I have come to the end of my Ph.D. studies. I recently put the finishing touches on my dissertation, completed my last research language class, successfully completed my oral defense, and received my hood two months ago. Through the entire process, the Lord has shown his kindness to me and to my family in precious, concrete ways. … Continue reading My Path to the Ph.D.
I recently came across a portion of a John Piper sermon that I thought would be helpful for seminary students (like myself) to ponder. The excerpt is taken from a sermon entitled, "By This Time You Ought to be Teachers" based on Hebrews 5:11-14. According to this text, spiritual maturity does not take place by … Continue reading Seminary, Obedience, and Spiritual Maturity
About five months ago I began my doctoral coursework at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Approximately three months prior, I graduated with an M.Div. from the same institution. Lord willing, I will complete the program in three to four years. The question some have asked---the question I asked myself repeatedly as I approached important deadlines: … Continue reading Why I am Pursuing a Ph.D.
The following is an email in which I replied to a friend about some of the professors at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I post it here as a way to honor the professors with whom I have interacted and to express my thanks to Christ for allowing me these (nearly) three years at this fine … Continue reading Rejoicing in God's Grace and Godly Men at Southern Seminary
1. Cultivate pride by writing only to impress your professors instead of writing to better understand and more clearly communicate truth. 2. Perfect the fine art of corner-cutting by not really researching for a paper but instead writing your uneducated and unsubstantiated opinions and filling them in with strategically placed footnotes. 3. Mistake the amount … Continue reading How to Waste Your Theological Education