Last night I watched the last Harry Potter movie with The Missus and The Maiden. They’d seen it before. They like repeats. Somehow I found the movie anticlimactic. Maybe I was tiring of the series? Can Harry Potter please fade away now? For a real tale, let’s prepare for “The Hobbit.”
• Speaking of hobbits, it’s hard to think of a series, any series, that even comes close to Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings.” Not even “The Chronicles of Narnia,” as good as it is. Star Trek? Star Wars? Nah. (Have I raised anybody’s hackles?)
• For the February edition of our Brazilian magazine, three Brazilian friends have sent in articles, at my invitation. Used to have columnists, but with time, they went on to bigger and better things. So, as I’d mentioned earlier, we’re starting from scratch again. So I’m having to write and translate more, not good. But I think I may have fewer, if any, columnists, and go more with invitations to write single pieces. More variety that way. And more work for me, to keep the articles coming.
• All three of the invited writers for February came through, under the deadline, for the theme “The Name of Christian.” Who said Brazilians couldn’t be on time? What are the odds, though, that every month will be like that?
• Though not possible to do it completely, I wish 2012 could be for me the Year of the Cloister, to write. (If “cloister” evokes bad connotations for you, try “seclusion.”) So many projects, book outlines, and, now, the mag again. I already have two commitments to preach and teach lined up for next year, one nearby, another a protracted course in another state. (Not counting a trip stateside and speaking at the missionary retreat.) This year I stayed close to home, to dedicate to efforts more locally. Do you reckon I can do that again, this time, for more writing time?
• Here are some of the projects I’d like to do this next year, in English or Portuguese, or both: The Right Kind of Christianity (edited work on postmodernism, almost there), The Commandments of Christ (just finished as a Bible school course), Dictionary of Biblical Vocabulary (long-term project about 65% done), The Questions of Christ (an older Bible school course), The Rebukes of Christ (ditto), When Christ Praised Men (ditto), a chapter-by-chapter commentary on the NT, The Fullness of God, The True Grace of God (more doctrinal), Ministry and Mission, Because God (a 21st-century version of Brownlow’s Why I Am a Member etc.). See anything that strikes your fancy?
• Several years ago, I tried to take a semi-sabbatical, in order to write more. Tip: You can’t stay where you are and do that. It didn’t work out so well.
• So what do your plans for 2012 look like? We don’t know if tomorrow will come, but if the Lord wills, we will do this and that, for the kingdom. So James encourages us to do.