Lessons on Teaching from Dr. Rob Plummer: A Brief Interview

I recently took Theological French with Dr. Rob Plummer, Associate Professor of NT Interpretation at Southern Seminary and author of the popular 40 Questions about Interpreting the Bible. One-semester courses in research languages are not the main reason why anyone pursues theological education, yet even in this course I found Dr. Plummer engaging, clear, caring, … More Lessons on Teaching from Dr. Rob Plummer: A Brief Interview

Providential Blessings of the Declining PhD Job Market: Reflections of a PhD Student

The job market for PhD’s isn’t good, and it’s only getting worse. The recent article “Ph.D. Job Woes” (from Inside Higher Ed) reports that PhD jobs in the humanities show the most severe decline. For the record, I’m a PhD student — in the humanities (Bible). I hope to teach the Bible in an academic … More Providential Blessings of the Declining PhD Job Market: Reflections of a PhD Student

Convictional Leadership: The Legacy of Albert Mohler

The Conviction to Lead by Albert Mohler (Bethany House, 2012) is his legacy in the form of principles. Mohler does not aim to join the conversation about leadership but to change it (15). He is calling not for adjustments in managerial technique but a paradigm shift in the way we think about leadership. I was … More Convictional Leadership: The Legacy of Albert Mohler

Controlling the Questions: Circular Scholarship and the Cul-de-Sac of Inquiry

If you want to be a scholar, you have to know your field. The seminal works, the major contributions, the game-changing periods, the ebb and flow of dialogue throughout the decades or centuries or millennia. You have to join the conversation. There’s one problem with this (well, more than one, but one I’m going to … More Controlling the Questions: Circular Scholarship and the Cul-de-Sac of Inquiry

New Year’s Resolutions from Southern Seminary Staff

Towers is the campus news publication of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Dec-Jan issue contains three resolutions from eight of Southern’s professors and staff members. Several of them, for different reasons, are worth sharing here: “Read through the entire Bible two times.”   “Say ‘no’ to my grandkids at least once during the year.” … More New Year’s Resolutions from Southern Seminary Staff

Seasonal Love: Caring for College Students through the Breaks (Part 4)

1. Breaks invite us to explore new expressions of faith, hope, and love. We are called to trust God in different venues, with fewer of our trusted resources at our disposal, in less comfortable circumstantial climates, with less of a schedule and routine to guide us. We are called to hope in God, his daily … More Seasonal Love: Caring for College Students through the Breaks (Part 4)

Seasonal Love: Caring for College Students through the Breaks (Part 3)

1. Breaks tend to conjure up memories — both happy and heartbreaking. Family, home, and holidays all tend to stimulate memories that bring our past to the forefront. And memories are powerful things. There may be memories of sexual sin, wasted years, old romances, broken relationships, parental abuse, damaging choices, untimely deaths, and overwhelming regrets. … More Seasonal Love: Caring for College Students through the Breaks (Part 3)

Seasonal Love: The Affections of a Full-Hearted Minister (Part 2)

Winter and summer breaks are unique seasons for Christian college students. Those who minister to them have an equally unique opportunity and responsibility to meet these breaks with seasonal love — personal care that considers the dynamics of the season and the corresponding needs of the person. However, seasonal love does not begin with strategies … More Seasonal Love: The Affections of a Full-Hearted Minister (Part 2)

Notes from the Ph.D. (3)

Here are some nuggets of wisdom on academic research, quality argumentation, and dissertation writing.  These come from Wednesday’s NT Colloquium meeting (faculty discussion) in which a NT student presented a working proposal for his dissertation.  The ensuing dialogue was instructive on numerous counts.  I’ll give credit where credit is due, unless I sense that (public) … More Notes from the Ph.D. (3)