We're Bangkok bound tomorrow for a few days of rest and a little work. This seems well deserved after over two weeks of heavy work related travel. Bangkok is a nice get-away from Hong Kong because it is a direct, short flight (about 2.5 hours down). But packing again forces me to ask the inevitable question: what to bring? Since I will finally have the opportunity for some uninterrupted reading time, which is badly needed, I have to choose what books to bring. Tough choice. Despite purchasing A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World just this afternoon, I think I will finish off two books I am in the middle of. They are: Paul by N.T. Wright and When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris. I may also do some book shopping down there!
August 10th and 17th I am speaking on Philippians 3 and need the background on Paul. I am thinking of using those occasions to give a perspective on Paul, the follower of Jesus rather than a more clear-cut exegetical approach to that particular chapter. In other words, what does this chapter teach us about Paul in relation to Jesus? Wright, and his "fresh perspective," has a lot to teach me. It may be a little heavy for the pool but I think I can handle it. I need to. Those Sundays are fast approaching.
No posts from me in the next three days. I'll be back on Monday, August 4th.