Monday, May 08, 2006

It is finished...at least for a few years


Well, it's finally official: I'm a grad! Sunday night I received my diploma and finished my M.Div. That's my Dad, wife, son (notice the bulging belly) and me above. For those who haven't heard, our plans are: 1) Dawn will finish working this Friday and stay home with Noah (resting and taking care of the home until he's born). 2) I will continue working at HSBC for the next 2-5 years in the attempt to "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" in order to pay for a PhD in NT (at the University of Aberdeen if the Lord allows). 3) Meanwhile, I'll be working as a grad assistant at CBTS for the next year (part time) and doing some preparatory reading in order to go Deep and Wide in NT studies (I bet you never thought you'd see a 50 Cent movie and Deep and Wide mentioned in the same paragraph).

7 comments:

Luther's Stein said...

Nate,

Congrats on the graduation and on your awards. Julie and I are praying that you (and Hayton) stay faithful to the gospel!

Chris Bruno said...

Congratulations. I have 1 final left before I join you as a "Master of Divinity."
crb

jeileenbaylor said...

Nate---Good work. Your strong finish shows me that it IS possible... the end truly is near for us! Thanks for going ahead of us... and making all of the mistakes :o) hee hee
We love you guys and hope the best for you...

David Hayton said...

Mihelis,

Congratulations! Praise God for His many mercies of provision & perseverance.

One suggestion: forget Scotland and get your butt over to Tajikistan asap! Exert the rest of your fleeting youthful (but remarkable) mental energies on langauage and cultural acquisition (vs. another five years or so on crunching for a Ph.D.)--for the further and more needful advance of the Kingdom in areas unscathed by Gospel. While you're cramming your brain with helpful (but not necessarily essential) philosophical niceties, dozens and dozens of national pastors are emerging among Central Asian upg's who crave basic doctrinal instruction in the fundamental areas of Christology, Bibliology, and Soteriology.

Not to be too much of a jackass...I do want to put out the plea for some of you very rare Christ-centered, Word-based, God-worshipping seminarians whom I deeply admire (like you, Baylor, Logan, Pittsley, Barker, Bruno, et. al.) to become satisfied with an M.Div. and devote the rest of your youthful (and eventually elderly) energies into the equipping, maturing, and advancing of the Church among upg's.

I aknowledge (reticently b/c of my passion & selfishness) that God obviously does have a place for State-side ministry in His global plan. But really, statistics being what they are, and the Commission being what it is, shouldn't most of us (not some of us) be intentionally moving to homelands of the upg's? Moreover, if anyone is going to go, shouldn't it be sweet Jesus-centered folk like yourselves?...

Forgive me for pressuring you, or implying that somehow you would be less "Godly" to remain in the States and love Jesus and pursue a Ph.D. for the good of the Kingdom. That wasn't my intention. I just want blow the trumpet loud and often for the cause of the unreached. The time is short. Even for an a-mill'er.

Congratulations again, and many blessings upon you!

The ever-annoying Hayton

Michael F. Bird said...

Nate,
Well done. I hope things go well over the next couple of years. Find your self a wealthy benefactor and come to a PH.D in Scotland!

smlogan said...

well,
i'm not all that surprised...
you do seem to have nurtured both a strange obsession with children's songs (see previous - "my little pony" post) and a morbid interest in firearms at the same time (however that is possible). let's just hope that the first time you're shot 9xs, that you come out of it as well as 50 did.

smlogan said...

p.s. congrats of course...
(on beating the other "servant" to the stage for your award... :-)