Sabbatical Begins Today

My sabbatical begins today and will conclude on June 30, 2018. It is not a twelve month vacation, nor is it retirement!

It is time set aside for research and writing. During this period, my relationship with Urshan Graduate School of Theology is professor of biblical studies on sabbatical.

My foremost project is to complete the second volume of my commentary on Psalms. The first volume, titled The Messiah in the Psalms, covers Psalms 1-72 in 382 pages. It was published by WAP Academic, a division of Word Aflame Press, in 2007. The second volume will cover Psalms 73-150, again exploring their messianic content. I have already written my comments on Psalms 73, 74, 75, 78, 110, and 132, so I have only seventy-two more psalms to tackle!

I have completed two additional books that should be published by the time of the 2017 general conference of the United Pentecostal Church International. The first is a book titled Looking Forward: A Clear View of Biblical Prophecy, to be published by Word Aflame Press.

The second is titled Andrew D. Urshan: A Theological Biography. I finished proofreading the galleys for this book two days ago. It is a revision of my doctoral dissertation with the Regent University School of Divinity (2011), and it will be published by Emeth Press as a volume in the Asbury Theological Seminary Series in World Christian Revitalization Movements.

In addition to these projects, I have committed to write two articles for inclusion in the Early High Christology volumes edited by Dr. Jeffrey Brickle. One will address the Messiah in the Book of the Twelve (i.e., the minor prophets). The other will explore the Christology of the book of James.

I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to spend this season focusing on the research necessary to complete these tasks. I would appreciate any prayers to give me the physical strength, leading of the Holy Spirit, and clarity of thought I will need.