Eternal Threads Founder is Austin Grad Alumna

Austin Graduate School of Theology alumna Linda Egle is passionate to serve and be on mission for the Lord.  She does this by bringing opportunity and hope to women across the world through the organization she founded, Eternal Threads. Eternal Threads is a nonprofit organization based in Abilene, Texas.  The organization helps women in impoverished countries support their families and improve their livelihoods with their handiwork in sewing and tailoring.        Eternal Threads is able to partner with these women and provide a market for them to sell their goods in the United States.  Linda … [Read more...]

Marketplace Ministries at Rudy’s BBQ 

What if more businesses employed people like Christopher Bennett whose job is to minister to other employees?  Chris, a graduate of Austin Graduate School of Theology,  is a Team Member Care Associate at K&N Management, which owns the well-known establishments Mighty Fine Burgers and Rudy’s BBQ.   Simply put, Chris’ work empowers people to make positive change in their lives. Whether they are wanting to excel in their career,  experiencing difficult relationships, or maybe dealing with addictions, K&N Management has created a team that’s available 24/7 to help bridge the gap between what is and what could be. … [Read more...]

Missionary in Russia

Austin Graduate School of Theology's newest Living Stones Award recipient Joel Petty serves the Lord as a missionary in Russia. “I find fulfillment when someone comes to the realization that God exists and loves them…when someone finds joy by hearing and obeying God's word not only when coming to Christ initially, but as they follow him throughout life with all its ups, downs, adventures and suffering,” Joel said. Joel received his bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas (now known as Texas State Universary) in geography and political science with a concentration in Soviet studies.  It was the late 80's.  By the time he … [Read more...]

Church Elder & Hospice Chaplain

Philip Vick, Austin Grad's newest Living Stones Award recipient, has always felt called to serve the church, he says.  Currently, he's an elder at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio where Max Lucado is the Senior Teaching and Equipping Minister.  Philip and his wife, Donna, began attending Oak Hills Church in 1989, and he says it was an honor to be asked to serve in the eldership role. As a church elder, Philip is often called to offer pastoral care including prayer and spiritual counseling.  Philip also serves in the praise and worship ministry. … [Read more...]

The Living Stones Award

We at Austin Graduate School of Theology (Austin Grad) are excited to inaugurate the Living Stones Award. This award will honor individuals who are actively building up the church by passing on the faith and being Christ to the world through merciful service. We want to recognize Christians who are modeling how to live out the Christian faith in their church and community. Through the Living Stones Award we will tell the stories of those who are doing this with grace and humility. … [Read more...]

Ministry of the Arts in action by one Christian Artist

Christian Artist Dr. Tatiana Nikolova-Houston is the newest recipient of the the Living Stones Award.  Tatiana exemplifies what it means to glorify God in our works.  "Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." (James 2:17)  As an artist with many awards and distinctions, she uses her faith as the center of inspiration in all of her artwork.  Tatiana was born in Bulgaria in 1961 and came to America in 1990.  Tatiana is a alum of Austin Graduate School of Theology, receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Biblical Studies.  Later, she attended the University of Texas where she received a Ph.D in 2008 … [Read more...]

Women in Church: A Pioneer for Women in Church Leadership

This past week I met a lady who sparked something inside of me.  Please welcome Karen Alexander as the newest recipient of the Living Stones Award.  As a woman caught somewhere in the middle of a multitude of opinions about what women’s roles in the church today should look like, I am painfully aware of the complexities surrounding the issue.  Much of the time I am dissatisfied with the traditional view many Christians hold.  Why must the church be one of the few areas in Christian life in which a woman should be silent?  At the same time, I can’t say I’m confident a woman should lead a flock.  Something about it … [Read more...]

Influencing Culture: The Relevant Preacher

Most of us have a favorite preacher we love to listen to.  If we’re lucky, that preacher is the guy standing at the pulpit every Sunday morning.  He’s the guy at our lunch table on occasion, the one we meet at church for Saturday morning service projects, and whose blog we’re avid readers of because his thoughts are too insightful to be passed over for Facebook.  While honoring the generations of his parents and grandparents, he’s also culturally relevant—and the guy you go to for a book about society’s latest issue. If that isn’t enough, he’s also the guy we turn to for consolation when a loved one passes.  He’s there to … [Read more...]

Prisoner of the Lord

Though it is 2,000 years from the time the letter to the Ephesians was written, its message rings just as powerfully today as it did then.  It is a letter from a prisoner of Christ to his brethren to lead lives worthy of their calling.  It entreats the church to unity and love, at the cost of obedience and self-denial.  Alive and active, it is a message made visible by a man named Russell Briley, a modern day prisoner of the Lord. … [Read more...]

An Aroma of Christ

In 2 Corinthians 2:14-15, Paul describes Christians as “the aroma of Christ to God” spreading a fragrance of knowing God among people being saved and also perishing. In our world of potent smells, both pleasant and polluted, a man who embodies this scripture goes by the name of Kurt Boyland. … [Read more...]