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Casey Tamez

Casey Tamez is the former Recruitment Communications Coordinator at Austin Graduate School of Theology and was elected to serve as student body president for the 2015-2016 school year. She is currently working on her Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies at Austin Grad and has previously worked as an academic advisor for San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas, activities coordinator for the SAC Christian Student Center, and middle school English teacher for Redland Christian Academy in Homestead, Florida. She is an alumnus of Abilene Christian University (BA) and the Adventures in Missions program and is very interested in Spiritual Formation.

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Women in Church: A Pioneer for Women in Church Leadership

Posted by Casey Tamez on February 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM

This past week I met a lady who sparked something inside of me.  Please welcome Karen Alexander as the newest recipient of the Living Stones Award

As a woman caught somewhere in the middle of a multitude of opinions about what women’s roles in the church today should look like, I am painfully aware of the complexities surrounding the issue. 

Much of the time I am dissatisfied with the traditional view many Christians hold.  Why must the church be one of the few areas in Christian life in which a woman should be silent?  At the same time, I can’t say I’m confident a woman should lead a flock.  Something about it seems off—and I’m not sure whether I feel this way because of truth or conditioning.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Personal, Ministry Opportunities, Living Stones Award Recipients

Influencing Culture: The Relevant Preacher

Posted by Casey Tamez on January 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Most of us have a favorite preacher we love to listen to.  If we’re lucky, that preacher is the guy standing at the pulpit every Sunday morning. 

He’s the guy at our lunch table on occasion, the one we meet at church for Saturday morning service projects, and whose blog we’re avid readers of because his thoughts are too insightful to be passed over for Facebook.  While honoring the generations of his parents and grandparents, he’s also culturally relevant—and the guy you go to for a book about society’s latest issue.

If that isn’t enough, he’s also the guy we turn to for consolation when a loved one passes.  He’s there to pray with us when we’re struggling.  He’s on call when there’s a problem.  He takes care of his family with faithfulness and love, and because you’re part of his spiritual family, he does his best to make you feel loved too.

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Topics: Living Stones Award Recipients

Help Austin Grad Students Get to Israel

Posted by Casey Tamez on November 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM

This year is a big year for the student association at Austin Graduate School of Theology.  Our primary goal is to provide events to help encourage community on campus and also contextualize our studies.   We are in the midst of inviting speakers to cover special topics the church faces and simultaneously planning a trip to Israel. 

The Israel trip will be a study tour and certainly the biggest activity of the year!  It is our belief that our faith and understanding of scripture will deepen by exposure to biblical cities and sites of historical significance.  Austin Grad’s Old Testament scholar and professor, Dr. Mark Shipp, has helped us develop an itinerary and will also lead a group of 11 students through 15 locations over the course of 10 days during spring break.

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Topics: About Austin Grad

Prisoner of the Lord

Posted by Casey Tamez on October 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Though it is 2,000 years from the time the letter to the Ephesians was written, its message rings just as powerfully today as it did then.  It is a letter from a prisoner of Christ to his brethren to lead lives worthy of their calling.  It entreats the church to unity and love, at the cost of obedience and self-denial.  Alive and active, it is a message made visible by a man named Russell Briley, a modern day prisoner of the Lord.

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Topics: Ministry Opportunities, Living Stones Award Recipients

An Aroma of Christ

Posted by Casey Tamez on September 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM

In 2 Corinthians 2:14-15, Paul describes Christians as “the aroma of Christ to God” spreading a fragrance of knowing God among people being saved and also perishing. In our world of potent smells, both pleasant and polluted, a man who embodies this scripture goes by the name of Kurt Boyland.

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Topics: Living Stones Award Recipients

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