So, what have I been doing that has me concerned that I only have 3 1/2 weeks left? I've been doing background research for my thesis. If I were waiting for Christmas, I would think that 3 1/2 weeks was an age, but now, I'm concerned that it will be here before I know it.
Of course, "doing background research" sounds very academic, but all it really is is reading a bunch of books so that I have an idea of what's out there. I've been really lucky because the local college libraries has 1/2 of the books on my reading list, so I've been able to read them for free.
You may be wondering what my topic is, and that's a good question. I've been trying to figure out a way to express it succinctly. Let's give it a shot ... Effectively Expressing the Christian Message to a Secular Humanist Society in a Postmodern World. It's a little more narrow than that, but it's a good start. It's about meeting people where they are, rather than trying to force them to change everything about how they see the world and what makes sense to them.
It might interest you to know that it is the conversations that I've had with many people in cyber-space that inspired me in my topic choice. These would include people both inside the church, like Dr. John, and many outside the church, who have been hurt many times by people claiming to speak for the church.
My summer reading list has been very interesting and intriguing including topics like Shamanism and the scientific explosion during the Romantic Age (late 18th/early 19th centuries). It ranges from devout Christian authors that were murdered by the Nazis to the most ardent atheists and everything in between. I'm so excited to work on this paper!
But the work on the thesis and the church have not even been the most time consuming things this summer. To find out about that, tune in tomorrow. I wonder who else will turn up by then. :)