Dissertation committee insight

Don’t choose a “safe” dissertation committee. Choose committee members who see and believe in the potential of your work! Never knew how important working with dissertation committee members are to stretching your own creativity and vision! So thankful.

advice & tips on prospectus defense preparation:

I wrote this up for a friend who is defending his prospectus soon. So sharing it here. This is what I did or how I would prepare if I were doing it again…

I jotted down reflections to the following questions in my journal.

Be prepared to say –

  1. if/as you feel important, give very brief description of the way you came to your topic,
  2. why your topic or question is important to address
  3. how the way you intend to answer questions is valuable and necessary, i.e., your contribution is unique and that it is necessary for the discipline.

 

ABD – all but dissertation

Yes, I am officially ABD (all but dissertation)!  So this means I have fulfilled all the requirement for Ph.D. degree except for writing and defending the dissertation!  To get here, I completed course work, took comprehensive exams, wrote and defended a prospectus (proposal for dissertation), and got my prospectus officially approved!  ABD are the best three letters for a doctorate student, second to PhD!  Yay!

For you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety

Sharing Psalm 4 here, which has been on my heart. Sleeping in peace every night is a blessing I often take for granted. But many of my friends don’t sleep well. In fact, most of my close friends don’t sleep well. I’ve been recommending this Psalm hoping this Psalm could be of comfort and bring peaceful sleep.

Good night, my friends.

Good night, friends I have yet to meet.

May you be at peace and sleep so that you will be restored by rest and have courage and strength to face tomorrow.

I recommend reading it over and over for desired effect. 😴

Peace

– – –

Psalm 4

Confident Plea for Deliverance from Enemies.

To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

1 Answer me when I call, O God of my right! You gave me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer.

2 How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame? How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?

Selah

3 But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.

4 When you are disturbed, do not sin; ponder it on your beds, and be silent.

Selah

5 Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord.

6 There are many who say, “O that we might see some good! Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!”

7 You have put gladness in my heart more than when their grain and wine abound.

8 I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

daily struggle: “make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation”

I am a morning riser.  I can’t stay up late, and start getting sleepy around 9 pm!  So I look forward to each morning when I wake up, refreshed on most mornings, and looking forward to a new day.  Past week, however, I wake up and feel a bit lost.  It’s been difficult to focus and to achieve sustained concentration level required to study.  So I wonder, how can I calm down and take advantage of the morning hours that I am alert for to try to be productive?

The answer I think is psalms.  Reading psalms, I think will be my remedy.  I feel lost and this seems to be a human condition we all share, especially during such days of unsettling political, ecological, and moral climate.  If you find you are feeling lost, more than usual, I invite you to read psalms with me as you start your morning.  Maybe even after reading and praying through the psalms, you will still feel at a loss.  But at least God will hear our prayers through the words of the psalmist that we lift up.

This morning, I am just going to meditate and pray these words:

“make haste to help me,
    O Lord, my salvation.”  (Psalm 38:22)

Lord, come quickly to my aid.  Lord, come quickly to our aid.  That’s my prayer this morning.  I will have that on repeat in my mind, soul, and heart.

Whose church is WillowCreekCC?

Past couple days I read about Willow Creek Community Church where I have attended church and the church that listen to and attend Sunday services regularly online.  I am saddened.

He’s a Superstar Pastor. She Worked for Him and Says He Groped Her Repeatedly.

Willow Creek Church Says It Will Investigate Its Powerful Pastor, Bill Hybels

Whose church is WillowCreekCC?  If the answer is God, then God, grant us courage and faith!

 

 

The Threat of Statelessness

Hannah Arendt states in The Origins of Totalitarianism that statelessness leads to rightlessness for persons. Basic privileges like owning a home or legal rights, such as being protected by the government start being stripped away.  It’s not only in their country that they lose rights, but as a stateless person, they lose rights in all countries.

Here’s what’s at stake with losing rights of citizenship: “Not only did loss of national rights in all instances entail the loss of human rights; the restoration of human rights, as the recent example of the State of Israel proves, has been achieved so far only through the restoration or the establishment of national rights” (The Origins of Totalitarianism, 299).

This article:

Trump’s New Target in the Politics of Fear: Citizenship

by John Ganz (7/23/2018, NYTimes) talks about the relevance of Hannah Arendt today.  The author of the article, John Ganz, argues that making citizenship a right that cannot be taken away is necessary to protect rights of the citizens.

I’ve been reading Hannah Arendt’s argument on the statelessness and what that entails.  So I was elated to read this article.