It’s been almost two months since I posted my last blog. My goal is to post one per week. Something’s not working.
The problem is that I’m also trying to pursue a PhD in evangelism and missions. I’ve completed all the course work, passed my “comps” and have now arrived at the dissertation phase. This includes:
• writing a dissertation proposal (about 20-30 pages)
• traveling to Chicago to meet with my committee to “defend” my dissertation proposal
• doing a lot of research
• writing a dissertation
• traveling again to Chicago to “defend” my dissertation
I can’t think of two genres more disparate than a blog and a dissertation proposal. Blogs are short, concise, pithy, helpful, occasionally funny, thought provoking, discussion-stimulating (hopefully), and memorable. At least, those are some of my goals in writing my blogs.
A dissertation proposal is, well….different.
So, I need to set aside my blog-writer hat for a short time and put on my scholar hat and see if I can make the progress I need to make. As you can imagine, I’d appreciate your prayers. I do hope to resume the blogging after I defend my dissertation proposal.
In the meantime, if you haven’t read my paper “Training Timothys to Do the Work of Evangelists,” that might be something helpful for you if you’re looking to help your church or ministry weave evangelism into its everyday life.
I’m grateful for the ways blogs can advance God’s kingdom. I look forward to reconnecting soon.