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Dr. Woody Woodrow

Dr. Woody Woodrow assists with the online B.A. program at Austin Grad. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian and holds a doctor of ministry degree from ACU. He has served as chaplain for the U.S. Army, taught courses for the Bible Chair at Grayson College in Denison, Texas, and directed the Church of Christ University Center for students attending Oklahoma State. He has made numerous short-term mission trips to Zambia, Africa. He recently “retired” from preaching after 20 years at the Hillcrest Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas. He and Sandi have two sons, both married, and one granddaughter…so far!

Recent Posts

"Up with Authority"

Posted by Dr. Woody Woodrow on March 2, 2017 at 9:30 AM

In 2009, TV actor Tony Danza, star of “Who’s the Boss?” and “Taxi,” spent one year teaching 10th grade English at Northeast High in Philadelphia. Danza readily admits to being a “discipline problem” himself in high school. Subsequently, he wrote a best-selling book about his experience at Northeast: I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had.

Education, government, business, communication, transportation, sports, the military, families, churches—virtually any cooperative effort—requires authority and respect for authority.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Personal

The Uncommon Truth about Work Today

Posted by Dr. Woody Woodrow on February 16, 2017 at 9:30 AM

When I was in grad school, I preached Sundays at a little church in Truby, Texas. One of my predecessors was one of my professors (i.e., my present teacher John Willis used to preach there) whom a member from those days quoted: “To work, to have, to give.”

In 2 Thessalonians 3, Paul addresses a problem about working—members were acting irresponsibly, failing to work. In his prior letter, Paul had urged the young Christians “to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your own hands, as we charged you; so that you may command the respect of outsiders, and be dependent on no one” (1 Thess. 4:11-12).

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Topics: Scripture Passage, New Testament

Man to Man about Lust and Love

Posted by Dr. Woody Woodrow on December 8, 2016 at 9:30 AM

I suspect no text in Holy Scripture has given me more problems or produced more guilt than this one:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. So if your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better for you that one of your members be lost than your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better for you that one of your members be lost than for your whole body to go into hell” (Matthew 5:27-30).

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus addresses abuses of misinterpretation. There may have been a free-wheeling view of sexual propriety in His day that needed correction. Jesus may be targeting a loophole legalism that limited “adultery” to the physical act alone. Here He takes men to the heartthe desire and purpose of the heart: To look with lust at a woman, with “lustful intent,” Jesus says, is to violate God’s command against adultery.

I remember in early adolescence how attracted I’d become to the opposite sex. There were girls, all with wondrous features, all over school. Beyond that however, some guys I knew secretly shared images which could not be considered classic sculpture, painting, or art. This photography was produced to be provocative, to arouse desire. Which may be the defining trait of pornography—the deliberate objectification of female flesh for mass male arousal.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Personal, Relationships

Study with Austin Grad Online at Home

Posted by Dr. Woody Woodrow on October 25, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Our primary source for knowing God and His will is the Bible, God’s inspired word. If you are a Sunday school teacher, preaching minister, missionary, homeschooler, pastoral counselor, evangelist, spiritual director, prison minister, Christian educator, or serve in some other ministry role, you may sense the need for deeper, broader instruction in the word of God.

But you can’t leave your present place of service for the disciplined training you seek.

Consider joining us online!

The online B.A. in Christian Studies degree completion program provides a solid curriculum in Bible, theology, church history, and ministry.  Austin Graduate School of Theology is an accredited college “associated with Churches of Christ and in conversation with all who confess Jesus as Lord. Our mission is to promote knowledge, understanding, and practice of the Christian faith by equipping Christians and churches for service” in God’s kingdom. 

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Topics: About Austin Grad

What Does It Mean to Be Human?

Posted by Dr. Woody Woodrow on September 6, 2016 at 9:30 AM

In a classic Peanuts cartoon, Linus is sitting in front of the TV when Lucy walks in. Oblivious to her little brother she says, “Might as well turn this off… There’s no one watching it….”

Linus is aghast. “No one watching it! Whaddya mean, no one? I’m someone!”

Lucy turns and walks away. Linus is undaunted: “You come back here, and turn on this TV! If anyone is a someone, I am!!!”

Linus’s plea for recognition raises the issue of basic human respect. What does it mean to be “someone”? Why and whence our significance? What does it mean to be human?
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Topics: On-Topic Today, Scripture Passage

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