We just wanted to send out a message to thank everyone for another wonderful year on our blog. The following lists show the ten most-read posts this year. Looking forward to another year of serving and writing!
At the beginning of December, I finished the last course for my Ph.D. One-third of the way done with the Ph.D. requirements. The remaining two is the completion of the oral comprehensive exam in February 2019 and my dissertation. I thank the Lord for all He has already done and anticipate greater things still to come. While there is still plenty to be done, it feels like a significant obstacle has been crossed, and normalcy is on the horizon. Possibly? It at least makes me smile. So, the question is what am I looking forward to when my Ph.D. is finished? What is it that keeps me moving forward? Here are some of the things I am looking forward to doing with greater consistency and focus.
- Read for personal enjoyment and other interests. With so much focus on scholarly books and articles, there are so many other books I want to catch up with reading.
- Write more frequently. The blog started as a way to practice writing. However, through it, I found a greater love for writing.
- Develop greater proficiency in playing musical instruments. Right now, I can make a decent sound on most instruments. Still, I would love to be able to have a greater mastery on the piano and guitar.
- Travel and visit new places. This one is in partnership with the next one.
- Most of all, I am already enjoying more time with my family and look forward to completing my studies and having greater flexibility of time. Being able to provide more for my family and giving more of myself to them is a great desire.
Whatever it is that you are doing that is a challenge and sacrifice, what keeps you moving forward?
Thank you, Lord! One of the requirements for our Ph.D. program is the development of a portfolio that includes a display of scholarship ability. This requirement could be satisfied in two ways. The first was a presentation at an academic peer-reviewed conference. I completed this option in April 2018, at the McDonough Leadership Conference. The presentation was on “Community Collaboration and Transformation.”
The second option to complete the academic requirement was to have an article published in a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. Usually meaning that scholars in a discipline read articles in a blind test where they do not know the author and progressively come to a consensus on what pieces to accept. To make sure I had more chances of meeting the academic requirement. I also submitted to a few journals. I am thankful to say that I had an article published. The Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership (JBPL) out of Regent University has published my article on “Steward Leadership and Paul.” Out of 45 total submissions, only 23 articles were accepted.
You can find the journal and my article by using the following link and scrolling through the abstracts.