Dr. Woody Woodrow

Dr. Woody Woodrow
Dr. Woody Woodrow assists with the online B.A. program at Austin Grad. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian and holds a doctor of ministry degree from ACU. He has served as chaplain for the U.S. Army, taught courses for the Bible Chair at Grayson College in Denison, Texas, and directed the Church of Christ University Center for students attending Oklahoma State. He has made numerous short-term mission trips to Zambia, Africa. He recently “retired” from preaching after 20 years at the Hillcrest Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas. He and Sandi have two sons, both married, one granddaughter, and two grandsons!

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Study with Austin Grad Online at Home

Our primary source for knowing God and His will is the Bible, God’s inspired word. If you are a Sunday school teacher, preaching minister, missionary, homeschooler, pastoral counselor, evangelist, spiritual director, prison minister, Christian educator, or serve in some other ministry role, you may sense the need for deeper, broader instruction in the word of God. But you can’t leave your present place of service for the disciplined training you seek. Consider joining us online! The online B.A. in Christian Studies degree completion program provides a solid curriculum in Bible, theology, church history, and ministry.  Austin Graduate … [Read more...]

Praying the Lord’s Prayer

  Our Father which art in heaven,    We belong to You. We are not alone. You are our God and we are Your people.    You have given us life and taught us how to live. Your love is beyond our knowing.   You provide for us. You discipline us.  You protect us. You are transcendent and exalted.   You rule on high and dwell in our hearts.   “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be calledchildren of God; and so we are” (1 John 3:1). … [Read more...]

“Up with Authority”

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. … [Read more...]

The Uncommon Truth about Work Today

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). … [Read more...]

Man to Man about Lust and Love

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 … [Read more...]

What Does It Mean to Be Human?

In a classic Peanuts cartoon, Linus is sitting in front of the TV when Lucy walks in. Oblivious to her little brother she says, “Might as well turn this off… There’s no one watching it….” Linus is aghast. “No one watching it! Whaddya mean, no one? I’m someone!” Lucy turns and walks away. Linus is undaunted: “You come back here, and turn on this TV! If anyone is a someone, I am!!!” Linus’s plea for recognition raises the issue of basic human respect. What does it mean to be “someone”? Why and whence our significance? What does it mean to be human? … [Read more...]

The Importance of Fathers

My favorite “Calvin and Hobbes” cartoon features this father/son conversation: Calvin: “Dad, how do people make babies?”Dad: “Most people just go to Sears, buy the kit, and follow the assembly instructions.”Calvin (aghast): “I came from Sears?!”Dad: “No, you were a blue light special at K-Mart. Almost as good and a lot cheaper.”Calvin: “Aauughhh!”Mom (from the next room): “Dear, what are you telling Calvin now?”Paul Horgan’s novel, A Distant Trumpet, begins with this dialogue: "Do you know?” Matthew Carlton Hazard used to say in happier times, “the earliest chief thing I knew in my life?”“No, what?” they would ask."It was to know while I … [Read more...]

For Such a Time as This – Esther 4

Then Mordecai told them to take this message to Esther: “Do not think to yourself that in the palace of the king you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13-14) The book of Esther opens in 483 BC, when Ahasuerus, king of Persia, hosts a lavish banquet in Susa, the capital—apparently a 180-day drinking party during which he displays his wealth to all his officials. At some point he summons Vashti, … [Read more...]

The Burden of Guilt, the Joy of Forgiveness

When I was a little boy, my dad took me to the corner grocery store.  We got separated and I headed for the candy section. I picked up a piece of Bazooka bubble gum, wrapped in a Bazooka Joe comic. It cost one cent—which I didn’t have. No one was looking … so I stole it. Back in the car, my dad saw me chewing away and he said, “Where did you get that gum?” In my most convincing voice I answered, “A man gave it to me.” So there I was, still in elementary school—a thief and a liar, in major trouble with the Big Guy. I felt so ashamed I couldn’t tell anybody. My family said I was a “good boy.” I had a reputation to protect! “Good” to me … [Read more...]

C.S. Lewis – Mentor for Ministry

  Love … is a deep unity maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by (in Christian marriages) the grace which both parents ask, and receive, from God.  – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity   In science we have been reading only the notes to a poem; in Christianity we find the poem itself.  – C. S. Lewis, Miracles To ask that God’s love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God: because He is what He is, His love must, in the nature of things, be impeded and repelled by certain stains in our present character, and because He already loves us He must labour … [Read more...]