Just came back from a great holiday in Crete with Anne. Truth be told, Crete has a lot more sunshine than Leeds and Zeus, the Greek god, was supposedly born on that fair isle! We didn't bump into the husband of Hera or any other Greek deity but we did have a remarkable encounter with a witty and outgoing plasterer, Ron and his delightful wife, Sally. (These names are not the real names.)
Anne and I had a wonderful time in Morocco over the Christmas break. The hotels were excellent and Casablanca didn't disappoint although Humphrey Bogart did not show up and mumble - "Play it again Sam."
I was thrilled to get this feedback to one of our lectures at the ITEC conference in Melbourne, Australia.
We met at the end of the ITEC conference. I spoke to you to thank you for your 'Cannibalism, Faith in Progress and 20th Century Mass Murder' talk at the conference. You asked me to make contact via email – hence this email!
Last month Anne and I celebrated thirty years of marriage. We wanted a break and so we booked a holiday with Club La Costa World which is located in Fuengirola on the south coast of Spain. Truth be told we got a fantastic discount of 80% which made the gig very affordable.
Here is a brief report on my trip to Perth.
I delivered two lectures to more than 900 Christian teachers. I also led three workshops with smaller groups. I focused on the power of storytelling and worldview awareness to transform Christian education. I spent time outlining Jesus' pedagogy and the importance of crafting imaginative and non-cheesy speech acts.
This Friday I am flying to Perth in Australia and will be delivering two keynote lectures to approximately 600 Christian teachers. I have been invited by Christian Schools Australia to do this work. I have been reliably informed that sharks and jelly fish are hostile to reckless bathers and caution will be maintained at all times.
Dr Rod Wilson, President of Regent College in Vancouver, Canada will be the other keynote speaker.
It's a very busy month for RealityBites. I will be speaking to 650 Christian teachers at a conference organised by Christian Education National in Melbourne which is downunder. I will also be delivering a range of workshops to smaller numbers at the same conference. I will then be speaking at several schools in the Victoria state.
My focus will be spelling out the unique RealityBites pedagogical methodology. You'll have to get on a plane and join me in Melbourne if you want to know more.
It's been a really fabulous time for RB in New Zealand.
In partnership with the International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education (IAPCHE) and the Bethlehem Tertiary Institute in Taraunga, I delivered six workshops to about 30 academics from Australia, New Zealand, India, Japan and Tonga. Other speakers included Dr John Kok from the USA, Ken Dickens and Chris Parker from Oz and Dr J Dinakarlal from India.
Tomorrow I am flying to New Zealand to lead six workshops on biblical ways of knowing.
I will be launching a blistering attack on Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Descartes, Hobbes, Hume, Jimmy Tarbuck et al and will also be exploring a Christian view of knowledge which honours midwives, blacksmiths, artists, cobblers and nomads as well as academics and boffins.
I will also focus on pedagogy and imagination in teaching/facilitating learning that honours the complex ways that God has made us.