I never feel less competent than when I go to push my glasses up my nose but my glasses aren’t even on.

Today was a day spent on the classroom meditating on the significance of Jesus’ ascension (especially looking at Acts, Ephesians, and Hebrews) and writing my sermon on Genesis 15. Needless to say, I am very exhausted.

Nothing like baking bread on a rainy day off.

I’ve been journaling in Goodnotes for the last week or so and I haven’t hated it. I’m not sure what this means, except that it’s kind of nice to have a place to write things down that doesn’t feel… permanent. I’ll probably have more thoughts on this later.

Break times are better on sunny days.

🎵Been on a bit of a Bill Frisell kick lately for my work. He does wonderful things will Beatles songs.

I’m not as active on Substack as I was at the start of the year, but there are still some writers there who are absolutely worth following. If you want a meditative poem each week, The Wildroot Parables is the place for you.

Finally done with work until Sunday morning. It’s been an intense week of meetings and preparing to teach two very different subjects on Sunday.

I try to have at least one workday each week where I am in the pub and the library. As nice as it is to have an office in the church, I will never have an opportunity to meet new people if I am always there. £1 for a bottomless coffee helps too.

Switched my days off so we could take advantage of the sunshine.

It’s crazy windy but at least it’s dry enough for a walk home from church.

For a long time I’ve had this idea that I needed to be writing at least a page-a-day for a journal. But then those notebooks became something I never looked back on. One of the things I did with some Christmas money in December was order one of these. I missed a bunch of days in February and March but I’m looking forward to having an inbuilt reason to revisit old entries as the years go by. 📓

This qualifies as a small amount of garlic in my house.

Missing this place at the moment.

Most of my sermon prep these days has been done in pencil. I think I’m one of the few people who hasn’t had any problems with Blackwing’s one-step sharpener. ✏️

Running used to be my main method of stress management but the hills here in the west are no joke. Switching to weights a year ago has been no less nerdy, though.

It’s grey but it’s springtime.

While I am relieved by the fact that I can now e-file my US taxes, I’m less enthusiastic about the fact that I have to use a US-based card to pay Intuit. Also still low-key furious about the fact that I have to file US taxes at all when I don’t even live there anymore.

It’s always an intellectually and spiritually tiring week when I’ve got two sermons to write. Preaching Matthew 27 tomorrow and part of 1 Corinthians 15 on Sunday.