For how many pages to read each week, locations and times, and to register, see below.
Come each week, come when you can, but just COME! The first group starts in Fairfax this Saturday, July 8th.
Read on for more important events coming up and see you on Sunday,
The men of Ascension will get together at various times and places over July and August to discuss The Red Bandana. Check the calendar for dates and times. Below click "Show more..." to see where all four groups are meeting. Here is a reading schedule:
July 9: Pages 1-33
July 16: Pages 34-62
July 23: Pages 63-94
July 30: Pages 95-123
August 6: Pages 124-155
August 13: Pages 155-186
August 20: 187-211