…for Minnesota sports fans. The Twins caved in memorable fashion, the Gophers choked, and the Vikes squeezed by the Texans in OT after leading 21-0. Ugly all around.
In happier news, the NYWC in Dallas was great — lots of time catching up with friends, meeting new ones etc. One of the new ones is Mike Pilavachi with whom I had a scintillating conversation one night. Mike, Marko, and I all bemoaned the tendency that human beings seem to have to firmly establish themselves in ideological camps on the left and the right (theological, political, and otherwise). Mike, a self-described charismatic Anglican Christian, cannot imagine having a theology that values the charisms without those charisms driving one to real-life social action on behalf of the oppressed. The otherwordly focus of most American Pentecostals and charismatics he finds quite baffling. He is clearly a friend of emergent.
My seminar on youth ministry in the emerging church went quite well, I thought, but the seminar on pop culture seemed to get bogged down in the middle. I’m going to have to rework it for Atlanta.
Got home tonight around 7:30, having been gone for 11 days, and hugged and kissed everyone till they all fell asleep. Now I’m going to sleep, too. Good night.