Since I haven't been posting as much as I used to, I thought a brief update might be in order.
I'm enjoying the second day of my vacation/sabbatical and am already hard at work on my next project--a book on the two kingdoms. I'll have more info about it as the project moves forward, but I've been working on it for some time and hope to make significant progress over the next nine weeks.
My study time will be interrupted by a trip to the URCNA synod (in New London, Ontario), a week in Mammoth Lakes with a bunch of friends from church, as well as a number of weekend forays to places my wife and I enjoy visiting.
I should also tell you, it has been a long and difficult year at Christ Reformed. We've been without an associate pastor since Thanksgiving, and we've had a number of difficult ministry issues arise (such as a Megan's law offender worshiping with us) which have demanded much time and energy. I'm not one to "take time off" when I am on vacation/sabbatical, because I actually enjoy writing and being able to concentrate on one task. Not having to continually multi-task is relaxing! A good cigar or two is also nice on break.
But I will take the time to watch a host of DVD's people have recommended, I will attempt to plow through a stack of books (most of which are related to my current project), as well as spend time with my sons before they return to grad school and college respectively.
I also am looking forward to one of my favorite aspects of my summer break--sitting in the pew with my family and hearing the word of God preached. Our assistant pastor (Rev. Andrew Compton) is a very good preacher and we've got several promising seminarians getting a chance to preach this summer as well. I'm very much looking forward to it.
So, I'll be around, but won't be taking questions or phone calls, and I'll post once in a while as I am able. I hope to have a productive summer, and I hope you enjoy yours as well.