It’s not often that you get the chance to say a significant “thank you” to a beloved teacher. I was given that rare opportunity this fall.

John Castelein was my professor and advisor in my MA program at Lincoln Christian Seminary a number of years ago. John announced that he’d be retiring at the end of this academic year, and two of his former students–and my colleagues: Chris Simpson and Steve Cone–secretly began to compile a Festschrift in John’s honor.

Chris and Steve reached out to several of John’s former students and asked if they’d be willing to contribute an essay for the project. I made the cut (barely, probably) and wrote a personal reflection of my time with John. Not only did I study with him in the classroom and on my research paper, but John was also my preacher at Lincoln Christian Church for a season.

Several friends and LCU colleagues also contributed to the book. You’ll find it on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions.