Tuesday, June 12, 2012
It has been almost two and a half years since my last post. I just didn't have anything to say and didn't think it mattered much anyway. But, things have changed. Once again, my family finds itself in the midst of a move and I find myself with more books to move than the last time. The total number is now around 14,000 which seems crazy even to me, but as a lover of books I cannot decide which ones to get rid of, which ones to store, which ones to put on shelves. I guess that decision will determined at least in part by what I decide I want to read over the next few months. Which brings me to the point of the post. For years I have considered myself a fan of Karl Barth, the great theologian, although I had read very little of his published works. Well, that is going to change. I have made the monumental decision to begin reading Barth's multi-volume Church Dogmatics. I was fortunate to purchase the new edition (all 14 volumes) from Christian Book Distributers. This is a daunting task made even more difficult by the fact that I have just begun my new job at a new congregation. My last reading commitment had been to try to get through all of Hemingway's works, but I failed to reach that goal, at least not yet. Hopefully, I will work hard at both Barth and Hemingway. I also hope to begin posting more regularly to the blog in light of the upcoming election. There continues to be so much division in our country over the "Christian" position on politics. I am not sure that one can say that either candidate or party could be referred to as the Christian choice. There is so much to consider when one thinks about who to vote for. Both candidates stand for things that I think are important but neither stands for everything that I believe in. So, like many other people, I will have to think and pray about what to do. Hopefully, thinking out loud on this blog will help in that endeavor.