It’s been a while since I’ve offered something of substance to the blogosphere. 2013 has been a year unlike any other. With each passing season of life and ministry, I have (naively) assumed that a lull/reprieve/break existed somewhere in the near future. Sadly, that lull/reprieve/break never came. The result has been one mammoth season of life––a season without margin and rest.
Over the last month or so, I’ve tried to build a little margin into my life. I’ve said ‘no’ to some really interesting and rather delightful opportunities. Here and there, I’ve taken a day or two, gone to bed early and slept in late. While I’ve been pouring over Wesley’s journals in preparation for my next Skype session with my doctoral supervisor, I’ve supplemented that reading with lighter material––Ian Morgan Cron’s Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir. . . of Sorts and Shauna Niequist’s Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes for example. I made time to plant our garden, enjoy some good food with Crystal, and even go on a few dates.
Lest you think I’m teetering on the precipice and am perilously close of slacking off and becoming lazy, I should be clear––I haven’t slacked off. Weddings, conferences, ‘Ministry Next Think-tanks,’ pastoral visits, multiple sermons per week, and handful of Bible studies have kept me toeing the line.
Regardless, I now come to the point of this post. This bit of margin has meant refreshment. Refreshment that has resulted in a newfound creativity. My mind is a-whirl with a multitude of thoughts. So, in the coming days, look for some more posts about the inaugural Missio Alliance gathering (you can read previous posts here and here); the future of theological education; the changing tides of pastoral ministry; Wesleyan and P/C ecclesiology; my experience with the Prius v and hypermiling; and probably a number of other things.
Thanks for your patience! I look forward to corresponding with you once again via email and comments in the very near future.