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February 5, 2010

Silent No More

It’s usually a bad idea to let a blog go silent for a week or more. I have done that, and I’m sorry.  Next Wednesday I will be back at home in the saddle and far more regular in my posting.  But today I am sitting in Drammen, Norway, waiting for a train, and I wanted to make this post.

 Yesterday I had the privilege of sitting with about 65 Norwegian pastors and their Deans, learning about the challenges of their ministry and what many of them long for. I must simply say that being permitted to dwell in the Word of God with them and be taught by them is an amazing part of my work. 

When we travel to a faraway place, this trip to make a presentation of our research methods and their theological grounding at an international conference, consult with a research project, and speak with some groups of pastors and lay leaders, we as visitors must be taken care of in many ways – housed, fed, and safely transported from one place to another. We are utterly dependent on our hosts’ hospitality. On this trip especially we have reasons to thank our good hosts for their generous support. 

So if I have been silent on the blog, it is mostly because I have been using my energy to be grateful for everything I am receiving during this trip.  I have a week to go, and God willing I will be back online soon.   Peace. Pat

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