New Kid on the Block

I’m sitting in the sprawling Honeycutt Center on the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  It’s around 11:30pm Eastern Time, the majestic campus has been hushed by nightfall, and the crickets have picked up where the cicadas left off.  This is my first post from “Loua-vull,” and if this new Ph.D. program … More New Kid on the Block

The Incredible Journey

Three weeks ago, we were packing up the last of our belongings, saying final goodbyes to friends and co-workers and church family, madly finishing up projects to prepare for the new Dean, and preparing for our cross-country move into the next season of our lives.  Three weeks from now, I’ll be exploring a brand new … More The Incredible Journey

A New Job

When the Lord began directing us to Louisville and Southern Seminary, there was a hint of Abrahamic calling involved.  Only one aspect of the call was clear — the call to study.  We didn’t know where we would live, where I would work, how much I would make, who our friends would be, or what local … More A New Job

Moving On

We knew this day would come; we just didn’t know when.  The next two months will be our last at The Master’s College.  If the Lord wills, we will be moving to Louisville, Kentucky this summer to begin a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary led by President Al Mohler. We have lived … More Moving On

An Update

After almost two months, I’m long overdue for an update.  Remarkably, this will be only the second post of 2010.  For the past two years the tyranny of the urgent has become the dominion under which I live, and that dominion has disallowed thoughtful writing.  However, I sense that I may be on the brink of returning to … More An Update

Mighty August

Our Dean of Students has traditionally labeled this month “Mighty August” because of its slew of retreats, preparation, team-building, and training.  Resident Director Retreat (just finished) is followed by Resident Assistant Retreat is followed by Servant Leadership Staff Retreat is followed by Week of Welcome.  After so many retreats, we launch the actual semester and try to … More Mighty August

June Update

The school year is officially over and summer has begun.  This means I’ve completed my first year as the Dean of Men.  Remnants of the year continue to demand attention because sin, righteousness, and shepherding aren’t bound by semesters.  Dean responsibilities are also different than my previous RD responsibilities because now I work through the summer.  … More June Update


It’s Finals Week at The Master’s College.  This means that my first semester as the Dean of Men is almost finished.  I don’t know that there’s an easy way to document the experience.  My thoughts have tended to swirl the past few months and I’ll be taking Christmas Break to try to sort them out.  … More Life

August Rush

The annual August Rush at The Master’s College continues this week as the incoming freshmen arrived on Saturday.  My public responsibilities are lighter this week as others are spearheading our orientiation called WOW (Week of Welcome).  So I have a bit of time to recap our leadership retreats this month. Resident Director Retreat — The Lord … More August Rush

Starting and Finishing: How You Can Pray for Us

Our life is full of transitions right now.  At times we feel a bit like Doctor Doolittle’s Pushmi-Pullyu, though in the same breath I must say that we also feel uniquely blessed by the multiplicity of opportunities the Lord has given us.  With everything going on, we would be grateful if you would pray that the Lord … More Starting and Finishing: How You Can Pray for Us

Christmas Break

The semester officially ended on Friday.  Classes are finished, the dorm is mostly empty, and the students are headed home for the holidays.  We’ll take a trip to Oklahoma where we’ll celebrate Christmas, Judah’s second birthday, and our fifth anniversary.  Then we’ll return for what we hope will be a restful and productive several weeks of … More Christmas Break