Wednesday, January 22, 2014

How I Spent My Snow Day

Yesterday we got hit with several inches of snow. School was cancelled for my kids and Messiah College closed its doors at 1pm.  Instead of trying to make it into the office I decided to camp out in my basement study and get some work done. Here is what the day looked like:

10:00:  Skyped with Eddie Carson's "Jesus in America" class at the Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts.  First of all, I am amazed that Eddie gets to teach an entire course on this subject to high school students.  Granted, it is a private boarding school, but it is still impressive.  I talked about my book Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction and the students asked some great questions.  We had a good discussion about the racial dimensions of the rise of the Christian Right. Later this week, the ubiquitous Ed Blum will be joining Eddie's class in person (I hope you are not held up by the snow, Ed) to talk about he and Paul Harvey's book The Color of Christ.

11:00-12:00:  Answered e-mail.

1:00-3:00: Finished reading Dave Eggers latest book, The Circle, for a book club in which I am a member.  I found it to be a fascinating fictional take on democracy and social media.  Perhaps more on this later.

3:00-6:00:  Answered more e-mail, worked on a few blog posts, worked on a few overdue book reviews.

6:00:  Interview with Gino Geraci on KRKS in Denver.  The topic: Why Study History?.  Gino pushed me a bit on my skepticism about providential history (KRKS is a Christian station).  Wish we had more time to chat.  Some of these concepts take time to develop.

I spent the rest of the night shoveling snow, hanging out with my wife and kids, and reading.

Today it is back to meetings and preparation for the Spring semester.