I am still alive. Although taking five courses this autumn is just about sorting that out! I thought I would do it easily since I am pretty used to teaching now and have most of the materials to hand. But the constant round of lectures is just bewildering. I am running a new course on New Testament Theology which is really exciting - focussing on a dialectic model fusing Esler and Marshall (if you would believe they could be fused) along with some other stuff form a postmodern perspective. I'm enjoying it - I hope the students are. The other units on John and Intro to the NT seem to going fine - although you get seepage from one lecture into the next - what I have been talking about in NT Theology seeps into the Intro and the Greek classes exploration in Romans seeps into the John lectures and so on...I have to be so careful that it doesn't all end up in one huge seething mass of mashed new testament!
We're going away for a few days - to Prague for a conference. A bit concerned for the kids who we are leaving behind in the very capable hands of our neighbours the Firths. But it's still daunting. I don't do conference glad-handing very well. I am not an extrovert and find myself wanting to scream and run when faced with a room of people I don't know. I can act of course - if I'm there as a speaker, I put on my speaker face and character and get on with it...but as Pete, I am feeling a bit more vulnerable. It will be good to have Theresa there.
Been listening to Brian McClaren's podcasts on my new Ipod Nano (its sooo gorgeous!). I love his description of emerging church as mission integral - mission without the bits taken out (using a link to the spanish for wholemeal (integral) bread! His approach to the New Testament as a missional document is much in line with what I was lecturing to the Postgrads earlier this month - I thought he might have had a look at my lecture notes. But he hasn't, of course! But I felt a bit strange thinking the same thoughts as such an emerging church guru. Evidently the concept is not as new as it seems to me - or perhaps the Holy Spirit on onto both of us and pushing us in the same direction - scarier thought.
Of course, the issue is the books are burning away in my brain. I want to write them. I want to get things out there. But five courses and all the admin just means no time to sit and write - and when I do get time, I am so brain dead I can't think good thoughts. It is not good to be working a 60 hour week every week. Stop moaning, Phillips!
Praise God, I got the proofs for the thesis book off to the publisher this week. They are only a couple of weeks late. This should mean that "The Prologue of John: A Sequential Reading" should be in the shops come February. Start saving!!!
Anyway, off to Prague. I will try and be more informative after I get back.