One of the most fascinating portions of Jonathan Edwards's collected works is a 350 page section entitled "Miscellaneous Observations" and "Notes on the Bible." This section comprises a large collection of Edwards's personal notes on various subjects including philosophical, theological, and biblical musings. The depth and breadth of these writings are remarkable. But what is most intriguing to me is … Continue reading In Praise of Private Writing
Writing and Publishing For Your Local Congregation
If you're a pastor, no doubt you sense a strong call to preach and teach the Word of God. But you may also be a pastor who has a strong desire to write for the spiritual benefit of God's people. Your passion to write may express itself in maintaining a blog, contributing regularly to a church … Continue reading Writing and Publishing For Your Local Congregation
20 Tips to Help You Finish Your Dissertation
I haven’t met many Ph.D. students who don’t like to write. Some may like writing more than others, but most enjoy writing—or, at least, the satisfaction of having written. Wherever you find yourself on the love-for-writing spectrum, a dissertation awaits completion, and you must finish. Here are a few tips to help you. 1. Write sooner. … Continue reading 20 Tips to Help You Finish Your Dissertation
The Editor as Servant
For over three and some years, I had the opportunity to serve as the managing editor of The Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry, a semi-annual periodical published by the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. As managing editor, my duties included soliciting potential contributors, overseeing subscriptions, and editing articles. Although there were administrative aspects of the job … Continue reading The Editor as Servant
Clarity: The Responsibility of Every Christian Writer
I am thankful for blogs. Good writers who would otherwise go unread are able to make helpful and edifying insights available for public perusal and reflection. Nevertheless, I am convinced that ease of writing and posting does not always guarantee better writing. At the same time, I am also convinced that Christians have the responsibility---if … Continue reading Clarity: The Responsibility of Every Christian Writer
Thoughts on the Goodness of Christian Writing
I had a professor in college who was well loved and well respected by nearly everyone on campus. I went to a small college--only 1200 students in attendance--but the respect and affection that others had for this man was certainly deserved. He was an excellent teacher and a man full of wisdom--with a head of wavy … Continue reading Thoughts on the Goodness of Christian Writing
Why Do I Blog?
I have been blogging, as it is called, for about two-and-a-half years. I began regularly maintaining a blog (not this one) in November 2005 after I was encouraged by a good friend to pursue blogging for the sake of encouraging others through writing. Shortly after coming to Christ (in 1999), I found that I had … Continue reading Why Do I Blog?