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Dr. Keith Stanglin

Keith Stanglin is associate professor of Historical Theology at Austin Graduate School of Theology. Before coming to Austin Grad in 2012, he taught at Harding University for seven years. He is an alumnus of Harding School of Theology (M.Div.) in Memphis, Tennessee, and of Calvin Theological Seminary (Ph.D.) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author or editor of six books, and he has published many articles in the field of historical theology. In addition to anything historical, he is interested in Arminius and Arminianism, the history of biblical interpretation, and liturgical theology. Keith is married and has three children. Email me (stanglin@austingrad.edu).
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"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

Postman Still Delivers: Amusing Ourselves to Death

Posted by Dr. Keith Stanglin on May 8, 2018 at 10:22 AM

Back in January, I had the privilege of speaking at the Northwest Expositor’s Seminar just outside of Portland, Oregon.  In addition to the main topic that I was invited to address, I was also asked to be prepared to recommend and briefly summarize a few books that are outside my field of scholarship.  In reality, almost nothing that is non-fiction is really irrelevant to a historical theologian.  But I get the idea—something not directly about church history or Christian theology.  

In fact, I quite enjoyed the preparation and came ready to talk about some of my favorite books.  Sadly, and for no apparent reason, I became violently ill and was prevented from speaking for only that one session.  The next day, after my recovery, I even offered to abbreviate my final session in order to make room for some book recommendations, but no one took me up on the offer.  So here I provide something that I would not have done in the limited time I had there—a selective summary of and then brief riff on themes related to Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business(1985).

(If you have never read this book, please, don’t delay, open a new browser window right now and go purchase this book.  Then come back and continue reading.)

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Topics: Technology, Neil Postman, Television, Amusing Ourselves to Death, Brave New World

More Effective Ministry

Posted by Dr. Keith Stanglin on April 5, 2018 at 9:17 AM

I was recently intrigued by a student who shared with me his primary reason for coming to study at Austin Graduate School of Theology.  While heavily involved in prison ministry, he found himself on the receiving end of questions that he had a hard time answering.  And these inquisitive prisoners, who had quite a bit of free time on their hands for reading and contemplating, asked some tough questions. The prison minister admitted that he was getting tired of saying, “I’ll get back with you on that one,” and he sensed a little frustration from the prisoners who also noticed this continuing refrain.  He acknowledged that he needed to be better equipped if he was going to benefit these men.  But who is there to answer the minister’s questions?

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Topics: Teaching Moment, Seminary, Effective Ministry

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