Doctor of Ministry

I’ve passed my doctoral defense and have sent my thesis-project to the South Hamilton campus. Praise God! I plan to graduate on May 9, 2009. 

When I entered the D.Min program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. I did so to study with a legend, Dr. Haddon W. Robinson. Haddon is the dean of preaching. He taught homiletics at Dallas Theological Seminary for a long time. He was president of Denver Seminary for a few years also. Haddon Robinson taught many preachers the ins and outs of preaching. One of his most famous students was the greatest preacher in America (in my opinion) Dr. Tony Evans, Senior Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. Haddon Robinson is one of the architects of Radio Bible Class. Haddon has made an impact on the field of preaching that few will ever make. It was a blue-collar professor, Dr. Dan McClallen at Southwestern that first turned me onto Haddon, who is a blue-collar man himself. He appeals to the average person, not just the big names. 

As I have interacted with Haddon Robinson, my life has become richer. My ministry philosophy, especially preaching, has been shaped deeply. What did I learn from Haddon Robinson? And his teaching team: Duane Litfin, Don Sunukjian, and Sid Buzzell

1. Character is an indispensable preaching quality that is mostly unseen, but is greatly seen if compromised. 

2. Expository preaching is still the best way to communicate God’s word to people. 

3. Literary form is important. If God shaped His word, my messages should follow His form.

4. Boring people with preaching is a sin. 

5. Doctoral work is far better than masters work. 

6. Preaching in front of Haddon Robinson is not fun. I got busted out in the second residency. Then I went to lunch with Haddon. Haddon is friendly, but brutally honest when something “doesn’t work.” 

7. Duane Litfin is right on Ps. 127 no matter what. It’s a two point outline (look at the form of the passage). I still feel sorry for the two students who were told by Litfin to use the form of the text, yet they had to FORCE a three point outline on the text.

8. Haddon is still the dean of preaching. 

So much more can be written, but this is enough. I’m trying to get back into blogging some now that I’m finished with my D.Min Thesis.  I highly recommend Gordon-Conwell. It’s a great seminary.

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3 Comments on “Doctor of Ministry”

  1. Darryl Says:

    Great reflections that echo much of what I learned. It’s hard to overstate how much I benefited (and continue to benefit) from Haddon’s example and teaching.

  2. Eddie Says:

    Congratulations, I can’t tell you how proud of you
    we all are. Not just for the accomplishment, but for
    your unyielding commitment to your beliefs.

    Love you a lot.

  3. Patti Says:

    Dr. Stoddard, congratulations! I’m so proud of you.


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