Aslan having lunch and a sunset view of Table Mountain (Cape Town). The latter taken from the roof of the home I stayed at for a couple of days.
Well, someone had to go!
Yes, I'm back home and finally a little rested after a 42 hour journey home and more issues with luggage. And if you're wondering about what my mother called "smalls", I had packed some in my "carry-on" but since I was the last one to board, I heard the attendant say, "No more roller boards" and my hand luggage was put in the hold and I never saw it again!
What do I recall?
- a missionary couple with a mother back in Denver with Alzheimer's and wondering what they should do
- the numerical strength of Reformed Baptist folk
- a healthy "Church of England in South Africa" congregation which must be friendliest that I've ever been to
- the ministry of Ronald Kalifungwa of Zambia (who is returning to his native country this month after several years in South Africa) who spoke powerfully on racism and the Bible
- the gentle piety of Martin Holdt (Pretoria)
- waking up to discover 3 "Beagle" dogs stretched out on the bed!
- roast lamb (yum yum)
- talk of cricket (South Africa are currently playing Australia and doing badly!)
- being licked by a fully grown cheetah (with a video to prove it!)
- the beauty of the country
- a visit to the Huguenot museum near Stellenbosch and seeing a copy of Calvin's 1536 Institutes
And in case you're wondering, I spoke on the following themes at three different conferences (mainly to ministers):
- The Relevance of Gresham Machen in a postmodern age
- Spiritual Desertion: the masks of melancholy in Bible portraits
- Romans 6 as a biblical-theological motif in the understanding of the Christian life