Another Up-Date!

Greetings to you 2 or 3 people who actually read my blog! I hope this Christmas season would be one that would draw you and your family closer to the Triune God during the time when the eternal Logos took upon Himself flesh to bear the sins of humanity.

I thought it about time to give you another up-date.

Tracy and I are doing very well despite the distance between us. The wedding is scheduled for July 26, 2008 and it will be Scottish themed. I’m going to wear a kilt! Don’t worry, I will post a picture of it for you all to see! Her background is the clan Fraser and mine is Lamont so we are making the wedding Scottish including shortbread, wildflowers, and hopefully a piper! Please continue to pray for the two of us as we grow in our relationship with one another and with our Lord.

Tomorrow is my last day working here at Toronto Baptist Seminary. It is with mixed feelings I leave. Administration was never something I wanted to do long term, but I will miss interacting here with the staff, faculty, and the students. I love my family and will look forward to being with them, but I do hope it is only for awhile! I do trust the Lord would put me in the place of His choosing for ministry, and at the very least, get me a job until then! There are possibilities of ministering at churches in Toronto, Peterborough, Grand Rapids, and in New Jersey. Please pray that the Lord would make it clear to both myself and Tracy and to the church where the Lord wants us. Please pray for work in the meantime.

Many of you know that I dropped out of the PhD program at the University of Wales due to funding issues. We are exploring another option which is to do the PhD at Leiden University in Amsterdam. They do not charge tuition to PhD students! I would most likely be changing focus from Andrew Fuller to John Gill and his response to Enlightenment thinking. This appeals to myself, Dr. Haykin (who would serve as a co-supervisor) and my potential supervisor at Leiden. We are in the beginning stages of the pre-application procedure and would covet your prayers.

I think that about wraps it up folks. A lot of prayer is needed from you my friends. Please pray for the Lord’s will to be revealed to us in all of these areas.

Many blessings this Advent season!

6 Responses to Another Up-Date!

  1. cdbrauns says:

    Thank you for the update. I look forward to hearing how God leads and pray that you will be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God – – that you and Tracy’s love will increasingly be filled with knowledge and depth of insight.

    I was reading only yesterday how encouraged John Murray said he was in WWI when he saw the Scottish kilts coming forward in battle (in his collected works, vol 3 I think) – – so Murray probably would have liked your wardrobe choice.

    Matthew 1:21.

  2. allenmickle says:

    Thanks Chris… and if Murray would have approved we must be moving in the right direction!

  3. Bob McCabe says:

    Hi Allen,

    Thanks for the update and I will be curious to see how things turn out with your potential switch to Leiden University. John Gill’s response to the Enlightenment should be enlightening :)

    Your Scottish wedding sounds intriguing. My family’s dominant background is Scottish. Though I have a Scottish background and my mother was quite proud of this heritage, I think my mother and most of my Scottish relatives would insist that I not wear a kilt. Better you than me :)

  4. allenmickle says:

    Dr. McCabe,

    Yes, I too will be interested (and hopefully enlightened) on my change of course for doctoral work!

    Well, Lord willing you’ll be able to come to the wedding (as I plan to invite you and your wife)! Then you’ll get to see me and laugh at me in my kilt. I hope it is better me than you!

  5. thomasgoodwin says:

    Gill’s response to the Enlightenment? Hmmm … sounds like you had to shift the scope to satisfy the supervisor! Hope it works out.

  6. allenmickle says:


    Well, Michael had offered it to her as an option. I think it would be still quite an interesting option, even though it does appeal to her. I can still incorporate work of Gill on the Fathers in it, especially in Gill’s work on the Trinity where he deals extensively with the Fathers. I hope it works out too. She’s evaluating some of my work right now before she’ll decide if she’s interested in pursuing it. Keep praying!


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