Tuesday, September 09, 2008

sabbatical update 2

Monday morning update (on tuesday)

the weekend that was: We went to the local sporting religion – a “footy” final. Quite a cross-cultural experience – much more of a family feel than rugby matches in New Zealand. Then had a lovely Sunday – breakfast in bed for fathers day, a walk and a beach play. I found it hard not to get resentful of all the other fathers days that the church has claimed from me and my kids.

where i am at the moment: Parkin-Wesley, staring at a computer screen.

on my to-do list this week: another day in the classroom, day 2 of my missional church leadership course. meeting with the head honcho of the Uniting church to talk about the two Bible studies I am doing for their state-wide gathering beginning of November. then on Friday doing a 2 hour post-graduate seminar at Tabor College.

procrastinating about: a ruthless re-write of a section of the missional church leader book. i have wondered if there is a biblical section needed, pulling together some of my Opawa sermons over the last years. That has ballooned to about 12,000 words over the last week, but it needs a ruthless edit to change speaking words to writing words.

book i’m in the midst of: James. It has arrested me, and it taunts me.

music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: Paul Kelly, from little things big things grow.

next trip: we are planning to head down south this week, hoping to connect with old-school friends in a little fishing village called Robe.

how i’m feeling about this week: inadequate. on friday i sent off a chapter and revised table of contents to the publisher, with the change of direction (more biblical content as noted above). but there is so many books out there, and so many sermons spoken in churches every week, and what can I, a little Kiwi, offer to the global world of mass-produced words.

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