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"O Lord, Our Lord": The Story Behind Psalm 8 in Timeless

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on April 3, 2018 at 11:20 AM

Here is another story behind one of the songs from the Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today Psalter/Commentary series. Timeless is a commentary set of all new translations and commentaries on the psalms by established Old Testament scholars for the layperson. Timeless also includes 2–3 new musical settings following each psalm to enhance worship and reflection, study and devotion. Timeless books may be purchased through acupressbooks.com, Amazon.com, or timelesspsalter.com. Professionally recorded CDs and booklets of the music may be purchased through CDBaby.com and timelesspsalter.com.

This post is by Deb Dorman, one of our more prolific composers, and tells the story behind Psalm 8: “O Lord, Our Lord, How Majestic is Your Name.”

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Topics: Psalms, Timeless

Join us for a guest lecture: The Reign of God in the Book of Daniel

Posted by Dawn Bond on April 2, 2018 at 9:47 AM

At noon on Wednesday, April 4, Austin Graduate School of Theology will host a brown-bag lecture by Dr. Choon-Leong Seow, Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible at Vanderbilt University on the topic “The Reign of God in the Book of Daniel.”

Everyone interested in the subject is welcome to bring a lunch and join us in the Hocott Student Commons.

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Topics: About Austin Grad, Scripture Passage, Old Testament, Biblical Narrative

Philosophy of Religion

Posted by Dr. Keith Stanglin on March 8, 2018 at 9:43 AM

Aristotle began his Metaphysics with the observation that people first began to philosophize out of wonder or marveling (thaumazein). 

On those rare occasions that we late modern folks find an opportunity to contemplate things away from the noise, screens, and other distractions, we, too, might experience that same ineffable sense of wonder that motivated the ancient philosophers.  We may find that the universe presents itself to us as a question.  Even when we are confident about its answer (namely, God), the solution itself may raise other questions or puzzles.

Although questions of these sorts can be addressed in any theological discipline, the discipline of philosophy of religion  is especially suited for such questions.  

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Topics: About Austin Grad, Philosophy of Religion

New Summer Course - Don't Miss Out!

Posted by Dawn Bond on March 7, 2018 at 1:13 PM



You won't want to miss this exciting new course

with Dr. Jim Reynolds!

Pastoring in an Age of Spiritual Anarchy

July 16-20, 23-27, 6pm-9:40pm

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Topics: Discipleship

How Bad Was Martin Luther?

Posted by Dr. Keith Stanglin on February 27, 2018 at 11:18 AM

In my Church History (late medieval to modern) lectures this semester, I recently finished the unit on Martin Luther and the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation.  While teaching about Luther, I was reminded of the many commemorations that took place last year on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the 95 Theses (October 31, 1517).  It seems that nearly everyone interested in church history, including yours truly, was obliged to comment on the legacy of Luther and the Reformation. 

One of the overarching themes in many of the contributions, Roman Catholic and Protestant alike, was the tragedy of the schism, which was also my point of departure in a previous blog post.  Not surprisingly, the assessments of Luther were varied across the range of bloggers and columnists.  What did surprise me, however, was how unjustly dismissive and even contemptuous some writers were toward Luther.

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Topics: Reformation Day, Protestant, Scatological, Martin Luther

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