You know that day after vacation that you spend simply catching up on your real life? That's my day today. Funny how I've been on the computer all morning and yet our trunk is still full of luggage. The observant among you will note that, yes, I've prioritized a blog update above unpacking the car. Its also a morning for taking it easy. This home-brewed coffee is tasting very good right now.
I feel like there is a lot to write about. But there is also a lot to do. I have been thinking about commenting about some of the books I've been reading, including Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the incredibly Life of Pi by Yann Martel, and Slavoj Zizek's Welcome to the Desert of the Real (thanks Amy, I guess I should mail that back to you). I'd also love to comment on my denomination's total failure to do the right thing at its last General Assembly (but maybe that comment is as far as I should take it in this venue). So hopefully those posts will be coming soon. We'll see. I'm also embroiled in an atheist's dialogue on another blog so maybe that will slow down my posts. Thanks for reading, anyway.
On a personal note, a couple exciting bits of information in my inbox while away:
Turns out I've been accepted to present a 15 minute version of my thesis at the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association's Conference in Niagara Falls in October. Pray the twins are not born while I'm gone! I'm not kidding.
Also, I came third in a student writing contest for Ministry Magazine (the prize is US$300), so some time in the future you'll see me linking to my article, “A Theological Approach to Pastoral Leadership Today”, in their International Journal for Pastors. I had submitted three entries, and I'm (pleasantly) surprised they took this one because I come down pretty hard on most pastoral leadership gurus today (see my previous "Valedictory Address" post for the gist of it).
And finally, I will also be teaching a one-week module at Nipawin Bible College in January (pray the twins are born before then! Okay, now I'm kidding). The class is Theology II: Humanity, Sin, and Salvation. The previous prof used a fairly systematic book by Millard Erickson as the text. I'm wanting to be a little more wholistic and postmodern in my approach. Any suggestions? What is the best introduction to the theology of humanity and redemption that you have read?
So that's the latest. I better get unpacking that trunk now.
By the way, am I supposed to take this recent flurry of sholarly opportunities as affirmation in that career direction? Especially in light of my dismay with my denomination and the types of pastoral jobs that are out there? You don't have to answer that.