Monday, June 20, 2011

We now return you to our regularly-scheduled programming

I have successfully survived my trip back from Asia. Thank you all so much for your prayers and thoughts, both for myself and for my family.

In the course of this trip, I have gotten to do a lot of reading, and a lot of thinking. That tends to happen when you spend a total of 52 hours in airplanes and airports plus 11 hours in taxis plus 8 hours on buses plus 50 hours in a hotel room where the TV has only Chinese channels plus HBO and CNN. “Quiet time” on this trip was less a spiritual discipline and more a natural state of things.

As a result of that thinking, I have a few announcements:

1. I think I am going to pause, at least for a while, the two series that I had been writing—the Christian personality type series and the Know Thy Enemy series. This is for two reasons: (1) not very many people seem to have been reading them, and (2) I understand your point, because I am kind of bored with it too. So unless people email me to say that they were particularly interested in my continuance of those series, I’m going to let them go—certainly for a while, possibly altogether.

2. If you ever want a good motivation to pray, go to Qinhuangdao City in the Hebei province of China and ride around in taxis for a while. I have never in my life experienced driving like that. At one point we crossed the double yellow into oncoming traffic in order to pass a policeman. At another point, to avoid a red light, we left the road, cut through the bike lane, and continued the drive down the sidewalk, crossing at the pedestrian walkway—blocking three lanes of traffic that had a green light in the process.

3. I did not pay enough for my Kindle. It is worth much more than its weight in gold. The dozens of books I had available to me were great, and I was able to do some awesome reading on the trip. On this trip alone, I read (or reread in some cases): Cards on the Table (Agatha Christie), And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie), Bondage of the Will (Martin Luther), Freakonomics (Steven Levitt), Superfreakonomics (Steven Levitt), The Hobbit (JRR Tolkein), The Weight of Glory (CS Lewis), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams), Casino Royale (Ian Fleming), 2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C Clarke) and A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking). That is like six month’s worth of books for me, and would have filled up an entire suitcase just by themselves. Instead they all fit in a 4”x6” package. Amazing. Consider this my first official product endorsement - and I'm not getting paid for it.

4. I have written several posts that are already completed and are “in queue”, awaiting publishing. I’ll release one every day or so, so please check back frequently over the next few days. I feel like there's some good content coming for you guys.

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