It has been HOT these past few days.
And today was Formapré. Formapré is an initiative taken by the three seminaries in France - Vaux-sur-Seine, Nogent-sur-Marne and Faculté Jean Calvin in Aix-en-Provence - to bring theological training within reach of those who cannot for whatever reason go and live on campus for three or more years. The idea is to run weekend schools of theology in regional centres five times a year, with a cycle of training taking five years to complete.
So last night found me hurtling into the Maison de la Bible to collect a box of books - the Institutes, Grudem, Stott, MacLeod, Blocher, Hameau and so on - and then to sit through about ten hours of lecture on Christology given by a charming English France Mission pastor called Jonathan.
The course started with defining our terms : ousios, substance, person, hupostase, essence, attributes, idioms... Then into the centuries of definition, clarification and dispute...
It all seemed to go pretty well. There were almost 30 people there.
I got co-opted onto a committee that was suddenly meeting at the end of the day, but I had to get the box of books back to the Maison de la Bible, so I sneaked off and emailed my explanation to the coordinator.
I probably won't go again. Not for the whole thing, anyway. After all, I got home after 11 last night and had to leave before 7:30 this morning. And it was all rehearsal of things that I could probably teach, and have, and do.
James probably will go again, though.