After 18 months of intensive study, having read close to 100 books, having written nearly 750 pages of graduate level theological reflection, I can finally say...it is finished!
On top of that...as I sat in the bleachers in my cap and gown reading through the commencement brochure I turned to the academic awards page and my eyes locked on to this...
The Robert E. Coleman Award in Evangelism and Leadership is given in honor of Robert E. Coleman for his internationally acclaimed career in evangelism, especially in the areas of mentoring, teaching, and preaching. The award is giving to the student who, in the judgment of the faculty has demonstrated unusual giftedness in the areas of ministry, writing, and academic excellence ~ ~ ~ James D Botts
Tears filled my eyes as I read those words. My good friend and mentor Dr. Rick Richardson presented me with this award...which was awesome since only 16 people received awards out of a graduating class of 125.
Though I graduated with honors and a 3.95 GPA, it wasn't easy! I could not have done it without the love, support and frequent forgiveness of my lovely wife Rose and three awesome boys ~ Stephen, Josiah and Daniel.
Now that my career as a full-time theological grad student has come to a close, I'll be posting on my blog more regularly. My next post will announce what God has invited the Botts family into next...hint, hint, hint...it's awesome and were are excited - click here to preview our next ministry!