It's been a while (deliberately) but it's about time to get back onto the blog I think! Perhaps it was a coincidence, but around the time that I left my first curacy (which was announced on here more than two weeks after the decision was actually taken) the blog stats took an unexpected hike which for some reason made me a little uncomfortable. So I decided to take a back seat until a bit more water had passed under the bridge - which it now has!
The last couple of months have been largely (I think) productive. As I explore options for a new curacy I have been asking God and myself what things I can do to prepare myself better for this next stage in life and ministry. Of course there is much that I will not be mentioning on here, but I have also been doing a lot of reading (including a book group with another minister and a guy who is in training for ministry), conversations, and visiting which may, in due course, get a wee mention.
For the next ten days I'm down in England for my middle brother's passing out at Sandhurst on Friday and his wedding eight days later. It is very rare for us to have all of the family together, especially as ministers and soldiers (the third son is in insurance) do not have quite the same flexibility in terms of taking time off as a Monday-to-Friday-nine-till-five type job and so it should be a good, albeit busy, time. I've bought a load of reading down with me and am storming through Adrian Warnock's excellent book on the resurrection this week and so leave you with two quotes from the chapter Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? which encouraged me as much at the second time of reading as it did this time last year when I read the book for the first time:
First, quoting N. T. Wright, "Christianity was born into a world where its central claim was known to be false. Many believed that the dead were non-existent; outside Judaism, nobody believed in resurrection." [Which means that] "The church did not create the resurrection stories; instead the resurrection stories created the church."