Well, the kids are now back in school, thus officially ending 'summer' for me. It was a great summer on which I hope to do some more reflecting...the Newbigin consultation & Blah tours on the EC front, andplay in England and Big Bear, CA with good friends and family. The home front included lots of play with the kids and coordinating our kitchen remodel.
Of course, the best part of the Newbigin consultation and blah were making some new relationships and developing others further. I learn so much from these people.
Coming up for me this fall? I'm writing a 21st century 'take' on Donald McGavran's contribution. I'm doing this because I need to get my head around this guy, as I'm teaching through his material in Church Growth in October. I'm developing a class on ecclesiology with Doug Pagitt to be taught at Fuller next spring. I'm writing an article with J. Shawn Landres on the similarities between "Emergent Synagogues" and Emerging Churches. Finally I'm teaching a class on Transforming Contemporary Cultures. I taught this class last year, but I'm changing the material to emphasize the role of media. Over the summer, I've been influenced by British Cultural Studies, so this class will reflect that change. Finally, I'm supposed to be writing book 2 -- tentatively on Jesus and culture, but, er, um, having a bit of trouble getting to it...Publish or perish is more of a guideline than a rule, right? :)
This post signifies my jumping back into a regular posting schedule -- at least weekly, if not more. As I'm reflecting on the summer or jumping into these new projects, I'll share some of my reflections. Cheers!
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