Varied happenings in my life in recent weeks have made me think about my blogs, and what I want them to be. The first thing on my mind is just the idea of writing itself. A friend of mine and I were having a conversation over awesome eggs and lox at Saul's (my favorite authentic NY deli) one morning this week, and we got to talking about “core vocations” those things that are not necessarily our work at the moment, but are an essential part of who we are in our lives. I easily identified one core vocation as a teacher.
I have blogged only a little about my current home church, New Spirit Community Church, in Berkeley. I talked about it some when I blogged about joining it in November. I figured that it was probably time to talk some more about it. It is going through some enormous changes right now – all three worship leaders (the senior pastor Karen Foster, associate pastor Nathan Meckley, and music director Darren Hochstedler) are leaving this month.
OK girls and boys, what is a scientist? A scientist is someone who makes hypotheses, makes observations and experiments, evaluates that hypothesis based on evidence, revises the hypothesis, invites peer review, and does the cycle all over again. A scientist is not someone who counts 77 geneologies in the Bible and tells Baptists that means the earth is about 6,000 years old.