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You're invited to campus Tuesday to hear Professor of New Testament & Jewish Studies

Posted by Dr. Daniel Napier on March 30, 2017 at 9:29 AM

 

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.

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Topics: About Austin Grad, New Testament

"The Trust of Jesus Christ"

Posted by Dr. Jeff Peterson on March 23, 2017 at 9:30 AM

In Galatians 2:11–21, the apostle Paul presents us with one of the most significant passages in the New Testament for those concerned with the faith and history of the early church. Paul recounts the dramatic conflict that occurred in Antioch when “some people from James” in Jerusalem (cf. Gal. 1:18–19; 2:7–9; Acts 12:17; 15:13–21; 21:18–25) came to visit the mixed church of Jews and Gentiles in Antioch, and “Cephas” (Aramaic for “Peter”) reacted by leading his fellow Jewish Christians in a withdrawal from meals with Gentile Christians. Almost certainly these meals included the Lord’s Supper, which in these early years was observed in connection with a full supper shared by the congregation (as suggested by 1 Cor. 11:20–22).

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Topics: New Testament, Gospels

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

How to Embrace God's Judgment

Posted by Scott Elliott on February 9, 2017 at 9:30 AM

David Brooks, a columnist for the New York Times, recently went on the Charlie Rose Show to promote his new book that deals with character and sin. After the show, he received an email from an editor in New York who wrote, “I loved the way you were talking about your book, but I didn’t like the way you used that word sin. It’s a downer. Use the word insensitive instead.” Sadly, this is the world we live in today. We have gone from “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” to “Your Best Life Now.” Sin and judgment are dirty words. 

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Topics: Scripture Passage, New Testament

The Thessalonian Church: A Cause for Rejoicing

Posted by Dr. Keith Stanglin on February 2, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Paul tells the Thessalonians to "always rejoice" (I Thess. 5:16).  How could they always rejoice?  How can we? 

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Topics: Scripture Passage, Worship, New Testament, Science

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