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Lord, Teach Us to Pray: The Lord’s Prayer for Today’s Church

Edited by Michael R. Weed, Keith D. Stanglin, and M. Todd Hall. 2015. 85 pgs. ISBN: 978-0-9666326-6-8


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Preparing for Baptism: Becoming Part of the Story of the People of God

by Allan J. McNicol. 2001. 112 pgs. ISBN: 978-0-9666326-2-0; 0-9666-326-2-1
(also available in Spanish — see below)


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Preparacion para El Bautismo: Llegando a Ser Parte de la Historia del Pueblo de Dios

by Allan J. McNicol. 2006. 112 pgs. ISBN: 9780966632651; 0966632656


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Preparing for the Lord’s Supper: Nourishing Spiritual Life Through the Lord’s Meal

by Allan J. McNicol. 2007. 146 pgs. ISBN: 978-0-9666326-4-4


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Things That Matter: A Guide to Christian Faith. Third Edition.

Edited by Michael R. Weed and Jeffrey Peterson.
2000. 117 pgs. ISBN: 9780966632637; 096663263X

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When You Come Together: The Theology and Practice of Congregational Worship

by Wendell Willis. 2010. 135 pgs. ISBN:978-0-9666326-6-8


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For I Am Holy: Recovering Holiness in the Church

by Pat E. Harrell. Edited by R. Mark Shipp. 1996. 102 pgs.


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Unchanging Christianity: Restorationism as a Theology of Time

by Pat E. Harrell. Edited by R. Mark Shipp. 1999. 213 pgs.


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Christian Studies

– Scholarship for the Church

Christian Studies (ISSN 4125) was a publication of the faculty of Austin Graduate School of Theology from 1980 to 2019. Print copies of select back issues are available for $3.00 each, plus postage. Christian Studies is indexed in Religion Index One and ATLA database. Copyright Institute for Christian Studies.

Correspondence should be addressed to Keith Stanglin or Todd Hall at:

Christian Studies
Austin Graduate School of Theology
7640 Guadalupe St.
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Article Titles by Issue

Number 31

  • The Rule of Faith as Hermeneutic - Keith D. Stanglin
  • Reading Scripture Baptismally - Scott Adair
  • Not of Private Interpretation: Scripture and Tradition in Reformation and Early Modern Protestantism - Richard A. Muller
  • A Shifting Ethos: Transitions in the Understanding of the Authority of Scripture in Churches of Christ - Allan J. McNicol
  • Authority: Some Philosophical and Theological Considerations - Frederick D. Aquino
  • The Authority of Scripture Today? A Review Essay - Jeffrey Peterson

Number 30 – Focus: The Lord’s Supper

  • Christ’s Presence and the Thing Signified in the Lord’s Supper - Keith Stanglin
  • Observing the Lord’s Supper Today - Ted A. Campbell
  • Royal Meals, Covenant Meals, the Messianic Banquet, and the Lord’s Supper - R. Mark Shipp
  • Till He Come: The Lord’s Supper and the End Time - Allan J. McNicol
  • From the Sacramental Season to Observance on the Lord’s Day: Learning from Barton Stone’s Communion Journey - Jason Fikes
  • Consecrated to the Lord: Two Cheers for Closed Communion - M. Todd Hall
  • Proclaiming the Gospel at the Table - Mark E. Powell

Number 29 – Focus: Baptism

  • Aspects of Baptismal Symbolism in the New Testament - Jeffrey Peterson
  • Finding Words to Nourish: ‘Milk’ and ‘Solid Food’ in Earliest Christianity and Today - Daniel Austin Napier
  • Baptism and the Moral Life - Allan J. McNicol
  • Turning Point: Baptism as Rite of Passage - M. Todd Hall
  • Concerning Rebaptism - Keith D. Stanglin
  • I Am Baptized: A Sermon - Stanley G. Reid

