Well it's the end of my three-week Easter holiday (it's a hard life, I know). I've finished my last essay - hoorah! Just got my dissertation to finish off now, which I'm about half-way through - boo. Then 5 exams and it's all done. I feel a bit in limbo at the moment, I can't wait to finish, but I don't know what the next stage of the game is yet. I get strangely aloof when I'm in the middle of college work, I realise people have been speaking to me 5 minutes after they started, I forget to shave, I gibber to myself incomprehensively, that kind of thing.
Anyway, enough about me. My friend Andy White is one of the most passionate guys I know. He dreams big dreams, and pursues them. He's been faithfully serving his community week after week for longer than I can remember. He's been over at Cincinnati Vineyard for a conference and God has blessed him with a little pressie. I must ask him to introduce me to his friends.
I'm not sure if I've ever blogged about 'emerging church', we've never really owned that label here in Coventry Vineyard, but I have been inspired, and challenged (and at times frustrated) by the conversation. Anyway, perhaps inevitably, the whole thing is starting to come in for some stick from certain quarters. With the release of the third in Brian McLaren's trilogy, The Last Word, and the Word After That, and Don Carson's Becoming Conversant With Emergent the heat may be about to be turned up. Andrew Jones has posted an open blog post to Carson which I thought was quite gracious. I know Carson is a respected scholar and no doubt a busy guy, but let's see if he's really interested in becoming conversant. I'm just not sure the blogosphere is on his radar screen.
Sven must surely be one of the most prolific bloggers on my blogroll and he's consistently readable. Actually, it's quite annoying how someone can be so articulate and consistently funny and interesting. I take solace in the fact that he occasionally looks like this, and he cuts himself shaving like I do. I've been enjoying his series on the story of Jesus in Mark's gospel: Intro here, then a who's who, then part one, and part two
nuf for now