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"One Is Too Small a Number" and Other Lessons I have Learned

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on September 20, 2018 at 9:26 AM

 

A chapel talk originally delivered at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, September 10, 2018.

My vocational journey can be summed up in four lessons I have learned: to pray and seek guidance for direction; one is too small a number to ever achieve success; grasp tradition with one hand, while seeking new ways to express those traditions; and look for a need in your community or church and try to fill that need. I learned these four lessons as I sought to find a way to use music in ministry and especially in the development of the Timeless Psalter/commentary project.

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Topics: Timeless, Metrical Psalters, Vocational Ministry

"Ecumenism in a Post-Christian Society" Austin Graduate School of Theology – First Things Lecture

Posted by Dr. Keith Stanglin on September 11, 2018 at 10:55 AM

 

I am pleased to announce the fourth annual Austin Graduate School of Theology – First Things Lecture, to be held in Austin, Texas, on Monday, October 8, at 7:00 p.m.  This year’s speaker will be Ephraim Radner.  Radner is Professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College, an evangelical seminary of the Anglican tradition at the University of Toronto.

Austin Graduate School of Theology is excited to cooperate in this lecture once again with First Things, which is one of the most widely read and influential religious journals in the United States.  As an ecumenical endeavor—featuring regular contributions from Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and evangelical Protestant writers—the publication shares many of the same concerns dear to the original Restoration Movement.  The journal also shares much in common with Austin Grad in particular, whose mission is to promote knowledge, understanding, and practice of the Christian faith by equipping Christians and churches for service in the Kingdom of God.

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Topics: About Austin Grad, First Things Lecture, Events

New Issue of Christian Studies Now Available!

Posted by Dr. Keith Stanglin on August 31, 2018 at 12:55 PM

Consistent with Protestant churches, Churches of Christ have rejected the five so-called false sacraments and accepted baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the proper sacraments of the church.  Last year’s issue of Austin Grad’s faculty journal, Christian Studies, was focused on the theme of baptism.  As a follow-up to those reflections, the new issue of Christian Studies (available online here) is devoted to the “Eucharist,” the early church’s favorite word for holy communion.  To distinguish it from the self-centered meal that the Corinthian Christians were celebrating, Paul called this meal the “Lord’s Supper,” reminding the church who should be at the center of this practice.
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Topics: Communion, Lord's Supper, Eucharist, Christian Studies

The Letter and Spirit of Biblical Interpretation: A New Book

Posted by Dr. Keith Stanglin on August 20, 2018 at 10:42 AM

When people have asked me what I am reading about, or which course I am teaching this fall, or what my most recent book is about, and my answer is the “history of interpretation,” I have noticed a facial expression that, as a historical theologian, I have become accustomed to seeing.  Their look, or sometimes their accompanying explanation of it, conveys the message that both history and interpretation are sufficiently boring on their own, and the combination of the two must be dreadful. 

To ask about the history of biblical interpretation, however, is to ponder very important questions for our own day.

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Topics: Church History, biblical interpretation, Church Fathers

What is "the Way"? Part 2: Rediscovering the "Ancient Way" of Hebrew Hope

Posted by Dr. Daniel Napier on July 18, 2018 at 2:20 PM

In order to grasp the deep roots of "the Way" in Israel’s past, I will ask you to sequentially follow a series of clues in Scripture. By following these hints and allusions, we will peel back the temporal onion to reveal the core significance of the early Christian’s self-description as "the Way." So, returning to Paul’s words in Acts 24:14–16, we find the language of ancient philosophic practice overlapping with unmistakably Hebraic emphases.

 

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Topics: Teaching Moment, Discipleship, The Way

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