Saturday, July 31, 2010

Book 14 of 2010

Technically this is a re-read (I first read it about 20 years ago).  Tomorrow I am preaching on priorities and using Ecclesiastes for one of the reference points.  SInce I knew Kushner uses Qoheleth's life (as described in Ecclesiastes) as the basis for this book I thought it was a good week to refresh my memory.

I like Kushner's writing.  In fact when I wrote a paper on Ecclesiastes in first-year of seminary I had to include this book as a reference in addition to the articles that the prof had assigned.  Largely because I found it more readable and because I always like to have a Jewish POV on a book from Jewish scripture.

Monday, July 26, 2010

New Blog

Over the last few years I have grown accustomed to posting early sermon thoughts on Monday or Tuesday via the church blog.

But I am not at that church any longer and the new church has a full webpage with no need for a blog aas a communication vehicle.  Still I found those early in the week posts very helpful for getting my sermon thoughts congealing.  So there was really one thing to do.

Create a New Blog!  You can find it here

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Book 13 of 2010

It has been awhile since #12.  Apparently reading time has been a bit more limited recently (what a surprise with a newborn and preparing to move....).

Anyway, as time to travel drew near I realized I wanted something less heavy to read (the next on my pile was A Secular Age and I knew that wasn't light travel reading) so I went to the bookstore and this one caught my eye.

If you like historical mystery fiction imbued with legends of the mystical/religious sort it is good.  It wasn't exactly a page-turner until the second half/last third.  But it was interesting to see how the past and present ended up being tied together.  A good read.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Getting Closer.....

12 days ago I drove to CIty-on the-Lake to put the dog in the kennel.  Whilst I made that trip (5 hours round) the movers arrived and started packing the rest of the house.  The next day they finished.  The next we left town  (9 years to the day--almost to the hour--after I arrived) to spend one final evening with my in-laws before heading West.

Next day, new month, new adventure.  4 days on the highway with a over anxious dog in the car, caravanning with our van and my parents' car, brought us to the parental abode (which is good since at this point we were technically homeless).  A 2 day pause, then North to the New Home.  2555 km from City-on-the-Lake we arrived.

Today the movers came.  And now we live in a forest of boxes. But a new beginning is in the air.  Or maybe that is just the smell of cardboard and newsprint.

BONUS:  This afternoon the Princess asked mom for a drink and mom offered grape juice "just like we have at church" (technically it was cran-grape but the child didn't need to know that).  Princess took a big drink than mom asked if it was good. "Great, now I just need some bread to dip in it!"

Ah church kids.....