Same As It Ever Was

Same As It Ever Was September 2, 2014
Me, contemplating a return to the Internet. (photo by Courtney Perry)

So, I took 6 weeks off of the Internet, and I feel fine. Didn’t miss it all that much. In case you’re curious, here’s what I did:

1) Finished the second draft of my manuscript, Did God Kill Jesus? and sent it off to the publisher. Haven’t heard back yet, but I’m hoping they consider it an improvement. I do. Most days over the past six week, I wrote 6-8 hours per day. More on the book tomorrow.

2) Harvested bushels of produce from our garden.

3) Canned much of that produce. Final count: 12 jars beans, 6 jars beets, 12 jars pickles, 12 jars relish, 4 jars onions, 2 jars tomatoes, 6 loaves zucchini bread. The tomatoes are still coming. And 4 heads of cabbage are (hopefully) becoming sauerkraut in the basement.

4) Got an infected thumb. Went to urgent care.

5) Got an infected eye. Went to the eye doctor.

6) Got a vasectomy.

7) Blew out my back. Had to crawl through the garage for Courtney to take me to the doctor. Spent a couple days in a wheelchair. Still in physical therapy.

8) Went to TexSom, the annual wine conference that Courtney shoots. Drank wine. Ate amazing food.

9) Took the kids to the Minnesota State Fair, the best state fair of all state fairs.

10) Spent extended time at our family cabin in north central Minnesota. The best place on earth.

11) Built a duck blind with my brother.

12) Prepared syllabi for a fall course at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and a new D.Min. cohort at Fuller Theological Seminary.

13) Read some books.

14) Wrote a chapter for a forthcoming book on youth ministry.

15) Performed a wedding in North Carolina for a friend/student in my current D.Min. cohort.

16) Finished coaching another baseball season, with a solid .500 record and a great group of 14- and 15-year-old boys.

17) Got terminated from my job at sparkhouse (a division of Augsburg/Fortress).

18) Five days later, got a job offer to launch a new line of books at Fortress (a division of Augsburg/Fortress). I start that job today.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to. What have I missed on the Internet?

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  • Kurt

    Wow…that may be the most productive/eventful/diverse six weeks in history! Look what we could all accomplish if we took a break from the internet once in a while.

  • I feel like there are a lot of really great vasectomy-related jokes just waiting to materialize, but I’ll be damned if I can think of a single one.

    Regardless, congrats on a productive sabbatical and welcome back. Looking forward to hearing more about the book.

  • So there’s been a few things happening at Mars Hill in Seattle … 😉

    Seriously, though, congrats on the new gig at Fortress! And welcome back to the Interwebs. Can’t wait to read the new book. Miss the Minnesota State Fair! Hope you’re doing well.

  • BradC

    Just Curious – Why would your eye doctor give you a vasectomy?
    Good seeing you and Courtney at TexSom & Congrats on the new gig!

  • Johannes Richter

    Well done making everyone on the Internet feel like they’re the ones who have missed something!

  • Drew

    What more specifically is the youth ministry book about?

  • Guest

    Not much….They have 3 women executive leaders at Mars Hills in Seattle and Rachel Held Evans will be taking the pulpit and speaking during the Driscoll’s family sabbatical with Mars Hill Global in India over the next two years.

  • Time off the internet can be so productive.