Our commencement was on Saturday and I wanted to offer my warm congratulations to this year’s Th.M. graduates.
- Ben Johnson actually finished last summer and is now working toward his Ph.D. at the University of Durham under the supervision of Waltery Moberly. He did his Th.M. thesis on the intertextual connection between the Parable of the Wicked Tenants and Isaiah 5:1-7. As I understand it, the issues of intertextuality and theological readings of the text remain key interests for Ben in his doctoral program.
- Tin Nguyen lives in the States, but he runs a ministry for new believers in Southeast Asia and travels extensively in support of that ministry. His Th.M. research focused on understanding and comparing Christian and Buddhists ways of understanding human suffering.
- Rick Parker is the pastor of a church plant (EFCA) in Corvallis, OR. Since Rick had to take a bit of a hiatus while he got the church plant off the ground, we’re very excited to see him make it across the finish line! Rick divided his research interests, focusing one project on a theological/exegetical look at Ephesians 2:6-7 and the enthronement of believers, and in the other dealing with the Piper/Wright debate on the meaning of justification.
So, congratulations to Ben, Tin, and Rick. You all did a great job in the program and we’re all very happy to see you moving on to the next stage of life. I’m particularly excited by how well your ThM research integrates with your academic and ministerial goals. That’s what it’s all about.