Ok, so I suppose it is sacrilege to take Jesus' last spoken word from the cross (according to John and probably translated in Greek from the original Aramaic - or was it???) and apply it to my preparations for Spring harvest but tough, I've done it.
My study floor is littered with used up commentaries, folders of photocopied orders, books I am going to take with me, dvds for clips and even the odd pile of work I still haven't completed. But the CDs are copied with all the presentations on them, the scripts are printed, the powerpoint slides printed off. The conversations have been had and the last minute arrangements made. So tomorrow I am taking a day off and going shopping, and going to see a man about a dog (no, honest, I am!!! - we're exploring getting a Westie...a little puppy!!!) and spending time with the family...I need to see them more.
The sun is shining here at Cliff. It's been an amazing week for me doing all this prep and pouring over Daniel and his friends. Doing the post-christendom thing alongside that has made me really begin to think again about quite a few issues in quite a deep way. I am not sure I hack all this post-christendom thing anyway. I mean it gets very close to either some non-mainstream Christians crowing about the demise of mainstream Christianity, or a major misreading of God's global plans for Christianity. Compared to the rise of the church in the two-thirds world, what does it matter if western christianity crumbles...is it that precious? Do any of us want to see it saved? Isn't there a much better alternative anyway in the real forms of faith and expression that are popping up all over the place (like Frost and Hirsch's emergent virus)? So what, if we're not going to be the majority - when were we - not for the last hundred years or more I would say. Having only 10% of the population acknowledging Christ as Lord is exactly where Christendom started from - that's what they reckon was the proportion of people who were Christians in the Roman Empire at the time of Constantine. I mean, Christendom didn't start from a place of security but from a place of weakness. I reckon post-christendom is going to be a really exciting time to be around! Bring it on! Although, what about the States - it is so different over there - it is Christendom reincarnated at the moment, surely. Isn't Bush the new Constantine - military might and capitalist morality thrown in with it? Is that post-Christendom - isn't this actually a European issue rather than a Western or Northern issue?
It's been good to be chatting with Brian over the last few days - I met Brian at ISBL in Groningen and he took this pic of me and some mate enjoying the air (!). Fond memories of last summer - was it so long ago???
Better go. I won't be blogging now until after Spring Harvest sometime in early April and then it will be all guns blazing to get the manuscript to the publishers...what fun.
Have a great Easter - lots of chocolate, even more lashings of grace. Grace everywhere, Grace over you, grace around you, grace beside you, grace before you, grace where you are going and grace where you have been, grace bursting like flowers in your footsteps, grace filling their air with the sweet aroma of Christ.