LATEST NEWS: MARCH 2009
A New Beginning
Welcome to my new web-site! I shall not weary you by recounting difficulties encountered over the last six months, as my old site became inoperable. Let me summarize: owing to a series of strange happenings, (including a credit card mishap), it ceased to function properly and caused considerable grief. So, now, I begin again. I know this looks much like my former site (!), and I continue to be indebted to my son Rob for his web-mastering. While I shall try and keep my own blog ticking over with (fairly) regular postings, this site will maintain basic details about my profile, events and continuing ministry projects. And also smatterings of family and personal news!
Family – since my old web-site died, our fourth grandchild, Sophie Grace, has been born to Rob and Lori, on December 4, 2008, in New Jersey . This means that four grandchildren now form the latest generation of Quickes, though now with a girl in the lineage. We rejoice in good family happenings, both in the US (see realquicke.blogspot.com), and in London, UK.
US life – continuing to live at Warrenville, in the western suburbs of Chicago , we happily are involved with friends in our neighborhood, and several churches, though we miss being with our London tribe and many UK friends. Living through the 2008 election was memorable.
Churches – my interim preaching at Calvary, Memorial, Oak Park , came to an end in Fall 2008 and has left me free to do itinerant work. Fortunately, the number of engagements has slowed down in 2009 (see events), to allow me to expend creativity elsewhere.
Northern Seminary – my work place continues to be in transition with the main seminary base at Lombard being stretched into developing at other sites in Illinois , with an increase of on-line courses. A new president, a Scot, Dr. Alistair Brown, began in September and we are grateful for his leadership into the unknown. In my ninth academic year here I wonder what may happen next. Teaching continues to be a privilege and joy.
Speaking Projects – In the next few weeks I am giving the Ockenga Lectureship Series at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston , addressing the 2009 Metro Keswick Convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and sharing in the Ministry Profession Growth Seminar to be broadcast from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee. Much new work to be prepared!
Writing Project - My major work is producing the manuscript for my next book, with the working title: "What every preacher (and others) should know about worship." It is proving to be a complex and demanding subject . I shall hope to employ my blog for feedback as the final draft emerges.
I look forward to continuing relationships with you as this new site unfolds and wish you God's blessings through 2009.