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What are we to do with the Baptist?

Posted by Roger McCown on October 17, 2017 at 9:30 AM


For reasons that I hope will be clear shortly, I have titled my words as “What are we to do with the Baptist?”  John the Baptist, that is.

Having been at it for a while, I can say that preaching in the church is both the easiest and most difficult thing I’ve done.  

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Topics: On-Topic Today, New Testament, Gospels, Evangelism, Baptism

Bearing Witness Through Biblical Preaching

Posted by Greg Neill on October 11, 2017 at 9:30 AM

In The Witness of Preaching, Thomas Long describes biblical preaching in the following way,

“Biblical preaching happens when a preacher prayerfully goes to listen to the Bible on behalf of the people and then speaks on Christ’s behalf what the preacher hears there.”  

The goal of The Ministry of Preaching Course (MIN 6302) at Austin Grad is to equip students with the homiletical skills needed to bear faithful witness to Christ’s gospel through the event of preaching. 

Utilizing the works of Thomas Long, Fred Craddock, and Barbara Brown Taylor students will develop their own theology of preaching. Throughout the semester, we will share thoughts and experiences on how to best preach the many genres of sacred literature found in the Old and New Testaments.  Students will have opportunities to preach to one another and to evaluate one another’s sermons. 

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Topics: Ministry Opportunities, New Testament, Gospels, Evangelism

I am with you always, to the end of the age

Posted by Dr. Jeff Peterson on October 5, 2017 at 9:30 AM

The Gospel according to Matthew, where we’ll be spending our time in chapel devotionals this semester, begins with an indication that the story of Jesus is the story of one who stands in a heritage of faith and divine promise extending back to David and beyond him to Abraham (Matthew 1:1). 

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Topics: New Testament, Gospels

Return, Restoration, and Renewal in Chronicles and Today

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on October 3, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Last week I explored restoration as a concept in the book of Chronicles and now I'm going to jump into the return, restoration, and renewal in both Chronicles and today.

One of the Chronicler’s main concerns is “all Israel,” north and south, as a unified community. To the Chronicler, Israel was an ideal entity, a twelve tribe whole, in contrast with the fractured remnants which are his reality in the post-exilic age. This concern for the restoration of all Israel and to demonstrate the continuity of the post-exilic community with pre-exilic Israel is demonstrated already in the genealogies of 1 Chron 1-9.

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Topics: Old Testament, Restoration Movement

Restoration in the Book of Chronicles

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on September 28, 2017 at 9:30 AM

It is ironic that those of us in the American Restoration Movement, who have emphasized the restoration of biblical doctrine and practices, the unity of the Spirit, and the life of faith have missed the most obvious model for restoration in the Bible. The Chronicler’s vision of restoration includes Israel as a faithful, worshipping community, a community which seeks to recover scripture, and the unity of God’s people. Nothing could be more pertinent to the ideals of Restorationism.

One of the Chronicler’s main concerns is indeed with the restoration of all Israel—politically, socially, and religiously—in the post-exilic age. The way the Chronicler promotes his concerns is by the re-telling of the biblical story from the death of Saul to the exile of Judah. The story of the kings of Judah is presented much like a medieval painting of the Passion Narrative: the characters are biblical, but their dress and ambience are medieval and out of sync with the era in which they lived. This “contemporizing historiography” served the valuable function of telling the ancient stories through the lens of modern concerns. In light of its concern for return, renewal and restoration, Chronicles should resonate strongly with those of us in the American Restoration tradition.

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Topics: Old Testament, Restoration Movement

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