Things are still quiet around here. A case of burnout and the events of everyday life have kept me from writing terribly much of late. Still, it’s very heartening to see that even when my writing output here slows to a halt, there are plenty of people reading the blog – which now stretches back nine years! Can you believe it? Even when I’m not writing, there are always people using the resources that are already here. They are doing it right now! For this I’m grateful and encouraged. I’m also encouraged by the correspondence I continue to receive about material at the blog and podcast. I’m amazed and humbled by the wide range of people who have expressed appreciation for the material I post here.
I’m involved in various things offline, some related to my path towards ordination, some for other things (like preparing a short teaching series for “Rooftops,” a student group here in Wellington) – and of course marriage and fatherhood! Our four children are nearly all teenagers now. But there are a few blog entries in the works. In particular I started a few series that are still unfinished:
The Bible and the mind-body question. In part one I explained that a material view of human beings (as opposed to substance dualism) is a biblical view. In part two I looked at some of the few proof texts that some people use to make a case for dualism and explained how they are being misused. Part three is still on the way, in which I will look at more of the proof texts.
In “The Tongues of Men and Angels, part 1,” I started a series on the contemporary phenomenon of “speaking in tongues,” or at least on the biblical passages one which the phenomenon is thought to be based. In part one I looked at 1 Corinthians 13, and in the next part I will look at 1 Corinthians 14 and the book of Acts.
In “Free to discriminate, part 1” I looked at the controversy around religious freedom laws in the United States and the way that the way that they allegedly permit unacceptable discrimination. In part one I looked at issues of fact concerning the legislation itself and its real world consequences. In part two I intend to look at the moral question of discrimination, whether it is acceptable and whether or not (and to what extent) it should be permitted.
I’m also working on an article for Moral Apologetics on my suggestion that non-theistic ethical non-naturalism is an ad-hoc hypothesis. Stay tuned for that. Also do take a look at the other sites I write for sometimes, Afterlife and Rethinking Hell.
I’m at work on all of these things, albeit slowly, and have plans for other pieces of writing. And as I continue to consider and work towards ordination for ministry (and as those responsible continue to consider me!), I welcome your prayers for discernment. I still have (and will always have) a long way to go.