Fourth Annual “Austin Grad—First Things” Lecture

The fourth annual “Austin Graduate School of Theology – First Things Lecture” is now complete.  Once again, the event was a great success.  On Monday evening, October 8, about 130 people braved the heavy rain to hear Ephraim Radner, Professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. The lecture topic was “Ecumenism in a Post-Christian Society.” … [Read more...]

“Ecumenism in a Post-Christian Society” Austin Graduate School of Theology – First Things Lecture

  I am pleased to announce the fourth annual Austin Graduate School of Theology – First Things Lecture, to be held in Austin, Texas, on Monday, October 8, at 7:00 p.m.  This year’s speaker will be Ephraim Radner.  Radner is Professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College, an evangelical seminary of the Anglican tradition at the University of Toronto. Austin Graduate School of Theology is excited to cooperate in this lecture once again with First Things, which is one of the most widely read and influential religious journals in the United States.  As an ecumenical endeavor—featuring regular contributions from Roman … [Read more...]

Join us for a guest lecture: The Reign of God in the Book of Daniel

At noon on Wednesday, April 4, Austin Graduate School of Theology will host a brown-bag lecture by Dr. Choon-Leong Seow, Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible at Vanderbilt University on the topic “The Reign of God in the Book of Daniel.” Everyone interested in the subject is welcome to bring a lunch and join us in the Hocott Student Commons. … [Read more...]

Philosophy of Religion

Aristotle began his Metaphysics with the observation that people first began to philosophize out of wonder or marveling (thaumazein).  On those rare occasions that we late modern folks find an opportunity to contemplate things away from the noise, screens, and other distractions, we, too, might experience that same ineffable sense of wonder that motivated the ancient philosophers.  We may find that the universe presents itself to us as a question.  Even when we are confident about its answer (namely, God), the solution itself may raise other questions or puzzles. Although questions of these sorts can be addressed in any … [Read more...]

Grace and Peace: Remembering the Kingdom Work of David Worley

Grace and Peace: Essays in Memory of David Worley is a compilation of biographical essays honoring the life of a remarkable man. A man, that I must admit, I did not know before reading this commemorative work. Edited by Thomas H. Olbricht and Stan Reid, this compilation was penned by 18 very different authors – all of whom knew David well. An honest and intimate look at one man’s life, this book is a collection of memories to be preserved and passed on for the benefit of those who grieve him now, as well as those who never knew him. As the back cover indicates, “David Worley was an extraordinary man of many talents and interests.” In reading … [Read more...]

A Cloud of Witnesses: A Centennial History of Austin Grad

  Maggiano’s Little Italy bustled with activity on Thursday, October 19, as about 180 supporters of Austin Graduate School of Theology gathered to relish delectable Italian dishes, enjoy good company and delightful entertainment, and celebrate 100 years of Austin Grad history. In the course of the evening, those assembled heard about some highlights of the institution’s history and learned that a volume detailing Austin Grad’s century of service entitled A Cloud of Witnesses: A Centennial History of Austin Graduate School of Theology will be off the press near the end of this centennial year. This article summarizes highlights … [Read more...]

A Man Who Shaped Austin Grad’s 100-year History: Gene Patterson

  What is the legacy of a first class Bible Teacher? In 1959, forty-two years into the life of the University of Texas (UT) Bible Chair at University Avenue Church of Christ, Gene Patterson arrived with his young family in Austin, Texas and took on the role of Bible Chair Director and Campus Minister until 1971.  The photo shows Gene and wife Lucretia as they appeared in 1960. When I met Gene in 1961, he was well prepared as a student and a teacher of the Bible.  … [Read more...]

Third Annual “Austin Grad – First Things Lecture” Recap

The third annual “Austin Graduate School of Theology – First Things Lecture” is in the books.  Once again, the event was a great success.  On Monday evening, September 11, Patrick Deneen, associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, spoke to a crowd of more than 200 in downtown Austin.  The lecture topic was “The War of All Against All: The New Aristocracy and the Revolt of the Masses.”  It was an especially timely lecture, given the deep divisions that are apparent in the United States.  What follows is my summary (not Deneen’s) for those who missed the event. … [Read more...]

“Revolt of the Masses” First Things Lecture invitation

  I am pleased to announce the third annual Austin Graduate School of Theology – First Things Lecture, to be held in Austin, Texas, on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7 p.m.  This year’s speaker will be Patrick Deneen.  Deneen is an Associate Professor of Political Science and holds the David A. Potenziani Chair of Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  Deneen will be speaking on “The War of All against All: The New Aristocracy and the Revolt of the Masses.”  He writes, “In his 1995 book The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy, Christopher Lasch described the rise of … [Read more...]

Austin Grad’s Alumni: who they are, in their words

This past spring, we surveyed alumni of Austin Grad in an effort to assist in the re-accrediation process, which comes every 10 years with a five-year renewal. Plus, we were curious about what alumni were doing now. The findings shared in this article come from alumni who the school had email addresses for that took the time to submit the online survey. Through their online responses, they share: their current state of residence the degree(s) they acquired from Austin Grad/Institute for Christian Studies their gender the kind of role they've worked in since graduation how well Austin Grad prepared them for ministry and further studies what … [Read more...]