Dean Summers

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Dean Summers, author of The Good Life, Marching to Zion, and To Sit at the Welcome Table, is the Consultant for Discipleship & Christian Leadership Development with Holly House School of Christian Ministry. Here at Goodreads, Dean’s bookshelves include three for books recommended in the School of Christian Ministry: scm1, scm2, and scm3 (a shelf for each SCM level).

Dean is an accomplished haiku poet, published in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, The Heron’s Nest, Cicada, and Brussels Sprout.

His work draws from his experience as a leader of an urban Christian kibbutz; as an executive director of an organization that facilitated partnerships between suburban and urban Christian congregations; as a college student in Japan, India, and Israel; and a
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Marching to Zion

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Advent: Readings, Songs, Me...

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The Good Life: The Sermon o...

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Where Do We Go from Here? A...

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Heaven Here & Now: What It ...

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Walk in Freedom: Thomas Cam...

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Bible 101: The Bible for Be...

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To Sit at the Welcome Table

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Which Books Belong in the Bible? by Floyd Vivian Filson
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The Aftermath of the Mexican Revolution by Susan Provost Beller
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This is a book written for "young readers," but even as an "old reader," I found it very helpful for sorting out the issues, events, places, and people associated with the Mexican Revolution.
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Dare Not Linger by Nelson Mandela
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Stonehenge by Michael Parker Pearson
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The Healing Light by Agnes Sanford
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First read around 1985.
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Where Do We Go from Here? A Disciple's Reading of First John by Dean  Summers
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If you’ve ever read the New Testament epistle First John, you’ll know that it’s easy to get the gist of it, but not so easy to follow the line of thought—especially for such a brief document. In English, and in print, the epistle is five pages, more ...more
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Heaven Here & Now by Dean  Summers
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Heaven Here & Now is a clear, concise presentation of the core Christian message that Jesus of Nazareth called “the gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven.” It is an invitation to meet Jesus’ God, the God of life and love, and to welcome within oneself ...more
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Walk in Freedom by Dean  Summers
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I was attending a gathering of pastors from several Christian denominations. One of the speakers was an Episcopalian priest. He explained that, in the Bible, the word “church” only ever refers to all the Christians of a particular locality, or to all ...more
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Where Do We Go from Here? A Disciple's Reading of First John by Dean  Summers
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If you’ve ever read the New Testament epistle First John, you’ll know that it’s easy to get the gist of it, but not so easy to follow the line of thought—especially for such a brief document. In English, and in print, the epistle is five pages, more ...more
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Someday the Rabbi Will Leave by Harry Kemelman
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“The Kingdom of Heaven is where God’s will is done. When God’s will is done on earth as it is in Heaven, we know God as the God of life and love; we enjoy direct, open communication with God; we enjoy life together with God and with people from every nation in a community of grace and gratitude.”
Dean Summers, Marching to Zion

“When the cart doesn't move, do you goad the cart or the ox?”
Nanyue Huairang
tags: zen

“The world of dew
is the world of dew.
And yet, and yet--”
Issa Kobayashi, The Dumpling Field: Haiku of Issa

“Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”
Lewis Carroll, Alice Through the Looking Glass

“From somewhere, back in my youth, heard Prof say, 'Manuel, when faced with a problem you do not understand, do any part of it you do understand, then look at it again.' He had been teaching me something he himself did not understand very well—something in math—but had taught me something far more important, a basic principle.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Auditur et altera pars. (The other side shall be heard as well.)”
Seneca, Medea




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