I haven't had much energy to put things into writing lately. I have been dealing with what can only be described as a signicant crisis in the local church to which I belong (and am an elected representative to its board of directors). These events, which revolve around core values such as integrity, truthfulness, inclusiveness and compassion, have been very stressful. I have questioned myself and others repeatedly. Perhaps I'll find the strength to provide a more straightforward explanation at a later time.
At the same time I have also been reading a wonderful new book, Brian McLaren's The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth That Could Change Everything. I'm about halfway through so I don't want to write too much about it until I'm finished. But I have to say that this is one of the most readable and accessible books on the teachings of Jesus I have ever picked up, while at the same time extremely thought provoking and inspirational. This ain't The Da Vinci Code. But if Brian McLaren were taken seriously he might help change the world.