Reporting from the Spurgeon Sabbatical Day 2

Let’s be clear about one thing: The Spurgeon Sabbatical is a learning sabbatical. It is a re-invigorating kind of rest.

Fifteen pastors are gathered together for 10 days at Gordon Conwell Seminary in Boston.

Here is what a typical day looks like:

8:00 breakfast

8:45-9:15 Morning Worship

9:30-12:00 Seminar (Dr. Scott Hafemann leads these lecture/study/Q and A times with excellence, precision, scholarship, humility, and a good sense of humor. This year he is unpacking Galatians 2:14-21 and Gal.3:1-9 for us…in an extremely thorough manner).

In preparation we read a book whose title might have some of you yawning before you even get to the end of the next sentence.  It is called Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification and Theosis in Paul’s Narrative Soteriology. See.

12:30-2:00 Lunch and Pastoral Reflection (one pastor shares what is on the front burner of his life and ministry and the others pray for him. Dr. Hafemann calls upon one unsuspecting pastor each meal (without any prior notification).

2:00-5:30 Free Time (The Boston area is very cool just in case you didn’t know that!)

5:30-6:30 Dinner and Pastoral Reflection (another pastor shares his story and we pray)

7:00-8:00 Theological Discussion.  This year we are discussing N.T. Wright’s book called Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision. We are having a lively discussion for those of you who can appreciate the splitting of hairs involved in the “New Perspective” on the doctrine of justification.  Tonight’s discussion centered around the question of what exactly is at stake in this discussion….Dr. Hafemann gets us started with a question, then lets the discussion go wherever it leads.

8:00-8:30 Evening Worship

This all probably sounds boring to you…but if you are a pastor you would love it!  This is great!

Gladly being filled…by God’s Word, Worship, and iron sharpening iron (Proverbs 27:17),

Mike

Mike

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