Are you a student or professor in biblical studies or a related area?
Do you feel certain you can contribute better to the academy or your church’s teaching ministry but have too much vying for attention to do so?
Do you know your area of specialty but struggle with managing the larger context in which your professional life sits?
Are you frustrated with minutiae but can’t see how to get them out of your way?
Are you less present than you want to be in your personal life because of professional preoccupations?
If this sounds like you, you’re in the right place.
Hi, my name is David Stark. I’m a research professor with over a decade’s experience of finding ways to work better and honing my own craft in biblical studies.
Academic programs in biblical studies often provide excellent training in content areas like Old or New Testament.
But these programs have to leave out a lot. Very often that “stuff that’s left out” is precisely what can help you hone your craft as a knowledge worker so that you can enrich your life with work and relationships of lasting value.
For biblical scholars, “craft honing” includes things like
- Productivity habits and practices to help you do biblical studies as a skilled “knowledge worker,”
- Tools and resources to make your life and work in biblical studies easier, more focused, and more fruitful,
- How to use technology to get what you need done rather than spending hours frustrated over minutiae when you could have invested that time and effort elsewhere, and
- Strategies for ensuring your life is full both in your work and beyond.
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Then, if you want to get a jump start:
- Take control of your days, and finish them satisfied with what you’ve accomplished.
- See how you can be free to focus on your most important projects.
- Learn from well-published scholars how to be a more efficient writer.
- Expand your access to material for your research and writing projects.
- Eliminate confusion over formatting authorities for SBL style.
- Stop hassling with fonts when typing biblical languages.
- Delegate your tables of contents and page number formatting to Microsoft Word.
Typically, I post one new article a week. I rotate the topics covered in this article among areas like those mentioned above.
But sometimes a topic needs more thorough treatment. In those cases, I’ll camp out on that theme in several consecutive weeks.
If you’d like to learn a bit more about me, my background, and my current projects, take a look at my curriculum vitae.
If you’d like to join a course I’m teaching, take a look at what’s upcoming.
If you have something specific you’d like to get in touch about, I’d love to hear from you in a comment here on the blog, or you can email. I’ll be happy to get back with you, though please do understand if it happens to take some time given what else is in the queue.
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