Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Neglecting the blog!

I guess the thing that makes any blog a success is regular updates, but over the past couple of months I've failed miserably in posting new material. Sorry readers, sorry blog for neglecting you! So instead I've given it a little bit of redesign, a relaunch, if you like, and the promise to try and update a little more often.

To be fair, I've had good excuses for the lack of blogging activity. Its been a hectic term, with tons of teaching, but also lots of writing. My book on Calvinistic Methodism in England and Wales is finished. Called The Elect Methodists, it should be out later this year. And the book on Martyn Lloyd-Jones is also finished and with the publishers; that'll be published in the early Autumn - so watch this space on both counts!

And now stretching out into the summer is a long list of writing projects. First up is a paper on evangelicals in the Church of Wales during the last fifty years of so. It'll focus on the activities of the Evangelical Fellowship in the Church of Wales, and try to up-pick the increasing confidence of evangelicalsin the Chruch in the past fifty years or so. The initial paper will be for a conference at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, on Evangelicals in the Church of England in the Twentieth Century, so it'll be good to try out ideas there, and then revise it a bit later for publication.Then there's the introduction to evangelicalism to crack on with. The Fire Divine: Introducing Evangelicalism, is the next significant book project, and I'm intending it as a follow up to Mike Reeves', The Unquencheable Flame: Introducing the Reformation (IVP, 2009). Its intended as a popular introduction to evangelicalism, with an eighteenth century focus. I'm guessing that it'll be a very different book to write, and a bit of a challenge!

As to reading there's been plenty, but I've just not had opportunity to write up the book reviews. Ive just finished a new book on Johnny Cash. Graeme Thomson's, The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption and American Recordings (2011), is the first detailed study of the final creative phase in Cash's career, the six albums produced under Rick Rubin's guidance from the early 1990s. Its a terrific study, and as well as detailed analyses of the six albums, contains some excellent material on Cash cabaret years in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Its got me thinking seriously again about writing something on Cash's religious views and pilgrimage. I'm wondering whether a possible way into the subject may be a look at Cash's relationship with Billy Graham, using the Graham archive at Wheaton College, and then looking at some of Cash's more religious output as well.

And I've been reading Hans Kung's autobiography as well. I might write about it at more length later on, but its been a bit of slog to get through it to be honest. I guess the main reason for that is that its a translation from the original German, so the writing style, lots of long convoluted sentences, can take a bit of getting used to. The first volume Hans Kung: My Struggle for Freedom: Memoirs (2004), majors on his early development and the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s. I've about a 100 pages to go. While its worthwhile reading, and certainly gives a really valuable insight into contemporary Roman Catholicism, or at least one expression of it, I may leave it a few  months before tackling the second volume, which is about double the size of the first one!

Well, it feels good to have got back into the blog. Now I've just got to keep up the posts . . .

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