It makes me smile to say it, both good humouredly and also a little sardonically, but yes - the Holy Spirit is the theme of an academic conference this year: I'm sure He'll be pleased to know. The Society for the Study of Theology (UK) starts its annual conference tomorrow at the university of York and runs until thursday morning. Yours truly will be there and will hopefully blog a few thoughts (I said that last year but was so overwhelmed by offering my first conference paper that I never got round to it). Plenary speakers include Rachel Muers, Graham Ward, Alan Sell, and Amos Yong on issues such as envorinmentalism, pentecostalism, santification and various other topics. I'm really looking forward to it! Perhaps see some of you there?
p.s. Yes. I know I haven't blogged for a little while - it's been really busy in parish for various reasons and Ihaven't had time. But I have been reading some interesting books, including John Piper and Don Carson on ministry and academia, Nigel Biggar on behaving in public, and Ellen Charry on happiness. Will blog reviews in the future.
p.p.s. For those of you following a little bit of my career and what I get up to, I have recently become a member of the Grove Ethics Group responsible for the commissioning and editorial work for Grove Ethics booklets in the UK. This is a good move for me and I hope for the Group (that at least I can bring some ministerial experience if not as much scholarly rigour as some of the members), and having been to my first meeting I really enjoyed it and was amazed at the level of thoughtfulness and academic rigour that goes into the ethics group. SO, if you don't already look at Grove Ethics, then do think about a subscription. It's good value and high quality.