Prayer and PhD Work

I am reading through a number of books at the moment. One is Richard Foster’s, Sanctuary of the Soul: Journey into Meditative Prayer. While I appreciated his Celebration of Discipline, I wish I could “journey” with him in prayer in his new book.  However, I simply cannot see his path.

Ben Witherington III, Is There a Doctor in the House?: An Insider’s Story and Advice on Becoming a Bible Scholar, is a profitable little book.  If you are a PhD student below are two gems of advice that Witherington offers:

Beware of displacement activities instead of concentrating hard on researching and writing the dissertation. Beware of working on a PhD in procrastination” (italics original. Is There a Doctor in the House?: An Insider’s Story and Advice on Becoming a Bible Scholar, 31).

“Research by Christian is never done just for its own sake, or even just to advance knowledge in a given field. It is done in service to the Lord and to his church. I must confess I’m sometimes baffled by some Christian NT scholars who are perfectly content to just talk to small circles of like-minded experts without any sense of responsibility to share their knowledge with a broader audience—indeed with the church” (ibid., 84).

I am also reading Fair Game by Valerie Plame Wilson and The Company We Keep: A Husband and Wife True Life Spy Story by Robert and Dayna Baer.  Both are true stories that chronicle the lives of CIA operatives.  Not much here to blog about for OT studies or PhD students…but I’ll keep looking :).

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