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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 (
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Recent Posts

What is a Sabbatical? And What Mine Looked Like

Posted by Dr. Keith Stanglin on April 18, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Thanks to the administration and faculty of Austin Grad, I was granted a sabbatical for this spring semester.  I have heard from reputable sources that, once upon a time, sabbatical meant rest.  A faculty sabbatical was a time to catch up on necessary reading, to recharge the batteries, and, if so inclined, to write an article or a book.  If sabbatical ever meant something like extended vacation, it is such no longer. 

The last sabbatical that I took was granted by Harding University in 2011, during which my family spent about seven months in San Diego.  There at Point Loma Nazarene University I worked on my book that was published in 2012, while my family mostly played.

For this sabbatical, I chose to stay in residence in Austin.  And when I say “chose,” I mean “was coerced.” 

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Topics: About Austin Grad, Personal

The Thessalonian Church: A Cause for Rejoicing

Posted by Dr. Keith Stanglin on February 2, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Paul tells the Thessalonians to "always rejoice" (I Thess. 5:16).  How could they always rejoice?  How can we? 

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Topics: Scripture Passage, Worship, New Testament, Science

The Resurgence of Calvinism

Posted by Dr. Keith Stanglin on January 19, 2017 at 9:30 AM

In 2009, Time magazine called “New Calvinism” one of the “10 ideas changing the world right now.”  This resurgence was famously documented in Collin Hansen’s book from 2008, Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey with the New Calvinists.  The movement has certainly changed the face of evangelicalism.  Take, for example, the largest Protestant denomination in this country, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).   


Pictured: Jonathan Edwards

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Topics: Restoration Movement, Calvinism

Arminianism in Brazil

Posted by Dr. Keith Stanglin on November 3, 2016 at 9:30 AM

In August I had the pleasure of visiting Brazil.  Although it was my fourth time in Brazil, it was my first time to be invited for what amounted to a book tour.  Here’s how it happened.

Recently, there has been a resurgence of Arminianism in Brazil.  Wait.  Let me back up a bit.  For the past few years, there has been a resurgence of Calvinism in evangelicalism.  (This is something I intend to discuss in later posts.)  This resurgence of Calvinism has reached Latin America, including Brazil.  And wherever “five-point Calvinism” goes, resistance to it follows close behind.  Thus, the resurgence of Arminianism, as a form of anti-Calvinism, in Brazil.

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Topics: Personal, Church History, Arminianism

Lewdness in Politics? Say It Isn’t So!

Posted by Dr. Keith Stanglin on October 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Donald Trump’s lewd and outrageous comments from 2005, released just before the second presidential debate, have sparked widespread condemnation as well as frequent media commentary on how to protect our children from such topics. 

Watching the evening news and presidential debates used to be a way to introduce children to what’s going on the world.  In junior high English class we were assigned to watch the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and turn in our own summaries the next day.  Today, adults are not so sure.  One television morning show host suggested that she wouldn’t want kids under 18 to view the debate.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Politics

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