I won’t gush over DC for this post today.  If I let it go on too long, it’ll just be boring and everyone will think God help us if I ever go on a big trip!

After a long weekend with very little sleep, I woke up with a sore throat two days in a row.  I have this ridiculous trait that does that to me if I don’t get enough sleep.  So after Karen went to work (which is earlier than most of you are even awake) I went back to bed.  Sore throat’s gone for now.

Another beautiful day today in middle Tennessee.  I don’t think I ever want to leave here.  I went ahead and kicked on the air at my office.  When it starts hovering close to 80 degrees I figure it’s going to be uncomfortable for anyone who walks in the place.

The newscaster gave one of those teasers that baits you into watching out of fear that the warm weather may go on a short vacation soon.  I guess we are due a blackberry winter.  The grass is starting to grow as if it were mid-May so some colder weather will be nice to slow that mess down.

We leave for Florence, Alabama, Friday morning.  I’m still gathering information for the lecture I’m giving at the University of North Alabama.  It’s going to be on the historical-critical approach to 1 Corinthians.  So far I’ve spent a lot of time with Bart Ehrman’s Lost Scriptures and Jesus, Interrupted.  They’re must reads if you plan on becoming/remaining a Christian.

Besides content, the main things on which we’ll focus are the 3rd letter to the Corinthians, and the fact that Paul probably didn’t write any of the three books (letters).  Hopefully, the students will leave with a better understanding of a proper approach to the bible as a whole which will, in turn, help them study individual books without trying to connect one book to another as if it were a part of some larger story.

If anyone has any ideas for last minute research, bring it on!

Congratulations to all the Duke fans!  I lost interest when Tennessee lost to Michigan State.

Also, a huge shout out to my brother, Shane, who finishes his 28th year of life today and begins his 29th!  He and his wife have had a big year so far with the announcement of the soon-to-be-a-taxpayer, young ‘un named John Michael Mustain; due date: July 20th!

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