My name is Jim Hathaway. I am a father of two and a husband of one. Currently, I am serving the Lord as the Transitional Lead Pastor of Strathmore Alliance Church and completing my doctoral dissertation in preaching from Western Seminary. My wife and I are prayerfully looking for opportunities to ministry in the Calgary area after August 2016.
My ministry interests include preaching, biblical theology, literary approaches to scripture and helping others identify their ministry burdens. My outside interests include quality espresso, coffee roasting, cycling, rugby and 50-60’s jazz. In my free time I am trying to teach myself guitar.
Some of what I write here will be included in my doctoral dissertation which tentatively is entitled: “Chasing After the Wind or Textually Driven Exposition: Toward a Biblical Theology of Relevance in Preaching”. Despite the universal desire for relevant preaching in the Evangelical church, there is no common definition of relevance or even a common understanding of what makes a sermon relevant. Through my research and writing I hope to contribute to a clearer understanding of relevance in preaching and ultimately to relevance in all biblically oriented ministry. So, this is the place where I make my initial thoughts known. And you can help. Feel free to provide feedback as it may help me to hone my skills as a writer and preacher.
I also blog with a group of church leaders at <www.groundedinthegospel.com>