a quick update:
Teaching continues on apace. Gave some midterm tests last week with some pretty good results, esp. among my Latin IIs. We’re off next week. I’m looking forward to some rest and lots of reading with no trips planned.
Speaking of reading, here’s my current list:
Mere Discipleship, Lee Camp (read this a couple of years ago, working through it a second time)
Seeking a Lasting City, Love, Foster, Harris
The Dream of Scipio, Iain Pears
“Paul’s Gospel and Caesar’s Empire,” N.T. Wright. I used Wright’s analysis of Philippians 3 to lead my Philippians class to re-think Paul’s words on suffering and citizenship in that chapter. I just purchased Wright’s Paul: In Fresh Perspective, which contains more on what he calls Paul’s “counter-imperialist theology.”
Lastly, I got comments back on my 1st chapter, intro and conclusion last week. It appears that I have a bit of work to do on the first chapter itself. I think that a decent amount of effort over the next week should finish that up though.
Finally, we were driving back home on Sunday from a quick trip to AL over the weekend, listening to Weekend Edition on NPR and heard a wonderful little piece on Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis.” The commentator was at pains to show how the composer’s ideas about spirituality affected two of his most substantive works: the “Missa” and the Symphony No. 9.
Anyway, listen to the piece and, then, for my CofC readers, ask yourselves: why is the Ode to Joy in our hymnals?