Several of you have asked about my health and my summer sabbatical, so here's a quick update.
Two weeks ago, I was cleared by the Drs. to return to normal duties (I have), and I feel great. I did have cancer--you know the kind you get if you don't go to the doctor, if you don't have your colonoscopy at age 50, and if you don't have the polyps removed before they turn nasty?
But the prognosis is very good--no sign of any spread, no chemo required. I'll not make that mistake again, and will monitor things closely from now on. Thank you so much for the prayers and well-wishes. They were greatly appreciated and evidently, quite effectual. God has blessed me with good health (so far) and a strong constitution, so it was a good thing for me to deal with a serious illness and my own mortality. Such things change you in deep and profound ways, and for that, I am very thankful! Psalm 116 has a new depth of meaning to me.
As for writing projects, I have completed the draft of my commentary on 1 Corinthians (it is undergoing final edits). You can check it out here: Lectio Continua. It should be released early in 2013. I'll keep you posted.
I've been working on another project for the last month (I can't tell you about it yet, but will when I get publication info from the publisher). I'll keep you posted about this as well. I'm pretty excited about it.
Getting these two projects wrapped up should clear the deck so I can finally finish up my two kingdoms book (which is about 2/3's complete).
When I return to my duties at Christ Reformed in mid-August, I'll begin a new series on the Gospel of John.
The picture of me and Micki was taken at a wedding in May.