Dear readers...
 

It's Saturday night here, and I am banging away on a 3D design project for the intro to my first product...

I have been working day and night for past two months, trying to get my first product developed, and consequently I have not been able to do any work on the Tank questions, series, or even answer any emails in weeks. I anticipate having the first product (a five-hour video seminar for senior IT executives) ready by mid-march. I will be making tiny updates and postings for the next few months, but once the first 2-3 products are selling, I can slow the pace down in developing the remaining 5-6, allowing me to dig back into the many projects I am behind on (Lord willing).

Although I didn't get any volunteers to help me with my technical questions, many of you encouraged me with your prayer support, and so I learned the material within the time frame needed. Thanks. I still make many mistakes, but God seems to be blessing the effort...

I also start back the PBC series on the Death of Christ in late March, and I have to prepare the syllabi for that several month series--"A busy time was had by all...(or at least by Glenn)"...

One item especially for students and university personnel: I just started reading the new IVP book entitled "Professors Who Believe" (inspired by the earlier work Philosophers Who Believe)--it is very sweet, encouraging, and challenging. Professors from all fields write their spiritual autobiographies, and as may be guessed on the basis of God's love for variety(!), they represent a wide variety of backgrounds, denominational affiliation, "mystical propensities", and fields of specialization.

Also, I might mention another outstanding new book, of interest to those dealing with issues of NT authorship and introduction. The Gospels for All Christians: Rethinking the Gospel Audiences (NT:GAC), edited by Richard Bauckham, makes a very, very good case against the notions of "Matthean" and "Johannine" communities as meaningful, accurate, or relevant. That the gospel authors intended their gospels (and wrote them so) for the entire church seems to be supported quite well by the data and arguments advanced by these scholars. [He also notes the growing consensus in favor of the gospels as bioi.] There is a good survey of what one writer calls the "Holy Internet"--the various communication pathways through the Roman Empire of the day.

After all these years, I am finally going to have to go back into the issue of theological method...I have become increasingly concerned over the "trouble" that Greek notions of God in the second century AD got us into...the basal Biblical paradigm of God as a passionate and constantly active Person/Spirit somehow seemed misplaced (or certainly de-emphasized!) in favor of a strangely remote, unaffected, and unrelated 'divine substance'...our daily experience of God often seems so different from what "it should be theologically"...there are so many things bubbling through my heart and head right now, big issues for me, postponed for so many years...

I know I am not very good at being responsive to emails and requests for help, but I am so limited in terms of time and focus. My focus is on the 'really hard questions'--be they historical, theological, philosophical, or "other". I get questions about billions and billions of other topics (esp. requests for counseling advice!), but I generally don't have a clue about anything other than the one or two areas I work in...I wish I could help more, but I am only just me, and I never have the time to research these kinds of things out (you know how long it takes me to answer even the 'simple' ones!).

I am struggling for balance in juggling these responsibilities (on top of my day to day responsibilities, of course), and have to make difficult allocation decisions several times a day (aauugghh!)...

Anyway, I didn't want you folks to worry about me, due to the (probable) infrequency of updates over the next few months... (But, hint-hint, praying for me to get my stuff done would probably expedite matters...)

Trusting His day-to-day guidance and encouragement,

Glenn Miller, Feb 08/099


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