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What is a Sabbatical? And What Mine Looked Like

Posted by Dr. Keith Stanglin on April 18, 2017 at 9:30 AM

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.” 

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Topics: About Austin Grad, Personal

We are Gathered Here Because of One Man: In Memory of David Worley

Posted by Dr. Stan Reid on April 11, 2017 at 9:30 AM

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.

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Topics: About Austin Grad, Personal

"Up with Authority"

Posted by Dr. Woody Woodrow on March 2, 2017 at 9:30 AM

In 2009, TV actor Tony Danza, star of “Who’s the Boss?” and “Taxi,” spent one year teaching 10th grade English at Northeast High in Philadelphia. Danza readily admits to being a “discipline problem” himself in high school. Subsequently, he wrote a best-selling book about his experience at Northeast: I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had.

Education, government, business, communication, transportation, sports, the military, families, churches—virtually any cooperative effort—requires authority and respect for authority.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Personal

Help Your Seminary Record the New Timeless CD

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on February 7, 2017 at 9:30 AM

After a couple of years hiatus, we will be recording a third Timeless CD at Lone Pine Studios in Orlando, Florida this February. 

The first CD, “Be Still and Know: Psalms of Trust, Comfort, and Hope,” was followed by “Where Are You, Lord? From Lament to Praise in the Psalms.” The third CD will focus on psalms of Torah, wisdom, and creation, including psalms 1, 8, 14, 19, 24, 32, 36, 37, 49, 53, 74, 78, and 112.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Personal, Old Testament

Man to Man about Lust and Love

Posted by Dr. Woody Woodrow on December 8, 2016 at 9:30 AM

I suspect no text in Holy Scripture has given me more problems or produced more guilt than this one:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. So if your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better for you that one of your members be lost than your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better for you that one of your members be lost than for your whole body to go into hell” (Matthew 5:27-30).

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus addresses abuses of misinterpretation. There may have been a free-wheeling view of sexual propriety in His day that needed correction. Jesus may be targeting a loophole legalism that limited “adultery” to the physical act alone. Here He takes men to the heartthe desire and purpose of the heart: To look with lust at a woman, with “lustful intent,” Jesus says, is to violate God’s command against adultery.

I remember in early adolescence how attracted I’d become to the opposite sex. There were girls, all with wondrous features, all over school. Beyond that however, some guys I knew secretly shared images which could not be considered classic sculpture, painting, or art. This photography was produced to be provocative, to arouse desire. Which may be the defining trait of pornography—the deliberate objectification of female flesh for mass male arousal.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Personal, Relationships

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