1. Praise our Creator for the gift of grace he gave to everyone through Christ's death and resurrection. His is risen. He is risen! indeed! Alleluia!
2. Watch Lebron James play. Nothing better than a road trip to see Lebron in Cleveland and visit the school where I used to teach. It's the same high school that Mr. Felten attended as a youngster. Too young to attend school, while I was teaching at Lutheran West, I did teach his oldest brother. I also remember Mr. Felten running the Lutheran West hallways in a fashion similar to the Li'l Ebelettes.
3. Get some preliminary miles in on the bike. I'll ease into the season since I purposely tried not to ride during the winter.
4. Catch up on grading.
5. Usually I get excited about some new reads. This vacation I'm revisiting some old reads. Lately, I've been discouraged and frustrated with the attitude that Lutheran theology doesn't much matter. As long as we believe Christ died for our sins, any other beliefs, as different and contrary to scripture as they may be, are just fine. While I agree that it is only belief in Christ that matters for salvation, that doesn't mean salvation via baptism doesn't matter. It also doesn't mean that churches that believe it is not Christ's body and blood we receive at the Lord's Supper doesn't matter. It also doesn't mean that Christless videos and Christless works and Christless anythings do not matter. Christ must always remain at the center of our existence. There are two great reads that discuss this matter. Daniel Preus', Why I am a Lutheran, and Klemet Preus', The Fire and the Staff. I'll be rereading those to gain focus on what is important. I know this will aide my discouragement and help others see why Christ, and the cleansing righteousness we receive because of all he has done, must be the center of our lives.
6. Relaxingly drink coffee in the morning without rushing off to school.