Blogging is a bit hit-and-miss, for which I apologise to my faithful reader. The truth is, the older I get the busier I become.
Some of you will know that, for years now, I’ve been working on a DMin from WEST. The research and dissertation is on the evangelistic preaching of Lloyd-Jones, focussing on his long ‘Acts’ series. Sometimes it seems I’ve been working on it longer than he was preaching it!
The deadline is September 2014. But if I leave it much longer, I’ll miss it. I’ve determined that I should finish my first draft, at least, this year. That was my intention anyway; but yesterday I discovered that supervision arrangements are likely to change at the end of this year – which adds a definite ‘frisson’ to the target.
So, I’ve just begun a two-week ‘push’. Part of the problem with a piece of work this size, running alongside a demanding pastorate, is that every time I come back to it I’m in danger of having forgotten where I was. From now until my just-after-Easter break, then, I’ve determined to work on it each day, rising an hour earlier and doing at least an hour and a half each day, in addition to my (supposedly usual) Thursday study. And I’m not taking on anything else, other than my usual preaching, unless specifically asked and/or it’s urgent. It’s only two weeks; I should be able to manage that. And I think that I can make real progress in that time.
I’m not giving up blogging, I hope. But it may be brief, and intermittent. In the meantime, watch out for my two articles in ‘Banner’ magazine (first one in the May issue) on evangelistic preaching – in general, that is, not Lloyd-Jones’.