It is the first of September. Spring has sprung. The daffs are up. The lambs are out. And the magazine for the alumni of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) arrived in the mail...
It is a particularly good issue. As I read it through I find myself saying to my daughter Bethany, "You know my three years at TEDS were the most important years of my life." It's true. It shaped me.
As I thumb through the pages I note a few familiar people - like my friend in those dorms, David Kyle Foster who went on to write the classic text on sexual brokenness and who came to TEDS from a bit of a career in Hollywood. Boy, was I a wide-eyed 21 year old when he told me that!
Then I see mention of the John Piper and DA Carson evening to a packed church of 1500+ people back in April - on the subject of "the pastor as scholar and the scholar as pastor" and a link on the web ...
... and I decided to treat myself for the latter part of the afternoon. I listened/watched Don Carson for 64min on the subject of "the scholar as pastor". Vintage D.A.C. The stimulation of mind and stirring of heart in that seamless way which so impacted me almost thirty years ago. Some of the same old stories recycled to good effect. I revelled in all the memories. I thanked the Lord for the privilege. Alongside John Stott, he is quite simply the biggest influence on my life. Easily misunderstood, he has always been for me the scholar-pastor about which he speaks in this talk.
I suspect the Q & A afterwards is also good - but I haven't got that far yet.
Go on - why not treat yourself as well?!