I know many of you are wondering what we are doing next year. There has been so much talk about all the different options that are open to us. I thought I'd take this chance to give a little update.
Darren applied to four PhD programs for next year, but was not accepted to any of them. He applied to extremely competitive schools, and the economy impacted the openings as well (for example, PTS normally accepts 20+ PhD students each year, but this year they only had the budget for 11 students).
Our "back-up" plan has always been to apply for the Theology Master program (a one-year degree) at a few schools, but preferably staying at Princeton. However, Darren has been strongly advised to go to a different school to strengthen his application and expand his experience.
On this advise, Darren has applied to the University of Edinburgh and the University of Aberdeen (both in Scotland), in addition to Princeton Theological Seminary - all for a one-year Theology degree. Our first choice is the University of Aberdeen. Darren would get to do a year-long research thesis with John Webster (a theologian he has long admired).
So, Scotland is most likely our destination for school next year, but we are currently in a holding pattern. We expect to hear from Edinburgh in the beginning of May, but it could be the end of May before we hear from Aberdeen and PTS. We will let you know once we know anything else!
Thanks for your prayers for peace and patience, for wisdom and guidance!
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