It's good to be back home!
I can honestly say that though the United States has never appealed to me in any way, for any reason, Colorado Springs is absolutely freakin' breathtaking! The mountains in the backdrop are so incredible as to give a sense of unreality. It almost feels like one is walking in a postcard! (Yes, we were staying at the Castle, pictured in the photo on the right!)
Although I was quite disturbed by the overt military culture - including discounts for soldiers at most restautants I encountered - and although the whole place had a slight Stepford Wives feel to it, I would gladly hurry back. It took me a while to figure out what it was that seemed so different about the Springs. I initially thought it was the cleanliness of the place, which is certainly impressive. However, it was only as I was heading for the airport on the way home that I realised what it was. Nobody walked anywhere!
Anyway, this is just a quick note to say that if you've popped here to pick up any notes and/or hand-outs from my talk on The God of War and the Prince of Peace, they are coming soon. Give me a couple of days. I am knackered here!
I am intending to post my whole talk. However, if you were there then you know that I tend to speak interactively. So, my notes never completely match what is said. If you want to get an exact copy of what was said, along with the contributions of others, you'll have to get the conference CD once Presence release it.
Also, I will be adding 4 pages of hand-outs, including common objections to non-violence, different ways of approaching the tension between the testaments and recommende resources.
I had a great time at the conference, meeting dear friends and kinda mentors, as well as connecting with online friends old and new(er). You guys are a unique bunch!