As I mentioned, George Verwer brought loads of books this morning; a bunch of us helped his assistant lug the books around and set them up on tables. After picking up a load of books and placing them on the table, I found I couldn't walk any more. Oops.
George Verwer from OM came to talk to college today, to lead the Wednesday worship and the annual Easneye lecture. It's said of George that he has seven sermons, and six of them are about sex, and we heard one of the six this morning. It was good, challenging and honest stuff.
It's been a busy couple of days and I want to brain-dump before I forget it all.
We went to the V&A yesterday to have a look around their scultures, 20th century art, Japanese collections, huge plaster casts and, of course, Saint John's Bible exhibition, which made me go weak at the knees. The thing is astonishingly beautiful. They only had a few pages from the Prophets volume on display, and were selling the Psalms volume, but I was a good boy and displayed restraint.
Term ends in three weeks, and I have no plans for anywhere to stay or to work. I can probably get some work from my usual source, but equally probably not enough to cover my final term's fees and pay off the outstanding amount to college. So I'm on the lookout for bits and pieces of contracting to do to fill out the month's holiday. Anyone got any tip-offs for me?
So at the end of this Cambridge retreat weekend - which was great fun, although manning the Powerpoint and projector the whole time got a bit boring - we all went to a local church.
So this week is called "Integrated Study Week", because we have a change from the usual programme and the first and second years study a book from the Bible all week. We did all this last year, so it's been nominally a week off for us; on the other hand, I had a Hebrew exam yesterday so I spent the week studying for that.
Well, today I went down to mission agency HQ, and while I was there, filed my application papers for consideration as a full-time worker. I’d been agonizing over the application form for a few weeks - first because I just don’t like application forms, and then because I had to bite my lip a few times to stop myself from being deliberately controversial, but they’re in now. I have no idea what they’re going to think of me. It’s in the hands of the gods - or at least the candidate directors… Read more about Papers are in...
Well, actually, OK, term started yesterday. But today I had my first class of term - Greek, with Chris giving us a theological reflection: basically this means picking out three or four concepts from the Greek of a passage and commenting on how this can inform us theologically; so, for instance, today one of the themes was "metanoia", repentance, and we looked at how the word was used in the Septuagint, in other Greek texts, and what that tells us about Mark 1. I'm up next week looking at Mark 6.