PhD Update

April 18, 2008

Well… you’re all looking at an official PhD researcher at Leiden University! The faculty at Leiden presented their case to the admissions board and here I am now! Officially accepted! So, most likely you’ll be hearing more on this blog about John Gill, the Trinity, and the Enlightenment! Keep praying for me!

Personal Up-date

April 8, 2008

Greetings all!

Plans are well under way for the wedding on July 26, 2008. Dresses and tuxes and everything are ordered, the piper is in place, and the music is being picked. We’re doing well and really looking forward to that day! That is part of the reason I have been neglecting my blog of late!

Please keep that in prayer. Also please pray about Leiden University for me. I had been initially accepted by the faculty but now the admissions department is denying me because they say my master’s work and my undergrad work is not acceptable because they were not accredited. Please pray hard about this! The dean of faculty is personally trying to convince the admissions department to accept me despite this issue.

Please also continue to pray for wisdom when it comes to potential ministry positions.  Many tough decisions to make in the near future and Tracy and I would covet your prayers of discernment and wisdom!

I hope to start posting again soon as soon as I get the next issue of Eusebeia edited for Michael!

John Gill, Leiden University, and Me!

February 21, 2008

Greetings my couple loyal readers! I just wanted you to know that I got the word from my supervisor that I have been accepted into the PhD program at Leiden University preliminarily! As Dr Haykin said to me in an e-mail, “this is good news and cause for much rejoicing!” Please pray for me as I finish the official application items and then spend the next few years immersed in Gill and the Enlightenment!

Moving On

December 22, 2007
Well, it is almost time to move again. One day I think God will put me in a permanent place where I can put down roots.
Tomorrow is my last day here at TBS. I’ve only been here since March but have made a lot of good friends, and had many wonderful experiences here in this short amount of time. Let me tell you about a few things I will miss…
1) My funny friend Keith Edwards, Registrar and Director of Development. Sometimes I wondered if I would get any work done!
2) My hard working co-worker Debbie. This place would fall apart without her!
3) My fearless boss Michael Haykin. I will never forget his laugh that you can hear a mile away, his stories of Marxist tendencies, a case of Mountain Dew, and the endless amounts of photocopying, editing, and running to the U of T I did for him!
4) My French friends, Pierre Constant and Ruth Labeth. They brought culture to our poor band of fellows here, even though we did tease them. Never let Keith translate for someone who speaks French!
5) Kirk Wellum, who even though he disagreed with me on areas of eschatology, still represented my position faithfully in his class (since I can hear him across the hall!). “Even Mr. Mickle would agree with that!”
6) Our part-time profs like Bob Penhearow, Stephen Yuille, Paul Martin, Leah Robinson, Sheila Evans, and anyone else I’m missing who brought variety to this place!
7) The powerful preaching of Glendon Thompson, pastor of Jarvis Street Baptist Church.
8) And of course all the students… from the hard workers who had stimulating conversation with me to the ones… who didn’t… who spent more time talking about Metalocalypse than they did Traducianism!
I will miss my role I had here, but obviously God has another place for me. I will not forget you all. You have all made an indelible impression on my life and I truly hope that we will have opportunities to minister together again one day (of course I’ll still be Michael Haykin’s lackey!).
Many blessings this Christmas season! Please continue to pray for God’s place for me in ministry!

Another Up-Date!

December 20, 2007

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!

Please Pray

November 9, 2007

Please pray. I have recently realized that there are only 6 weeks until Christmas break here at TBS and thus the end of my job here. I trust the Lord will provide, but I ask you all to be praying for the Lord to open a new door for work for me especially as I am getting married next year and need to be able to take care of my family. I appreciate your care and your prayers for me. I trust the Lord has a good place for me and hope He reveals it soon!

Another Up-Date!

October 31, 2007



¬†Well, it is official! Tracy and I are engaged to be married! Tracy had thought I left on Monday to return to Toronto. Instead I was only half an hour away staying with friends. Once she was done teaching for the day on Tuesday I showed up at the door at 6:30 PM with flowers, a sonnet I had written her, and a ring. I was down on one knee when she opened the door. I could tell she was shocked to see me. I pledged my undying love for her and asked her to marry me, to which she replied “yes!” Yesterday so far it he most happiest day of my life! We’re looking forward to continuing to grow in our love for each other and our love for Christ together. Pray for us as we set out on this lifelong commitment to each other.




Another Up-Date

October 5, 2007

Well, it seems like I cannot prevent myself from posting personal issues on the blog since Mark wants an up-date on what is going on in my life! He broke it down into three things: wedding, study, pastoral. Let me break them down for you further…


Well, things are going great between Tracy and I. In fact, they are going better than great! Tracy and I have been continuing to grow in our relationship with one another and moving more and more together in a serious way. Therefore, on October 27, I plan on seeking her father’s permission formally to marry her. She knows this so we’re all praying about it very hard. Then, probably sometime in November, I will propose (pending a positive verdict from Mr. Kuehne!). In fact, I took the ring to the jeweler last night to have resized!


Well, unfortunately I have had to put my studies officially on hold at the University of Wales. To be honest, it was a simple issue of finances. They wanted money, and I didn’t have any to give them. Dr. Haykin has tried to convince me to go down to Southern with him and do my PhD there, but even though that sounds very appealing, I’m not convinced it is going to work out. So, until the Lord finds it good to put me in a job that pays more, official studies are out of the question.


Many know that I was candidating at a church in New Jersey recently. After some last minute thinking and praying and seeking of wisdom from my “council of the wise” Tracy and I decided that church was not a good fit for us right now at this stage in our lives. So we continue to pray for the Lord to open doors. My time here at TBS ends the end of December with the departure of Dr. Haykin to Southern. Therefore, we are earnestly seeking the Lord’s will for ministry. There are a few options we are working on, but trust it will be in the Lord’s timing.

I know both Tracy and myself would covet your prayers in all three of these areas. Many blessings!