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    Some of us have had some levels of contact through assorted social media venues since the site went down last year. But that isn't true for all of us. And some of us (*raises hand*) had been out of touch since plenty before that. So it seems like it wouldn't be an awful idea to have a thread where we just share what's been going on in our lives over the course of the past year.

    Well, for myself, one major thing is that I'm a lot closer to earning my MDiv: after my current class, I've got one last philosophy of religion class, which I'll be taking online from home. Shouldn't be much of a challenge, which will give me time to do more reading on my own in other subjects in the meantime.

    God willing, I'll begin pastoring a church sometime this year - I submitted the first half of the paperwork a few days ago, and I just need to wrap up my licensure application.

    During last summer, I went with a missions team to Kenya for a few weeks. It was life-changing. I preached through a translator at a church in the slums of Nairobi to a gathering of Kenyan pastors; I shared my testimony with a church of Maasai believers on the savannah; I had a very personal encounter with a baboon; I talked with other Kenyan pastors about the challenges of ministry and the needs of the Kenyan church; and I spent several days in an isolated village visiting believers in their homes and teaching orphaned children. I rose every morning to pray under a banana tree, and it was a wonderful place to meet with God before the activities of the day began.

    I've had a number of other fascinating opportunities, such as listening to excellent preachers, eating lunch with atheist philosopher of science Michael Ruse, and meeting C. S. Lewis' stepson.

    I'm still keeping up my reading as best as I can, though the subject matter is a bit more inclusive of the practical and the devotional these days. Marginally. Got through 90 books in 2013, and there were a lot of quite edifying ones in there.

    I've continued the discipline of keeping a detailed daily journal, which I started in February 2012. Still a number of blanks to fill in, but it's running to 2643 pages at the moment.

    All in all, I'm trying to pursue a more balanced life. I'd like to think that, compared with who I was last year at this time, I'm more devout, more integrated between heart and mind, more prayerful, more patient, more gentle, and more loving. Not that that's necessarily saying much, given the point of reference for the comparison, but it's something.

    How about you? What's been going on in your lives?
    "The Jesus Christ who saves sinners is the same Christ who beckons his followers to serious use of their minds for serious explorations of the world." - Mark Noll

    "It cannot be that the people should grow in grace unless they give themselves to reading." - John Wesley

    "Wherever men are still theological, there is still some chance of their being logical." - G. K. Chesterton

  • #2
    Originally posted by JB DoulosChristou View Post
    I had a very personal encounter with a baboon
    define "very personal"
    "As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths." Isaiah 3:12

    There is no such thing as innocence, only degrees of guilt.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Darth Executor View Post
      define "very personal"
      the kind that involves the baboon landing in JB's lap.
      I am Punkinhead.

      "I have missed you, Oh Grand High Priestess of the Order of the Stirring Pot"

      ~ Cow Poke aka CP aka Creacher aka ke7ejx's apprentice....

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Darth Executor View Post
        define "very personal"
        Closer than I would ever like to get again. Unless I'm armed.
        "The Jesus Christ who saves sinners is the same Christ who beckons his followers to serious use of their minds for serious explorations of the world." - Mark Noll

        "It cannot be that the people should grow in grace unless they give themselves to reading." - John Wesley

        "Wherever men are still theological, there is still some chance of their being logical." - G. K. Chesterton

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        • #5
          To be honest, this is how I've been lately:

          That's what
          - She

          Without a clear-cut definition of sin, morality becomes a mere argument over the best way to train animals
          - Manya the Holy Szin (The Quintara Marathon)

          I may not be as old as dirt, but me and dirt are starting to have an awful lot in common
          Stephen R. Donaldson

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          • #6
            Bill
            "The Jesus Christ who saves sinners is the same Christ who beckons his followers to serious use of their minds for serious explorations of the world." - Mark Noll

            "It cannot be that the people should grow in grace unless they give themselves to reading." - John Wesley

            "Wherever men are still theological, there is still some chance of their being logical." - G. K. Chesterton

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