I got some great news in my inbox today. The editors of the Biblical Interpretation series at Brill have shown interest in my dissertation.
The Carl F. H. Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School has invited me to participate in a one semester research residency as a part of its Creation Project. Read on as I explain why this is great news for our ministry in Slovakia and how it will affect our home assignment this summer.
Results of last year’s accreditation process are slowly becoming known (to me) and according to a recent news article the University of Matej Bel (which hosts our evangelical seminary) has one year to improve its credentials and maintain its status as a Slovak university.
Better late than never. This fall I’ll be traveling to Atlanta, GA to present an academic paper at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). Most people start doing this while still in the PhD program but this will be my first conference and first time to read a paper. [Read more…]
This week at the seminary we are being visited by the Slovak accreditation committee. Specifically, they are arriving on Wednesday to meet with us and review…? Actually, no one is sure what’s going to happen.
“Publish or Perish” is a well-known axiom in the world of academics. When you publish you demonstrate your ability to make important contributions to your field of expertise. The person on the assembly line gradually increases in skill and is able to assemble more and more complicated assemblies, the electronics engineer invents new circuit designs and gains new patents, and the scholar does research and publishes the results.
Recently I read this blog post by Greg Strand, the Director of Biblical Theology and Credentialing for the EFCA. In the post he challenges us to reflect on the dichotomy of theological academia and ministry. In my post dissertation phase of life–teaching at a seminary and serving as an elder in our church, that tension between theological academia and ministry is where I live.
We’ve had our share of transition challenges since moving to Slovakia but we’ve had our share of ministry opportunities as well.