To regular readers of this blog — thanks for your patience in waiting for new material, and I’ll be back on pace with writing very soon! In the meantime I’m pleased to say I have survived 8 weeks of intensive Greek, and passed the course, and am now preparing for the fall semester which starts in a couple short weeks. I’m very much looking forward to studying Evangelical Theology and Homiletics this semester.
I also wanted to give public thanks to the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Pittsburgh who chose me to receive a generous scholarship this year. The confirmation of my call to ministry could not have come at a better time in so many ways.
Between now and the time school starts up again I’m reviewing new music for the band and choir for the upcoming year, and am trying to catch up on some of pleasure-reading (as opposed to required reading). Here are this week’s titles:
- Just finished reading Jerry Falwell: An Unauthorized Profile by William Goodman Jr. and James Price. The book is somewhat dated (1981) but still raises important points about public ministry, honesty, and accountability in general and the book’s subject personality in particular. It confirms much of what I already suspected about Falwell and the Moral Majority movement and gives good resource quotes for future reference. That said, the authors themselves speak mostly in innuendo and don’t take the time to assert their own positions or to make constructive suggestions as to how ministries in future can avoid the sins of the late 20th century televangelists (which, unfortunately, continue to be seen in today’s mega-ministries, televised or otherwise).
- From there I moved on to Stephen Colbert’s I Am America (And So Can You) which is as funny as the TV show and reads much like it. I’m about halfway through this one — will have a quote or two to share in upcoming posts.
Blessings to all and I look forward to regular posting soon!