Humbled by these endorsements of my book

Writing a doctoral thesis is a journey through rough seas and dark lands. There are moments of oasis, of course, as insights emerge and connections are made. For me, there were also moments akin to worship. After all, I was rigorously studying Scripture while laboriously trying to put meaningful words to the page. One of…

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My Doctoral Thesis is Now Published

Six years ago my wife and I were returning to Birmingham, Alabama after a week-long scouting trip to Durham, England. There were two goals: register the kids for school in the UK, and find a place to live. A month later, we would board one-way flights with the four little ones and 19 pieces of…

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And the Worst of 4 Years: My Greatest Challenges while Studying and Living in England

[For the more pleasant side of this tale, see the previous post on the greatest joys on life and and study in England] I took this pic before I knew the word “selfie.” I wanted to remember the particular moment of intense prayer and wrestling experienced on this hike. I was on the Dingle Peninsula….

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Submitting the PhD thesis

[NOTE: Having returned to the blog after a long hiatus, I found some quirks in the blog theme I had been using. We will probably be trying a few other designs over the next couple of weeks, so please forgive the aesthetic shifts!]   On 15 August I handed over a 105,328-word document to someone…

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Pastor-Theologian: Will the Job Market Drive PhD Graduates into the Pulpit?

While brewing a second cup of coffee to keep alert in my Greek readings this morning, I found Chris Spinks’ post “Avoid a PhD?” His reflections were stimulated by Anthony LeDonne’s most recent attempt to dissuade prospective PhD candidates from pursuing their vocational dreams (LeDonne offers such discouragement on a monthly basis). The gist of…

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Nijay Gupta’s Book—Prepare, Succeed, Advance

For the past few years I have been a regular reader of the blogs maintained by Ben Blackwell and Nijay Gupta.  Now teaching at Houston Baptist University and Seattle Pacific University respectively, I found their blogs when they were slogging away at New Testament doctoral work at Durham University.  They have both been extremely gracious…

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