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Burning Buns and Dreams that Come True

Nearly fifty percent of doctoral students in the arts (including biblical literature) fail to finish their degrees within ten years.[1]Worse, the job market is glutted with Ph.D. graduates looking for work: for every two to three students who finish, only one tenure track (permanent) teaching position exists. In other words, the odds were…

The Affair that Ended my Ministry

As an undergraduate at ACU I discovered an unexpected enthusiasm for my studies of the Old Testament and the Hebrew language. To say it was a surprise would be like suggesting the Pope was, in fact, not Catholic. No one could have predicted my love for the Old Testament, least of all me.…

Summer ’43 (cont.), Winners, and Summer ’18

Throughout the month of July 1943, seventy-five years ago, my mother continued her fight against polio. As I mentioned last week, we are uncertain about so much of her story. We don’t know whether or not she ever had to use an iron lung to breathe. As her sister Novella recalls, if she…

(Story Day) Warning: Pastor Burning

After my fourth surgery, I began to experience dreams that I had resigned my university tenure and gone back to pastor a church, nightmares that left me panicked and afraid. Dear God, what have I done? Why would I ever leave what I love? So, I would wrestle myself awake, tell myself that…

Breaking News… 75 Years ago: Tomorrow

On June 27th, 1943, seventy-five years ago tomorrow, the Hatter family drove from their home in Handley, Texas (between Arlington and Fort Worth) to Waco, Texas, to visit Granny and Grandad Hatter. It was a Sunday morning, so as always, the first thing they did upon arrival was to go to church. Robert…

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