At the beginning of July, I became the first research professor that Central Seminary has ever employed. The transition from the presidency to the research professorship took a few months, but now I seem to be getting settled into a new routine. Frankly, I love what I’m doing.
During the years that I was president of the seminary, I continued to teach a full course load. That has not changed—I am still in the classroom and get to experience plenty of contact with students. When I get hungry for more, I park in a chair out in the hall and pretend to read. Almost invariably, one or more students will stop by for good conversation.
The administrative duties, however, have been taken away. In their place, I have been granted the opportunity to devote my time to research and writing. The terms of this arrangement are pretty flexible. I can work at home with minimal interruptions when I need to focus on writing. I can even work from a remote location if I wish. One of my doctoral advisers used to do some of his best work from a “writing shack” in the north woods, and I am giving serious consideration to that alternative.
This week I have been devoting myself to final edits on a book for Regular Baptist Press. The title has not been decided yet (titles typically belong to the publisher and not the author). The volume, however, is an overview of Baptist distinctives and polity.
This is the first time I’ve worked with Regular Baptist Press. Having worked with several other publishers, I have some standard of comparison. Regular Baptist Press is as helpful and easy to work with as any of them. While it has published few new volumes for several years, RBP was recently tasked with producing books that will promote the distinctive position of Regular Baptists. Consequently, RBP was looking for a book on Baptist polity and distinctives at the same time that I was beginning to write one. Read more...