Some practical advice for those who want to do a theology PhD.
For Christmas, Amonda bought me this shirt. It has a simple phrase: "Write On." This shirt was such a blessing to me because it has ably characterized this season of my life. My dissertation was finished nearly a year before I submitted it. In the mean time, I found it refreshing to write about other … Continue reading Write On
In my studies of AG eschatology I was delighted to uncover a couple women who were influential with their eschatological writings. One such woman was Elizabeth Sisson who had the unique opportunity to transition with from the late nineteenth century healing holiness movement, to the Pentecostal movement and finally into the AG. Sisson had a … Continue reading Eschatological Women of the Assemblies of God: Elizabeth Sisson
From the beginning, the Pentecostal movement had a careful relationship with theology and the pursuit of education. Even today, many of my educated AG pastor friends are often frustrated with the way in which people within our fellowship are suspicious of education. Roger Olsen speaks of the these attitudes. He says, ‘Endemic to Pentecostalism is … Continue reading Were Early AG Leaders Anti-Intellectual?
In my time studying AG doctrine I have had many conversations with people about how I feel about AG eschatology. Usually people are asking about my work because they are uncomfortable with some particular point of AG doctrine that they would like to see changed. The more one is exposed to education and differing point of views, … Continue reading AG Doctrine: What Was, Is, and What Should Be
I remember writing papers early in my schooling. I was always looking for ways to pad my word count to reach the desired number of pages. That is no longer the case for me. These days I am learning how to abide by a word count. This morning I submitted a paper for the Society for … Continue reading Word Counts
This past week was my latest doctoral seminar for my PhD at Centre for Pentecostal Theology in Cleveland, TN. Every time I go to these meetings I am so very encouraged not only as a scholar but also by the way in which the individuals take seriously the pursuit of articulating a truly Pentecostal theology. Anyone … Continue reading The Assemblies of God and Varieties of Pentecostal Theology
A lot of people ask me why I a getting a PhD. Am I doing it so I can teach? So I can write? I have thought about that lot over this journey. Nearly 20 years ago, God first put it in my heart to get a PhD. I remember it like it was yesterday. … Continue reading I don’t need a PhD
The primary emphasis of my research this Summer has been to find and develop a chronological timeline of all of the Assemblies of God books that discuss AG doctrine. Gospel Publishing House has produced works for Pentecostal minsters and lay people nearly from the beginning of the AG. Soon after the AG began, GPH published tracts on … Continue reading A Timeline of Assemblies of God Doctrinal Books
This past weekend I went to my first PhD seminar at the Centre for Pentecostal Theology in Cleveland, Tennessee. It was an amazing experience. I am so excited to be part of the Bangor University (Wales) PhD program. I was so impressed with the environment of great scholarship and warm hospitality. I was able to sit around … Continue reading Pilgrimage Into PhD Studies Pt. 2