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Blank Parchment Found in Clay Jar -- Bible Scholars Elated

Posted by Dr. Jeff Peterson on February 28, 2017 at 3:30 AM

Okay, none of the stories that recently appeared on the web about a recent discovery in the Judean desert bore quite the headline above, but it’s not too far off from the tone of some of the reports. As posted on the National Geographic website among other places, archaeologists have found a twelfth cave in addition to the eleven previously excavated near the famous ruins in the vicinity of the Wadi (i.e., “dry stream-bed”) Qumran, a stone’s throw from the northwest shore of the Dead Sea.

Inside the cave these excavators found the remains of ancient clay jars, the pickaxes used to smash them in the mid-twentieth century by previous (and less scrupulous) explorers, and scraps of the material originally stored in the jars, including no actual scrolls but only the linen in which they would have been wrapped, plus some blank parchment. Biblical scholars, and scholars in general, are stereotypically sober and cautious types, not easily excited. What, then, would lead one scholar who knows the Qumran site well to characterize such a seemingly mundane find as “hard to believe,” “truly exciting,” and “truly significant”?

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Topics: About Austin Grad, Archaeology

Marketplace Ministries at Rudy's BBQ 

Posted by Brittany Kelm on February 23, 2017 at 9:30 AM

What if more businesses employed people like Christopher Bennett whose job is to minister to other employees? 

Chris, a graduate of Austin Graduate School of Theology,  is a Team Member Care Associate at K&N Management, which owns the well-known establishments Mighty Fine Burgers and Rudy’s BBQ.  

Simply put, Chris’ work empowers people to make positive change in their lives. Whether they are wanting to excel in their career,  experiencing difficult relationships, or maybe dealing with addictions, K&N Management has created a team that’s available 24/7 to help bridge the gap between what is and what could be.

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Topics: About Austin Grad, Ministry Opportunities, Living Stones Award Recipients

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

Get Your Seminary Scholarship Contribution Matched

Posted by Neil Haney on January 18, 2017 at 9:30 AM

For the second time in two years, Austin Grad has received a matching grant for scholarships from a charitable foundation. While we are extremely grateful for this important grant and have already expressed our gratitude, the foundation has requested that their identity remain anonymous. 
The rules for the matching grant are as follows:
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Topics: About Austin Grad

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Posted by Lauren Day on December 15, 2016 at 9:30 AM

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