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Dear Pastor, May I conduct research at your church?

Here's what it will require of you:

  • Invite me to preach a sermon from Ezra-Nehemiah at your church some time this summer (or late spring). 

  • Send an email to your congregation, inviting congregants who listened to the sermon to participate in a focus group that I will conduct on Zoom.

The sermon I would preach at your church

Your choice of one from the following three options:

Click on the sermon title above for more information about each sermon.

Why It Matters (video)

The Focus Group Interview on Zoom

  • I will ask you to send this email to your congregation, inviting them to participate.

  • I will conduct the interview some time during the week following the Sunday on which I preach at your church.

  • The topic of discussion will be the application points of the sermon. I will be asking participants to discuss their street level experiences living as a Christian in a secular culture. Where do they feel pressure to assimilate to the patterns of the world?

  • My goal is to have approximately seven to ten people attend the focus group interview.

Sundays on which I'm available to preach (this list last updated Mar 7, 2023)

  • April 16

  • May 28 (Memorial Day weekend)

  • Jun 4

  • Jun 18 (note this is Father's Day)

  • Jun 25

  • July 2

  • July 9

  • July 16

How to sign up (my contact info)

  • Choose a date on which I would preach at your church and send your choice to me by text (315-480-0407) or email (

  • Since you don't know me personally yet, if you would be interested, prior to confirming a date, we could converse by phone or Zoom--you could ask me anything you like.

More about me and this research project

  • My bio on my church website.

  • My CV.

  • More about my research project.

  • My completed dissertation should be available in late 2024; however, prior to that time I will share a summary of my research findings with all participating churches.

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