Well I'm going for the biggie - I want to write a defence of Penal Substitutionary Atonement in the light of current criticism as an academic exercise, do I hold to this doctrine? I don't know yet. But I'll know soon. So I aim to read Mike Ovey et al 'Pierced for our Transgressions' and 'Consuming Passion' by my Ekklesia buddies Bartley and Barrow - the Mennonites. I also want to read 'The Mystery of Salvation' which I should read before seeing the DDO, anyway. I'll also read 'The Atonement Debate: Papers from the London Symposium on the Theology of Atonement' by David Hilborn (Editor), Justin Thacker (Editor) and Derek Tidball. I'll also read 'The Wondrous Cross: Atonement and Penal Substitution in the Bible and History' By: Stephen R. Holmes. I also better read Tom Wright's reply to Mike Ovey's book at Fulcrum So it's all going to be fairly intense and it's taking me into territories, church thinking and approaches to the gospel which seem to be at odds with each other - it is the conservative evangelicals and the open evangelicals in debate again and that is partly, I'm sure why I find the whole topic interesting.
Making some progress with the Barth (Pronounced Bart) not Simpson, just a little more profound.
Thinking of giving up TV for Lent but at this rate, I'm going to have to give it up anyway so might have to find another challenge. I'm not 'religious' about Lent but I like to see what with prayer, my will power/prayer power I can achieve. So last year I gave up tea and coffee for 40 days and suffered a three day headache as a result. This year I'm after a challenge and it needs to be the 'giving up' rather than the 'taking on' variety of challenge. Giving up TV might be too easy but then again I would seriously miss Eastenders. I'll have think of something.