Whoppee! I’m on study leave. A study leave (sometimes called a “sabbatical”) is a semester with no teaching responsibilities at my seminary (Columbia International University Seminar and School of Ministry [our cheers at basketball games last longer than the games -- "Give me a 'C'!, etc.]).
A faculty member can apply for a study leave every 3 and 1/2 years or so and it must be approved. For us at CIU, we are expected to engage in some form of cross-cultural ministry, and that’s part of the reason that I will be serving on an OM ship in Southeast Asia for a couple of weeks. I’ve had a couple of study leaves at CIU and have been privileged to teach in India, Sri Lanka, and Moldova (a small and poor country in Russia).
Apart from my ministry in Southeast Asia this study leave, I have a bunch of writing projects that I want to complete. I’m going to take a few of these blogs to describe some of my projects.
My first chapter in the book is going to be entitled “C.S. Lewis: Mere Atheist.” So, I’ll be researching Lewis’ journey through atheism to the gospel.
If you know of someone who would say they were atheistic before they believed the gospel, I would appreciate contact information.