The picture is me next to the statue of John Wesley that stands in the seminary courtyard. Silly, I know. Unoriginal, I know. Still funny….I know! The ceremonial placing of the cap on the head of Wesley was my tribute to the man and the Wesleyan heritage that has influenced in such a positive way. Bruce Ware and Mark Driscoll are keeping me from falling headlong into the Arminian camp, but I will always appreciate the positive contributions that I have received from the Asbury community and the Arminian theological tradition in general.
While I am handing out thanks, let me list a bunch…there are to many people to thank, but let me list a few people that have helped me along the way as I have finished the doctor of ministry degree.
Jenni – my friend, partner, lover, supporter and companion…I love you with all my heart
Mom & Dad – thanks for the encouragement and financial support through all three degree programs
Jeff & Jenny – you are in my heart even though you didn’t attend my graduation
PP Vreeland – thanks for the letter of encouragement and support during the three years of my course work
MM Parker – thanks for making the long haul up to KY
Wesley – I love you and look forward to watching your spiritual journey into manhood
Taylor – BAAAAHHHH…I love you more than you will ever understand
Steve – thanks for your theological influence and guidance through the dissertation
Cornerstone Church Family – thanks for the freedom for me to study and explore various dissertation themes in small groups, talks over lunch and in sermons…I love you all
Darrell – thanks for loving me like a son and treating me like a colleague…I am the pastor I am today because of your patient counsel
Brian – thanks for always making time to talk in person, on the phone and by email…no one has influenced me more
Alan & Rodney – coffee, theology & friendship…certainly one of the highlights of my week
P.G. & Aby – thanks for the constant prayers and prophetic guidance
Dawn – thanks for making me look better than I am
For everyone else, whom I have forgotten to mention by name…forgive me…and thank you!