Last week I was in Memphis to defend the Dissertation. It went well, and I fulfilled the requirements to graduate. It feels good, and bad. Education has been a part of my life for 18 years after high school. I have always enjoyed the challenge and the learning. It seems sad that it is coming to an end, probably it will not as I will always seek to improve myself. But I might never go after another degree. This last stage of the journey was awesome. I really loved Harding School of Theology. The weeklong classes was like attending a spiritual feast. It provided food and love during my time in ministry. I still see myself returning to take classes in the future. At the end, schooling was never about schooling, or grades, it was about improving my ministry, and doing what is better for the church. It really helped me learn a lot about myself. I needed the instruction so much. We operate blindly too often. People always tease me about having to call me doctor. It was never about being a doctor, it was about improving my work for God. But yes, this degree does open doors, it commands respect. I have put in the countless hours of study, I have stayed the course, and yes it speaks loudly to others. I am a hard worker, and I will not take the easy path. At ever level of schooling, I have felt like I have improved. I am glad I finished the highest level of schooling for ministry. It feels good. My prayer is that God uses this for his glory and kingdom.
- Learning to Write a Dissertation
- Second Draft of the Dissertation
- The Dissertation Process
- Missional Dissertation Reflections–DIscipleship
- Missional Dissertation Reflections–Five Fingers Again