I got my acceptance letter today, for my next doctorate. I'll be doing a D.Phil through Christ Church, Oxford, with my first residency there (2 weeks) in July (reasons for pursuing this are here).

I'll be editing my D.Min dissertation into the D.Phil, with large amounts of new writing. My focus will be on producing a theological sociology of church.

Within that I'll be suggesting that the church has a sociological focus that is causing it to keep forming church in ways that still do not lead to genuine mission and community engagement, and suggesting that the theological sociology of Deitrich Bonhoffer and theology of Luther, offer us a way to address this problem.

Or in short how does the theological sociology of Bonhoffer help us engage in genuine mission as church communities. If you know any one working in this area, please let me know!

Seems Christ Church: - produced thirteen British prime ministers (the most recent being Sir Alec Douglas-Home in 1963–1964). - is the setting for parts of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, as well as Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. - has been used in the filming of the movies of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. - the city of Christchurch, New Zealand is also named after it.