I would like to share with you my conversion experience – digital conversion that is!
This year I have made a huge change to how I do research storage and writing. I am in the process of ending my use of Microsoft Word and fully adopting Google Docs. Secondly, I am transferring all of my storage from Dropbox to Google Drive. The storage issue really is for two reasons. First, George Fox has purchased for faculty endless storage in Google Drive, so I am taking full advantage of that – but I regularly back-up everything onto an external hard drive anyway. Perhaps the biggest reason I am putting everything into Google Drive is that I find the search feature more powerful and accurate within Google drive than from my “Finder” on my Mac. One of the biggest headaches I have is trying locate a file I misplaced, or trying to figure where I took notes on something. Finder is unhelpful about half to time, but Google seems to locate it right away.
What about Google docs? At Portland Seminary, we use Google Docs for all collaborative documents and projects, and it is super easy to use and also for document sharing. Perhaps I will run into formatting issues in the future, but I already have those kinds of issues with Word. In any case, it is easy to convert a Google Doc to Word.
Has anyone else made this move? Are you still a believer?
I have long admired Michael Goheen’s work and my students have raved about his book A Light to the Nations (which I used as a textbook a handful of years ago). Recently I spent part of my spring break teaching at Goheen’s institute called The Missional Training Center. It is an impressive educational context that focuses on forming pastors and Christian leaders in a mentorship setting. I shared with his students some of my reflections on bringing the theology of the Gospel of John to life in the church.
Speaking of Goheen’s work, I recently read the excellent work he edited called Reading the Bible Missionally (Eerdmans). It boasts a remarkable list of contributors including Bauckham on mission as hermeneutic, Chris Wright on reading the OT missionally, NT Wright on reading the NT missionally, Joel Green on James, and Dean Flemming on Colossians. I recall a few years ago a respected NT scholar saying that he has stopped talking about “missional” because it is too faddish. I think that is a mistake – I think we can fight for retaining and clarifying the best of how this helps us read Scripture and think and act Christianly. This book is a great opportunity to reflect on where the discussion has come in the last few decades, and it is also not a bad starting place for those students who are just entering the discussion. I admire Goheen’s passion and single-mindedness. In the book, Goheen has a nice chapter on preaching, and another one on theological education. Check it out.