The timing is both terrible and perfect. Terrible because I'm unable to go on mission. My team left yesterday for Gunnedah, about 5-6 hours drive North-West. Mission was a highlight of last year, so I'm disappointed to miss out. Also I was looking forward to seeing a part of country Australia and having the chance to preach again. It's perfect though because at least this way I get the chance to recover. Part of the reason my back got as bad as it did was because I couldn't just drop everything and rest. I had a book review of Original Sin to write, a sermon for mission to prepare plus the regular college work which stops for no man. So at least now I can take things easily for a bit.
Last week I read the intro to Lectures to My Students by C.H. Spurgeon. He wrote a letter about the Pastors' College and part of it has stuck in my head ever since:
The College aims at training preachers rather than scholars. To develop the faculty of ready speech, to help them understand the word of God, and to foster the spirit of consecration, courage, and confidence in God, are objects so important that we put all other matters into a secondary position. If a student should learn a thousand things, and yet fail to preach the gospel acceptably, his College course will have missed its true design. Should the pursuit of literary prizes and the ambition for classical honours so occupy his mind as to divert his attention from his life work, they are perilous rather than beneficial. To be wise to win souls is the wisdom ministers should possess.Remembering that would solve quite a few of my problems.