* Scotland, week 2
* being an Associate Pastor when your Senior Pastor has gone away for good
* wondering about models of ministry and the personality of pastors, and how those come out in an interview process (or don't)
* something about religious education and the idea that faith is "forced down our throats"
* books books books. I've read a few that I haven't had time to post about.
Unfortunately, dot number 2 is keeping me sort of pre-occupied. Things that are stopping me from blogging in a coherent way this week:
* the first of at least four weeks in a row preaching, which I've never done before (exciting!)
* talking with potential interim candidates
* catching up with my intern--she has only two weeks left!
* the bible in 90 Days, which is now in the New Testament. Once we get out of the gospels (so, in about five more days) I am going to need to spend even more time on this because my dislike of Paul makes me a) not want to keep reading, b) not want to teach the class, and c) need to do more prep in order to write about/teach about the material.
* a memorial service this weekend that is going to be very difficult
* frustration about communication (or lack thereof? If a person doesn't take in what I communicate to them, does that mean we have a communication breakdown? Os this in some way something I can fix? Not sure yet.)
* planning the youth ministry kick off (in less than two weeks!)
* Team Night and the following called session meeting for examining new Deacons
* getting ready for fall in WEAVE (adult education/fellowship), plotting with admin and choir directors RE fall plans, etc etc etc...
* plus all the usual stuff that happens every week (worship planning, bible studies, meetings, etc...)
So--I'll blog as soon as I can. And it will be brilliant, I swear. :-) In the meantime, you can join my NT blogging misery over at the church blog, you can send me happy preaching vibes, and you can discuss the following question:
Does playing Scrabble on facebook need to be as painful as it has become with the loss of Scrabulous to Hasbro and their inept coding team?