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Catching breath and assessing

J-Term has come to an end. It has been an interesting month. This past week has been an especially interesting juxtaposition of experiences. Last weekend I spent 48 hours with 20 high school students at a Winter retreat. We had some God moments, and some great fun times playing broomball and dancing. On Tuesday i found out that a woman in our church was killed by a car that ran up on the sidewalk and struck her. She leaves behind twin 7th graders, one of which is in my catechism. I met with her and the family Wednesday afternoon and then taught catechism that night. We had a moment of silent prayer. I’ve never heard that group of 150 people be so quiet.

Then yesterday I spent eight hours writing my final paper for the J-Term class. I finished just in time to have dinner and meet with the High School Leadership Team.

Tomorrow we have the funeral, the Saturday night service, and a Catechism Small Group Leader Huddle afterward.

Sunday will be the normal routine: 3 services, band practice, and youth group.

It is indeed a strange and wonderful mix in which I currently exist.

the new semester starts on Tuesday 🙂

These are the books I read this month:

Mary W. George’s The Elements of Library Research.

Charry, Ellen. By the Renewing of your Mind (Oxford).
Jones, L. Gregory, et al. The Scope of our Art (Eerdmans).
Moltmann, J. et alia, A Passion for God’s Reign (Eerdmans).
Leech, Kenneth. Spirituality and Pastoral Care (Wipf & Stock).
Marsden, George. The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship (Oxford UP)
Newbigin, L. Foolishness to the Greeks (Eerdmans).

These are the assigned readings for next semester:

Boff, Leonardo. Trinity and Society (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1988) Bosch, David. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission
(Maryknoll, New York: Orbis, 1998)
Jenson, Robert. Systematic Theology, Vol. 1. (Oxford: Oxford University, 1997) LaCugna, Catherine. God for Us: The Trinity and Christian Life (San Francisco:
Harper, 1991)
Moltmann, Jürgen. Trinity and the Kingdom of God. (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1993) Pannenberg, Wolfhart. Systematic Theology Vol. 1. (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans) Rusch, William, ed. The Trinitarian Controversy (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1980) Zizioulas, John D. Communion & Otherness: Further Studies in Personhood and
the Church (London & New York: T&T Clark, 2006)

Bevans, Stephen B. and Roger P. Schroeder. Constants in Context: A Theology of
​Mission for Today. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2004.
Iggers, George G. Historiography in the Twentieth Century: From Scientific
​Objectivity to the Postmodern Challenge, 2nd ed., Wesleyan, 2005.
Irvin, Dale T. and Scott W. Sunquist, History of the World Christian Movement.
​Orbis Books, 2001.
​Neill, Stephen. A History of Christian Missions, Penguin Books, 1964.
Tucker, Ruth and Walter Liefeld, Women and Ministry from New Testament Times
​to the Present, Zondervan, 1987.
Van Gelder, Craig ed., The Missional Church in Context: Helping Congregations
​Develop Contextual Ministry, Eerdmans, 2007.

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