it has been almost two months since my last post. some of you might be wondering where the hell i’ve been. let me tell you, so am i.
i have had essentially five classes this quarter, all theology, and have thus dropped off the map for a bit. particularly the last two-three weeks i have been somewhat of a phantom. today, i am allowing myself a semi-sabbath. i have been powering through 30 pages worth of papers before finals next week, and I’m on my last one that’s due monday. it’s time for a mental health break.
this semi-sabbath is also needed for another reason. there is a particular opportunity that has been presented to me that is a pretty big deal. i will refrain from sharing the details just yet, as there are still many to be worked out and i haven’t actually committed to it. let’s just say it would be a giant leap out of my comfort zone, and the opportunity to practice a lot of what i preach. in the next few days i will be doing a lot of praying and reflecting on this choice.
to give you an idea of some of the things that have been on my mind this quarter, here is a summation of my activities and books read:
– With Justice For All, John Perkins
– Good News and Good Works, Ronald J. Sider
– visiting with Chris Hoke and Tierra Nueva ministries in Burlington WA
– a paper articulating my philosophy of ministry (which might end up posted on here)
– books of the Bible read (not necessarily every verse, but large chunks): Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Chronicles, 1 and 2 Kings, Joshua, Judges, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Amos, Psalms, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Revelation.
– The Prophetic Imagination, Walter Brueggemann
– The Dangerous Act of Worship, Mark Labberton
– visited a Buddhist meditation center
– paper comparing and contrasting the theology of God in Christianity and Islam
– exegesis of Isaiah 58, and corresponding paper about the relationship between worship and justice/ministry
– celebrated the jewish feasts of passover, sukkoth, purim, hanukkah, sabbath, yom kippur, shavuoth, and rosh hashanah.
as you can see, it has been a busy quarter. and that’s just school. i’m looking forward to moving on from this quarter, going to haiti in about a month, and summer vacation.