Number 28 – Focus: The Restoration Movement

  • The Restoration Movement, The Habit of Schism and a Proposal for Unity - Keith D. Stanglin
  • Theological Orientation for Churches of Christ Resourcing Alexander Campbell’s Trinitarian Christian System - John Mark Hicks
  • Confessions of Faith in the New Testament - Jeffrey Peterson
  • Toward a New Restoration Hermeneutic: On the Hermeneutical Relevance of the Old Testament - R. Mark Shipp
  • God in Action: Jesus’ Gospel of the Kingdom - Daniel Austin Napier
  • The Stone Campbell Movement: A Global History – Review Essay - Allan J. McNicol

Number 27 – Focus: In Honor of Paul Watson

  • The Israel of God - Allan J. McNicol
  • The First Restoration Movement: The Chronicler’s Program of Restoration and Churches of Christ Today - R. Mark Shipp
  • Biblical ‘Restorationism’: A Response to Mark Shipp - Jeffrey Peterson
  • Finding a Way Past Lament: When God is Absent and Thanksgiving Impossible - Glenn Pemberton
  • Reflections on the Value of Isaiah for the Life of the Modern Church - J. J. M. Roberts
  • A Written Legacy: A Bibliography of Paul L. Watson - T. Hall / M. Weed / A. McNicol

Number 26 – Focus: Various Topics

  • Ressentiment - Michael R. Weed
  • Restorationism and Church History: Strange Bedfellows? - Keith D. Stanglin
  • Redeeming the Time: The Christian Year and Life in the Risen Christ - Jeffrey Peterson
  • A Sound Beginning: Retrieving an Ancient Model of Christian Conversion - Daniel Austin Napier
  • Smash Them Against the Rocks? The Christian Appropriation of Difficult Psalms - R. Mark Shipp
  • A Peaceable Hope: Contesting Violent Eschatology in New Testament Narratives. A Review Essay - Allan J. McNicol

Number 25 – Focus: In Honor of Michael Weed

  • The Erosion of Community: A Challenge to the Church - Wendell Willis
  • Reading Revelation Today: A Word to a Complacent Church - Allan J. McNicol
  • Paul and the Mission of the Church - James Thompson
  • Psalm 22: The Prayer of the Righteous Sufferer - R. Mark Shipp
  • What Should Christian Do? Revisiting John Howard Yoder’s What Would You Do? - Jeffrey Peterson
  • My Pilgrimage - Michael R. Weed
  • A Written Legacy: A Bibliography for Michael R. Weed - M. Todd Hall

Number 24 – Focus: In Honor of Allan McNicol

  • Paul and Spiritual Formation - James W. Thompson
  • Beyond the ‘Image of God’ Conundrum: A Relational View of Human Dignity - Ron Highfield
  • Baptism and the Moral Life - Everett Ferguson
  • The Sacrifice of Praise - Jeffrey Peterson
  • Return, Restoration, and Renewal in Chronicles — and Today - R. Mark Shipp
  • American Fundamentalists: The Left Behind - Michael R. Weed
  • My Theological Journey: A Retrospective - Allan J. McNicol
  • A Written Legacy: A Bibliography for Allan J. McNicol - M. Todd Hall

Number 23 – Focus: Various Topics

  • Making the Handoff - Stan Reid
  • One Lord and One Body: Implications for the Common Faith of the Church - Allan J. McNicol
  • ‘Nailed to the Cross’: The Continuing Relevance of the Old Testament - R. Mark Shipp
  • The First and Second Tables of the Law in the New Testament - Jeffrey Peterson
  • Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs - Alexander Campbell
  • Pietism, Pieties, and the Contemporary Church: Promise and Peril - Michael R. Weed
  • A Russian ‘Christians Only’ Movement - Thomas H. Olbricht

Number 22 – Focus: Calvinism

  • Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom in the Old Testament - R. Mark Shipp
  • The Trouble with Tulips: Romans and Reformed Theology - Ben Witherington III
  • Pagan and Christian Reflections on Human Free Will - Multiple Contributors
  • Universal Salvation and the Christian Story - Allan J. McNicol
  • Beyond the Darkness - Martha Pounders Walker
  • From Mystery to Mastery: Christo-Paganism Then and Now - Michael R. Weed
  • Baptism: Mode and Meaning - Michael R. Weed

