Dr. Stan Reid

Dr. Stan Reid
Stan Reid became president at Austin Graduate School of Theology in 2003. He left a 25-year ministry with churches to answer this call. Stan appreciates how he and his ministry were and continue to be formed by the instruction and writings of biblical scholars, theologians, and church historians. Austin Grad’s mission and commitment to provide scholarship for the church in a responsible and practical way is very important to him. Stan earned degrees at Abilene Christian University and Perkins School of Theology (Southern Methodist University).

Recent Posts


4th of July and Firecrackers revisited

“Does God light firecrackers on the 4th of July?” That was a tongue-in-cheek question I raised in a blog post about this time last year.  In it, I recalled the experience of being in another country on the 4th of July. I felt strange knowing that back home my family was following the traditions of the national celebration while I was in a place that the fourth of July was just another day on the calendar.  That experience gave me some perspective about where America fits in the greater scheme of things. … [Read more...]

How Idolatry Might Creep in During Your 4th of July

 Many of us, as American citizens, will enjoy the festivities of the 4th of July. This national celebration of liberty and independence was foreseen by one of the founding fathers, John Adams. Much of what he anticipated for the national holiday came to pass and continues to be observed in communities across the country. In two previous blog posts about the 4th of July (first one here and second here), I mused about the difference between patriotism and nationalism. Based on what I have witnessed in some church worship services, I drew on a concern expressed well by Richard Lischer. He lobbied for the removal of the American flag … [Read more...]

God Bless America: A Word to Christians this 4th of July

A few years ago I was in Russia on the Fourth of July. It was such an odd feeling to be in a place that the fourth was just another day on the July calendar. There were no parades, no waving of American flags, no singing of patriotic songs, no invocations for God to bless America, no picnics, and no fireworks to conclude the day. Emotionally, it certainly didn’t feel like the 4th of July to me. … [Read more...]

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

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. … [Read more...]

Words of Hope for Seasons of Distress + Free Registration for Sermon Seminar

  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 … [Read more...]

Christmas, a Sign of Hope (and a free book from us!)

Road trips during the Christmas season have become notorious for crowded highways and frustrated travelers. One website warned, “Wherever you’re heading, if you’re traveling during the holiday season, you need to realize that everyone else in the world is, too.” In terms of holiday travel, Mary and Joseph covered a few miles during what is commonly thought of as the first Christmas. Luke, in his gospel, reports that the couple traveled from their home in Nazareth to the ancestral home in Bethlehem, then on to Jerusalem for several days, and finally back home to Nazareth. To make it more exciting, the return trip was with the newborn Jesus … [Read more...]

From Bible Chair to Seminary: Austin Grad’s Story and Mission Part II

Class of 2015 and faculty. Nearly 400 students have earned B.A. and M.A. degrees through the years. In a previous post, I pointed out some highlights from the Austin Graduate School of Theology story and especially how it arose from the Bible Chair Movement that began in the late 19th century. That Movement continued to have an impact on state university campuses through much of the 20th century. The Bible Chair Movement lost its momentum and impact in the last two decades of the past century. In Part II, I tell the story of how the Church of Christ Bible Chair at the University of Texas (UT) morphed into a seminary. … [Read more...]

Austin Grad: “A Bible Chair on Steroids”

Professors (left to right): Michael Weed, Mark Shipp, Daniel Napier, Todd Hall, Keith Stanglin, Jeff Peterson, and Allan McNicol During a lecture at the Austin Grad Sermon Seminar several years ago, Professor Jim Baird of Oklahoma Christian University quipped that “Austin Grad is like a Bible Chair on steroids.” Lest anyone is concerned, Jim was not accusing the faculty of using anabolic steroids. The picture of faculty should confirm that. On second thought, Professor Napier looks to be in pretty good shape, but that is because of a strict diet and rigorous power lifting. He does not use steroids. The abuse of anabolic steroids has received … [Read more...]

An Appeal to be Holy in a Wholly Sexualized World, according to Thessalonians

On Saturday afternoon, I decided to do a web search in order to find a couple of football scores for football games that I was interested in. The sports site I opened contained several advertising teasers aimed at enticing me to open other websites. The teasers were provocative pictures of women with captions couched in seductive language. Being on the sports website was a vivid reminder that we live in a wholly sexualized world that is not holy. Paul, in the First Epistle to the Thessalonians, was cognizant of that reality and sheds light on our contemporary challenges and struggles. … [Read more...]

There’s Only One ‘I AM’: A Tribute to Bruce Evans

A large crowd gathered at the Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas on the afternoon of August 27. It was one of those bittersweet moments that come in life.  The group assembled in order to honor and remember the life of Bruce Evans. I was blessed to be there. It was bitter in that we were facing up to the fact that Bruce’s bodily presence was no longer with us. We were being prepared for how much we would miss him. It was sweet because this good man had and would continue to bless our lives. That was made abundantly clear when Bruce was eulogized that afternoon. One story shared during the memorial service captured part of … [Read more...]