It’s been an exciting week.
Classes are going well. I’m especially enjoying my NT class and OT World. Hebrew is proceeding nicely — I just can’t stand the text that we are studying from.
I mosied (moseyed; sp?) over to the music department at Lipscomb on Wednesday to discuss courses in voice, piano and the history of church music. I met one faculty member (it’s an awfully small department, but they do seem to be doing their best with what they’ve been given) and had a delightful conversation about the state of church music in Churches of Christ. Lipscomb has recently started offering an interdisciplinary worship ministry degree (between the Bible and music departments). It is being aimed specifically, though, at the urban, contemporary market. Little attention seems to be going in any other direction.
Lunch at the Alektor Cafe on Tuesday introduced me to a divinity school student at Vanderbilt — former CofC, now Episcopalian. We talked about congos in town and about what she calls “Anglican Churches of Christ.” H. and I visited one on Wednesday night. Fascinating. The minister has been preaching from the lectionary for about 15 years now.
I’ve finally found (although it may be temporary) a part-time job. I’m doing clerical-type work in the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb. As best I can tell, this is new at Lipscomb and appears to have been imported from Pepperdine by the new president. This is another one of those moments where I’ve stopped to observe that this really isn’t my grandparent’s Church of Christ.
Well, that’s all for now. How is everyone out there?