Tuesday, January 24, 2006

A New Day

Things are in full swing now. School is in full swing now, and brings much work with it. I'm still behind in some things, trying to balance church work with school. I have bought more books this time than usual, which reqires more reading than usual. In my THeology of Methodism, I get to be involved in a "Christian Conferencing" exercise which should be interesting. This is a thing where we get a group of people together to discuss some controversial topic. Mine is Christology, discussing Bishop Sprague's views. For the record, I am taking the side opposing his views. My surprise is that there seem to be some in the class that could agree with him. More on that later. But for now, I'm off to read about preaching for class tomorrow.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

The past couple of weeks have been very hard for a number of reasons, which has been the cause of my absence from bloggerdom. First, there is the impending death of a parishioner. Not just a parishoner, but the one who basically has called the shots at the church for years. The problem is ovarian cancer, and the situation is very sad and emotionally taxing. She is now bedridden. In addition to this, today was the first day of classes. So I may at any moment have to drive 3 1/2 hours back to Alabama for a funeral. And then there are the questions of whether I should have stayed. I've been with her and her family(she is heavily medicated and is too weak to stay awake for more than a few minutes) for the past several days. I don't think there is much more I can do at this point. If I had stayed I would have been neglecting my responsibility at school. It feels like a no win situation. And there is another thing....

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

I'm a bad blogger

I just figured out that there have been comments left that i didn't know about. My apologies for not acknowledging those. I'll try to do better! And for apostle John, (a fellow Batman) I did do the sermon and got it in on time (that one will never be preached) and still got an A in the class. Even Gavin graced this page, who has blogged in past one of my favortie entries, youth minister as abbott!
I've added a couple of links. Idle musings of a bookseller is a great one for all you academic/ANE buffs. And Allan R. Bevere was one of my profs when i was at Ashland. He is an adjunct there, as well as the pastor of a Methodist church. A pastor with a Ph.D ! How cool.

Monday, January 02, 2006

The sage is back!

Sort of. After a week or so absence, which was filled with Christmas and New Year’s activities, I am here, and therefore I blog. Currently, “here” is the parents’ home, where I am having car difficulties. I have to get the car fixed so I can get back to the parsonage to take my wife’s car to the mechanic to have it fixed. In the meantime, my wife has to be in Atlanta tomorrow, so I’m still trying to figure out how to make that happen. The New Year is not so great so far. But I am not deterred:

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate;

a time for war, and a time for peace.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

In the mean time, the holiday season has been a good time for reading. I still haven’t gotten to The Jesus Creed yet, but have read others. The Idea Factory is a memoir/confessional of a guy who went through the graduate engineering program at MIT. It was kind of like Scott Turow’s One L. I also read N.T. Wright’s new book, The Last Word. The Bishop wrote another good one, this time about the authority of scripture. He also has a new book on Paul that looks interesting. Just for fun, I read John Grisham’s The Broker. Standard Grisham, not many surprises, except the absence of lawyers. I’ve also been playing around with the iPod my wife gave me for Christmas. She says I can now be like all the other cool kids with iPods at Candler. Technology is so much fun. There are a lot of other good books out there, and maybe I will be able to blog some on them.