For the most part, today has been stressful. Why? Because I spent it preparing for my 4pm dissertation defense. Having the whole day to do that is draining. But it was worth it. I'm glad to share the news with you all that I successfully defended my dissertation. I was so pleased to hear my doctoral supervisor, Dr. Ben Witherington, greet me back into the defense room (I had to step out for a few minutes while the profs deliberated) and say, "Dr. Halcomb, come on in." It was also nice to hear my examiner, Dr. Craig Keener, and my Reader, anthropologist Dr. Steve Ybarrola, say the same. It has been a long time coming but I'm glad that it has come! Thanks to everyone who has supported me along the way, especially my lovely wife. Blessings to you all and Merry Christmas.