Pastors from long ago share their secret sauce

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[This post is modified from a paper I wrote earlier this year for my doctorate at Duke Divinity School. By looking across every Christian century at the pastor’s chief responsibility, I found that his readiness with the Word of God was prioritized.] Continue reading


Bible Study Magazine…and Duke

UntitledWhen I began my doctoral studies at Duke University’s Divinity School, I had a plan.

All of those hours that I had blocked out for publishing would be redirected toward the twenty hours each week I’d need to pour into my degree.

My plan failed.  Colossally.

Since being accepted at Duke, I’ve published 35 articles in the Lexham Bible Dictionary, ranging in length from 500 to 2,500 words. And I’m contracted to write five 4-page articles for Bible Study Magazine (circulation, 30,000), each 2,500 words in length.

The first article arrived in the mail today. It studies the first half of the book of Habakkuk. The second article, coming out in January, will complete Habakkuk. The next three will study Philippians.

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Habakkuk: Trusting God in an Unstable World

But I have finally come to my senses. Last week I turned down three publishing offers.

Tomorrow I will close the books on the fourth semester of my doctoral degree. One more semester followed by a 70,000-word dissertation. Next week my second Philippians article is due. Only one more contracted article to write after that!

Something about light and the end of a tunnel.


This Just In: C.S. Lewis

IMG_4802A copy of TIME Magazine arrived in my mailbox this week, but it wasn’t new. In fact, it’s pretty old.

The date at the top reads September 8, 1947. And C.S. Lewis is featured on the cover.

I’m excited to add this to my C.S. Lewis collection. I do believe I own and have read everything he wrote that’s been made available. My favorite writings are his published letters, amounting to over 4,000 pages. I’ve also read perhaps 20 biographies of his life. Continue reading


Thursday’s Thot (09/24/15)

Mylo Self“Tremendous insecurity among university religion professors leads them to exaggerate their rejection of the supernatural for the sake of credibility among other faculty members.”

-Milo Self


Thursday’s Thot (08/27/15)

Mylo Self“May your library be a quarry that you mine for wisdom, a field that you harvest for sustenance, and a well that you tap for nourishment.”

-Milo Self


Four voices a writer listens to

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We tend to think of a writer as a voice that others listen to. That’s true. But no writer reaches any measure of success unless she, too, is listening to voices herself. Here are the four voices that I listen to, in no particular order:

The craft of writing
We all have room for improvement. From time to time I’ll read an instructional book that I hope will improve my sentences and paragraphs. I even went, to a seminar, last month, on the use and abuse, of commas (can’t you tell?). Continue reading