August has been a huge month! I’ve been away from Royal North Shore Hospital doing a stint at Cumberland (mental health) over at Westmead, which has been humbling and fantastically stimulating. I hope to share some of my reflections soon, but I’m still processing a lot of it.
An added bonus of travelling out to Westmead twice a week has been what Natalie calls the ‘guilt free reading time’ of the train journey — I’ve knocked over Dave Eggers’s moving new book Zeitoun, puzzled my way through Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘story suite’ Nocturnes, and finally finished Difficult Conversations.
Natalie’s had her head down completing her first scholarship application for next year. And even though our next step probably still won’t be obvious for a while yet, it’s great to have cleared this hurdle.
Elsewhere, we’ve been following some interesting stuff:
- Chris has raised some provocative questions about perceived inadequacies in the (Sydney) evangelical approach to systematic theology.
- Andrew has launched on a series about the implications of the ‘Synoptic problem’ (in Gospels study) for our doctrine of revelation.
- Dan offers a typically deep meditation — in two parts — in response to Peter Adam’s challenge to European-Australians to repent and make restitution for our treatment of Australia’s indigenous inhabitants.
- Matt continues his series on postmodernism (which I’m planning to plunder for an upcoming seminar with some students at UNSW).
- And John gets us started on his 10 Commandments of Leadership (with Ministry, Moses-style).