Sunday, March 24, 2013

Decision from SBTS

Back on January 6th I let everyone know that I had been invited to participate in the second phase of the admissions process to the EdD program at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Well, let me just say that much has happened since that post.  My family and I enjoyed a week-long vacation on a Carnival cruise that was absolutely fabulous and without incident.  In fact, the Carnival Legend was the ship on which we sailed and my wife and I were saddened to learn that this very ship experienced issues just a few weeks later.  Suffice to say we remain fans and will consider cruising as an option for future family vacations.  Call me crazy!

Having been invited I made the short journey to Louisville (which from Atlanta is a fun little drive) for the entrance exam and interview.  As one might expect, I was nervous about my visit but did feel prepared.  I was fortunate to finish a little early so had a little time to roam around the campus.  I was especially fond of the bookstore and at the time thought how much I would enjoy getting better acquainted with it.  After my interview with Dr. Timothy Paul Jones I made the drive back to Atlanta and began the wait to hear about the results of these efforts.

Fast forward a month to the receipt of a letter from Southern.  As I held it in my hand I considered what the contents would mean to me and my family.  I receive advertisements from a number of schools from time to time including Southern so the arrival of something from a school was nothing unusual.  However, it was immediately clear that this was not a piece of marketing collateral.  It was a letter.  After a few moments of hesitation, I opened it to find word that the school had accepted me into the EdD program (provisionally).  Wow!  I still have to take care of some matriculation paperwork but it appears that I will be spending the next few years much like I have the last few: studying! 

After such a positive experience earning the Master of Religious Education at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, I am eager to begin this new chapter in my education.  Of course, I will continue to provide occasional updates as my time at Southern Seminary unfolds.  To say I am excited is an understatement!  In fact, a whole range of emotions I would like to thank everyone who has prayed for me and would ask that you continue to do so.  My family and I covet the prayers of our family and friends!  To God be the glory!

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