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Grace and Peace: Remembering the Kingdom Work of David Worley

Posted by Dawn Bond on December 5, 2017 at 1:13 PM

Grace and Peace: Essays in Memory of David Worley is a compilation of biographical essays honoring the life of a remarkable man. A man, that I must admit, I did not know before reading this commemorative work. Edited by Thomas H. Olbricht and Stan Reid, this compilation was penned by 18 very different authors – all of whom knew David well. An honest and intimate look at one man’s life, this book is a collection of memories to be preserved and passed on for the benefit of those who grieve him now, as well as those who never knew him.

As the back cover indicates, “David Worley was an extraordinary man of many talents and interests.” In reading this work, I understand that David, like so many of us, wore many hats: husband, father, teacher, administrator, mentor, missionary, and visionary. Each of these essays gives testimony to these different facets of David’s life by those who experienced it.

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Topics: About Austin Grad, On-Topic Today, Personal, Teaching Moment

The Struggle is the Glory: Trials, Travails, and the Astros

Posted by Dr. Todd Hall on November 17, 2017 at 10:14 AM

 On November 1, 2017, it was all worth it. The struggling, the long-suffering, the disappointment of the many years all made this moment sweeter. I was suddenly aware that I was glad for the struggle. Glad for the broken TV remotes, for the moments of absolute heartbreak. I savored the hurt now in light of the glory.

I suppose I should explain what I’m talking about: I grew up in Houston. That’s probably enough for you to understand what I’m getting at, but I’ll explain for those of you who grew up in, say, Dallas, or Pittsburgh. This means the sports teams I’d loved my whole life specialized in tearing my heart out. Oh, the Rockets had responded to the “choke city” label (placed on them by the Houston Chronicle after they’d gone down 0-2 to the Suns in the Semi-Finals) by brilliantly defeating the Knicks in 7 in the finals, and followed that up with a sweep of Shaquille O’Neal’s Magic the next year. Glorious days, those.
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Topics: Personal, Teaching Moment

Edelweiss, Rosmarie von Trapp, and tel Tamar

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on November 10, 2017 at 8:28 AM

I was six years old when Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “The Sound of Music” was first performed on Broadway in 1959, starring Mary Martin. I was a few years older when the movie, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, came out in 1965. “The Sound of Music” is the musical adaptation of the story of the von Trapp family singers, who escaped from Austria after the Nazi invasion in 1938. “The Sound of Music” has gone on to become one of the most beloved musicals in American theatrical history.

Fast forward to 2004, at the Israeli community of En Hazeva in the Negev Desert, at the juncture of hwy. 90, the Eilat highway, and 227, that takes you to Dimona and Beer-Sheba, at the archaeological site of Tel Tamar. While there I met Maria and Georg von Trapp’s daughter, Rosmarie.
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Topics: Personal, Teaching Moment

A Cloud of Witnesses: A Centennial History of Austin Grad

Posted by Dr. Libby Weed on October 31, 2017 at 9:30 AM


Maggiano’s Little Italy bustled with activity on Thursday, October 19, as about 180 supporters of Austin Graduate School of Theology gathered to relish delectable Italian dishes, enjoy good company and delightful entertainment, and celebrate 100 years of Austin Grad history.

In the course of the evening, those assembled heard about some highlights of the institution’s history and learned that a volume detailing Austin Grad’s century of service entitled A Cloud of Witnesses: A Centennial History of Austin Graduate School of Theology will be off the press near the end of this centennial year. This article summarizes highlights of that history.

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Topics: About Austin Grad

A Man Who Shaped Austin Grad's 100-year History: Gene Patterson

Posted by Marshall Jennings on October 26, 2017 at 9:30 AM


What is the legacy of a first class Bible Teacher?

In 1959, forty-two years into the life of the University of Texas (UT) Bible Chair at University Avenue Church of Christ, Gene Patterson arrived with his young family in Austin, Texas and took on the role of Bible Chair Director and Campus Minister until 1971.  

The photo shows Gene and wife Lucretia as they appeared in 1960.

When I met Gene in 1961, he was well prepared as a student and a teacher of the Bible. 

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Topics: About Austin Grad

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