If you are considering church planting as a vocation, then you're invited to visit with Charles Kiser about a new apprenticeship program in church planting. Charles is director of training for Mission Alive -- a premier, discipleship-based, church planting organization.
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.”
Austin Graduate School of Theology alumna Linda Egle is passionate to serve and be on mission for the Lord. She does this by bringing opportunity and hope to women across the world through the organization she founded, Eternal Threads. Eternal Threads is a nonprofit organization based in Abilene, Texas. The organization helps women in impoverished countries support their families and improve their livelihoods with their handiwork in sewing and tailoring.
Eternal Threads is able to partner with these women and provide a market for them to sell their goods in the United States. Linda started this work with women in India and has since expanded into additional countries including Nepal, Thailand, Madagascar, and Afghanistan. Part of this vision for Eternal Threads came from Linda’s desire to connect women in the developed world to women in these underdeveloped nations.
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.
I'm flying Rabbi Dr. David Rudolph in next Tuesday April 4th to speak in my Christian Encounters with other Cultures class. Since I'm bringing him from a distance, I'd like to open the class to a bit broader audience. Please consider joining us. Read on for the details.