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    « Jukin' the Stats | Main | Work and Christian Commitment »

    Done. Or, In Search of a New Hobby.

    January 26, 2011, I defended my thesis project before my advisory committee.  This past Friday, February 4, I submitted my signed acceptance and title pages to the Department of Graduate Affairs at The University of Kansas, and uploaded my thesis project through ProQuest.  By 6:00 p.m. Friday evening, I had fulfilled all of my requirements for graduation with an MA in Religious Studies.

    I'm so happy to be done.  Now, however, there is a void.  What am I to think about?  What should I read about?  On what subject will I allow my thoughts to dwell, and to what end?  I think I'm going to need a hobby.

    During my time at Kansas I've been sporadic in updating my blog.  Oftentimes, I would focus on book reviews or provide occasional commentary on a current event or an item of note.  I'd write about my life, whether it be my family or my travels.

    I wonder what you'd like to read about.  Yes, you.  The person who might read my blog.  Who subscribes via RSS.  Who clicks on my links via Facebook or Twitter.  What do you want to learn about, reflect on, or engage with?

    Whatever you write, don't think for a moment that I won't be discriminating.  One subject I plan to pursue is work.  Yet, I'd love your input.

    With graduate work now completed, I'm in need of a hobby.  Blogging will be but one of those.  And with your help, I'll have more in the hopper to consider.

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    Reader Comments (2)

    Okay, you totally called me out, I have you on my Google reader.

    What I like about your blog is that you're often looking beyond the buzzwords of Christianity to find theological approaches that are off the beaten path. It's interesting and frankly quite motivating. I guess that's not really a suggestion of a new hobby but rather that I hope you'll continue with the current approach in that way. (And, love the book giveaways. I am still reading the Good and Beautiful Community, which I have to work through slowly because it's fantastic, and I have people who are ready to read it when I'm finished).

    I'd particularly like to hear your thoughts on generational movements in the church and where you see things going re: technology, theology, and even just cultural communications.

    February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

    Ben, I'm so happy for you! Congratulations!

    I always like to see whatever you're contemplating. Oh, and I love when you share what you overhear on the bus! That's not your most serious writing, but it always makes me laugh!

    February 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjen

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