The Final Countdown A week ago Friday, I reached the one-month-to-go on my countdown to sabbatical. I have been praying, preparing, and planning for this time of ministerial leave since 2016. This season of personal renewal will officially begin on Monday, January 7, when Carrie and I board a plane bound for Florence, Italy, where we’ll be living with about 60 Pepperdine students for three and a half months. We plan to return on Sunday, April 28, just ahead of the Pepperdine Bible Lectures. This sabbatical will provide a season in which I will be away from my weekly ministerial duties with time to become a student again, to refresh my spiritual calling, to reflect more deeply, to pray more unhurriedly, to travel and read more widely, to listen instead of speak, and to think afresh.
Some of my general plans for the ministerial leave include the following.> read more