Well, in the home stretch anyway. And maybe this time I’ll stay home for a couple of weeks. Maybe…
I’ve just spent most of the week at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures, ran around Southern California with a few friends (Sam and Pat Peck, and Jerry Hines), and picked up some very good spiritual renewal. And over the next week or two, I might even share some of that here. Highlights from my week:
- Being reminded of the need and methods for solitude and sabbath
- Learning a bit about why atheists are angry
- Bought a new book (just one) on meditational reading of Revelation.
- Singing praise to God, and for the first time being able to raise my hands to him in praise (while singing, with other people watching)
- Hearing well-known, intellectual people talk, and understanding them (because they haven’t let their education get in the way of plain talk) – Rubel Shelley is a fantastic speaker
- Walking. LOTS of walking up and down hills and stairs – which is hardly painless at all when you are looking out over the Pacific Ocean from the cliffs of Malibu.
- Sharing a shuttle ride to the airport with a like-minded health and safety nerd who is also a Christian. I’m not really a talker, but when the only other person around knows something about the only two subjects I can talk intelligently about, well…what else am I gonna do?
- Did I mention solitude and sabbath? I’ll write more later, but if you want all the details, pick up a book by Gary Holloway and Earl Lavender called “Living God’s Love: An Invitation to Christian Spirituality.” This is one of about 3 books I’d recommend reading other than the Bible (on biblical topics, that is). $2.00 on Amazon. What have you got to lose??