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Dr. Stan Reid

Stan Reid became president at Austin Graduate School of Theology in 2003. He left a 25-year ministry with churches to answer this call. Stan appreciates how he and his ministry were and continue to be formed by the instruction and writings of biblical scholars, theologians, and church historians. Austin Grad’s mission and commitment to provide scholarship for the church in a responsible and practical way is very important to him. Stan earned degrees at Abilene Christian University and Perkins School of Theology (Southern Methodist University).
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How Idolatry Might Creep in During Your 4th of July

Posted by Dr. Stan Reid on June 29, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Many of us, as American citizens, will enjoy the festivities of the 4th of July. This national celebration of liberty and independence was foreseen by one of the founding fathers, John Adams. Much of what he anticipated for the national holiday came to pass and continues to be observed in communities across the country.

In two previous blog posts about the 4th of July (first one here and second here), I mused about the difference between patriotism and nationalism. Based on what I have witnessed in some church worship services, I drew on a concern expressed well by Richard Lischer. He lobbied for the removal of the American flag from the church chancel because it was a symbol of civil religion. “I patiently explained,” Lischer said, “that I had nothing against patriotism but that it was a short step from ‘God and country’ to ‘God equals country.’”

I now think that there is a more important concern for Christians and churches than the danger of allowing nationalism to invade the sacred space of the church’s worship and practices of faith. Is a time coming when the government will attempt to legislate what are acceptable and unacceptable Christian beliefs and practices? Efforts by social activists would appear to be aiming for this.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Teaching Moment, Politics

We are Gathered Here Because of One Man: In Memory of David Worley

Posted by Dr. Stan Reid on April 11, 2017 at 9:30 AM

The Austin Grad community was deeply saddened by the news received on Friday, February 10. The following announcement was emailed early that morning.

“David Worley, Jr. fell into a sweet sleep in the LORD Jesus on February 9th and will be buried in a private family service to await the resurrection of the body. A memorial will be held Saturday, February 18th at 10:00am at Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ.”

It was clear that the announcement had been written by David sometime prior to his passing. Clues included the succinct language, careful word choice, and the emphasis placed on the Lordship of Jesus and the hope of the resurrection in him.

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Topics: Personal, About Austin Grad

Words of Hope for Seasons of Distress + Free Registration for Sermon Seminar

Posted by Dr. Stan Reid on February 21, 2017 at 9:30 AM


Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord (2 Timothy 1:1-2).

The sun broke bright and clear over Washington, D.C. on the morning of January 20, 1961. The ground was covered with eight inches of snow that had fallen the night before. It was bitterly cold, but the day was bathed in a bright aura. The sunlight reflected off the snow and the marble buildings of the nation’s capital. At noon John F. Kennedy took the oath of office and became the 35th president of the United States.

Many questioned Kennedy’s ability to lead the country at such a critical time. The Cold War was heating to a boiling point with the massive buildup of nuclear arsenals. The fact that Kennedy was the youngest president ever elected and the first Catholic to hold the office also contributed to the questions. Knowing that he had been elected by the slimmest of margins in the popular vote meant that his presidency was beginning with the country divided.

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Topics: Scripture Passage, About Austin Grad, Teaching Moment, Politics

Christmas, a Sign of Hope (and a free book from us!)

Posted by Dr. Stan Reid on December 13, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Road trips during the Christmas season have become notorious for crowded highways and frustrated travelers. One website warned, “Wherever you’re heading, if you’re traveling during the holiday season, you need to realize that everyone else in the world is, too.”

In terms of holiday travel, Mary and Joseph covered a few miles during what is commonly thought of as the first Christmas. Luke, in his gospel, reports that the couple traveled from their home in Nazareth to the ancestral home in Bethlehem, then on to Jerusalem for several days, and finally back home to Nazareth. To make it more exciting, the return trip was with the newborn Jesus strapped in. And Luke does not even mention the family’s side trip down to Egypt included in Matthew’s narrative.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Scripture Passage, Politics

An Appeal to be Holy in a Wholly Sexualized World, according to Thessalonians

Posted by Dr. Stan Reid on November 1, 2016 at 9:30 AM

On Saturday afternoon, I decided to do a web search in order to find a couple of football scores for football games that I was interested in. The sports site I opened contained several advertising teasers aimed at enticing me to open other websites. The teasers were provocative pictures of women with captions couched in seductive language.

Being on the sports website was a vivid reminder that we live in a wholly sexualized world that is not holy. Paul, in the First Epistle to the Thessalonians, was cognizant of that reality and sheds light on our contemporary challenges and struggles.

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Topics: Scripture Passage, On-Topic Today

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