The gap between posts is widening. I know. My most recent excuse is the emergency my son faces. His book project of 110,000 words has been struck by misfortune. When he signed the contract he had the prospect of a 6 month sabbatical from his U.S. University, Sadly, the university has removed sabbatical privileges for all faculty while, at the same time, firing many faculty and staff as the institution has lurched into decline. Pleading for two extensions until May 2023, he has exhausted his publisher's patience. So, only 4 months remain in which to complete the manuscript.
Twenty-five years ago I would only have been able to wring my hands in sympathy, However, when I joined Northern Seminary in 2000, my Seminary President informed me that the institution expected me to write a textbook on preaching that would be widely used The writing/re-writing process over the next two years scarred me and left me battle hardened. So, instead of hand-wringing, out of this hard-won experience I have committed myself to share the writing task. My son came over from the US just under two weeks ago and we disciplined each day for work on the book. And it took some discipline!
My daily habits of doing the crossword, napping, reading are suspended. My blog posts are suffering too, as is Carol. I have just shared a zoom session with him as we slowly move on. Will we be successful? The jury is out. Hopefully, I shall keep some blog presence.