Mid-way through: Reflections on Edinburgh

I am now in the middle of my second year in the PhD program at the University of Edinburgh, and it seems appropriate to reflect on my time here thus far. As I write, I am reminded that undertaking this track in my life is a gift, a calling, a privilege, and a blessing. Currently […]

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Theology, Sphere Sovereignty, and the University

In the past several weeks I read on the role of theology in the university – what is its function? Can theology be done in the university? In what way can theology be described as an academic discipline? What is distinctive of academic theology as opposed to ecclesial theology, and should there be a proper […]

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How to Apply for a PhD program

Since I’ve been getting numerous messages and emails on how to apply for PhD programs, I thought it may be useful to write up one piece on it. I realize there are way more qualified people out there to write on this topic and on academics in general (see especially Stanley Porter’s nicely written Inking the Deal), […]

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3 Problems Academic Theologians May Face In an Indonesian (Asian) Context

  Seeking to become an academic is an enormous task in itself, with unique challenges and privileges as a distinct vocation. Becoming an academic theologian, more specifically, brings with it a host of further questions with which the aspiring student must wrestle. What is the relationship between my academic work and the church? How should […]

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“We Need to be Practical” – Some reflections on Business.

Once or twice a semester I pick up a non-theological book – sometimes fiction (from novels like Orwell’s 1984 or Albert Camus’s the Plague) and sometimes non-fiction (Biographies, treatises on other subjects, collected essays of authors, or the like). This time I thought it would be fun to pick up a book on work efficiency: ReWork. A New York […]

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