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Blessed with Nothing: The Rich Young Man in Matthew 19:16-30

Posted by Matt Porter on October 19, 2017 at 9:30 AM


The story of the rich young man in Matthew 19 has often been appropriated for the church in a moralistic way. It generally goes something like this:

We each have our own thing—something that has become, perhaps, an idol. The thing for this rich young man that blocked him from eternal life was his material wealth. This got in the way of truly loving his neighbor. What is that thing for you, which you need to give up?

Mine is coffee and Oreos (not at the same time). There, I said it.

That’s not a terrible application. It is certainly something worth reflecting upon. But I think there is more to this story than meets the eye—a deeper, more transformative thought, at which Jesus is getting.

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Topics: New Testament, Gospels, On-Topic Today, Personal, Scripture Passage

What are we to do with the Baptist?

Posted by Roger McCown on October 17, 2017 at 9:30 AM


For reasons that I hope will be clear shortly, I have titled my words as “What are we to do with the Baptist?”  John the Baptist, that is.

Having been at it for a while, I can say that preaching in the church is both the easiest and most difficult thing I’ve done.  

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Topics: Evangelism, Gospels, New Testament, Baptism, On-Topic Today

Bearing Witness Through Biblical Preaching

Posted by Greg Neill on October 11, 2017 at 9:30 AM

In The Witness of Preaching, Thomas Long describes biblical preaching in the following way,

“Biblical preaching happens when a preacher prayerfully goes to listen to the Bible on behalf of the people and then speaks on Christ’s behalf what the preacher hears there.”  

The goal of The Ministry of Preaching Course (MIN 6302) at Austin Grad is to equip students with the homiletical skills needed to bear faithful witness to Christ’s gospel through the event of preaching. 

Utilizing the works of Thomas Long, Fred Craddock, and Barbara Brown Taylor students will develop their own theology of preaching. Throughout the semester, we will share thoughts and experiences on how to best preach the many genres of sacred literature found in the Old and New Testaments.  Students will have opportunities to preach to one another and to evaluate one another’s sermons. 

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Topics: New Testament, Gospels, Ministry Opportunities, Evangelism

I am with you always, to the end of the age

Posted by Dr. Jeff Peterson on October 5, 2017 at 9:30 AM

The Gospel according to Matthew, where we’ll be spending our time in chapel devotionals this semester, begins with an indication that the story of Jesus is the story of one who stands in a heritage of faith and divine promise extending back to David and beyond him to Abraham (Matthew 1:1). 

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Topics: New Testament, Gospels

The Gospel According to Paul

Posted by Dr. Jeff Peterson on July 26, 2017 at 9:30 AM


James Thompson, recently retired from Abilene Christian University, has been known to comment that if you make your living as a biblical scholar, “you don’t know your work from your play.” And it’s indeed true that as a New Testament prof, you frequently find yourself dealing with the topics you regard as most important, the questions you think most merit reflection, and the texts you most value reading. That’s how the middle weeks of my summer went, thanks to a course I taught on “The Gospel According to Paul.” 

Photo: Rembrandt, The Apostle Paul (1657), National Gallery of Art

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Topics: New Testament, Gospels

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