Number 21 – Focus: Various Topics

  • Tradition: A Stranger to the Modern World and Church - Michael R. Weed
  • The Importance of the Old Testament for the Church - J. J. M. Roberts
  • Lord’s Supper and Love Feast - Everett Ferguson
  • All Things New - Allan J. McNicol
  • A Christian Affirmation, 2005 - Multiple Contributors
  • A Christian Affirmation: An Exchange of Views - Leroy Garrett / Jeffrey Peterson
  • An Ecclesiology for the Believers’ Church: Can Restorationists Claim the Time? - Allan J. McNicol

Number 20 – Focus: Spirituality

  • The Lord’s Prayer: The Touchstone of Christian Spirituality - Allan J. McNicol
  • True Religion and Undefiled: Spirituality in Micah and James - R. Mark Shipp
  • More than Routine Words: A Reflection on Psalm 100 - Craig Bowman
  • Living As Sacrifices: Walking in Accordance with the Spirit in Romans 12-15 - Jeffrey Peterson
  • ‘Seminaries,’ ‘Spirituality’, and ‘Spiritual Formation’: A Quick Fix for the Disciplined Life of Faith? - J. J. M. Roberts
  • Confession and Intercession: Two Spiritual Disciplines - Michael Weed
  • Remembering a Friend: A Tribute to Dr. Bill Stewart - David Worley

Number 19 – Focus: Contemporary Worship and Hymnody

  • Consecrated Pragmatism: Trends in Modern Worship - Michael R. Weed
  • Congregational Song is in Trouble: What Makes a Good Hymn? - R. Mark Shipp
  • The Changing Sound of (Worship) Music - Wendell Willis
  • Musical Preferences Do Matter: Appropriate Music in the Assembly - Allan J. McNicol / Patricia B. McNicol
  • Singing and Worship From the Perspective of the Russian Orthodox Church - Philip Camp

Number 18 – Focus: The Lord’s Supper and Restoration Identity

  • This is the Covenant in My Blood: The Lord’s Supper, Passover, and Christian Community - R. Mark Shipp
  • In Remembrance of Jesus - Allan J. McNicol
  • Shallows and Depths: The Rise of (Post) Modern Images of Humanity - Michael R. Weed
  • Churches of Christ: Who We Are and What We Ought To Be - Everett Ferguson
  • Identity and Vocation - Paul Watson
  • Three Things That Matter - Jeffrey Peterson

Number 17 – Focus: Technology and the Church

  • The Lure of the Millennium 2000: What is at Stake for the Christian Believer? - Allan J. McNicol
  • Let Us Make a Name for Ourselves: Human Innovation and Technology in Gen. 1-11 - R. Mark Shipp
  • The Magician’s Bargain: Modern Technology and the Eclipse of God - Michael R. Weed
  • Preaching Technique: The Ministry of the Word in a Wired World - Jeffrey Peterson
  • Waiting on the Slide: The Impact of Technology in the Contemporary Church - Mel Witcher
  • Romans 1:10-17: Jesse’s Truth - David Worley

Number 16 – Focus: The Holy Spirit

  • The Spirit of God in the Old Testament - R. Mark Shipp
  • Spirit of Holiness or Spirit of the Age? The Holy Spirit in the Teaching of Paul - Jeffrey Peterson
  • How Does God Give Guidance Beyond the Illumination of Scripture? - Allan J. McNicol
  • Religious Experience and Spirituality: Biblical and Post- Modern - Michael R. Weed

Number 15 – Focus: Grace and Legalism

  • Delighting in the Law - R. Mark Shipp
  • The Servant-Christ: Matthew’s Answer to Legalism - Allan J. McNicol
  • And They Were Silent: Reflections on Legalism - Michael R. Weed
  • A Response to ‘And They Were Silent’ - Charles Siburt
  • Not the Only Christians: Campbell on Exclusivism and Legalism - Gary Holloway

Number 14 – Focus: Various Topics

  • Creeds and Their Uses: The New Testament - Abraham Malherbe
  • Alexander Campbell and the Relationship Between the Testaments - R. Mark Shipp
  • Baptism Yesterday and Today - Allan J. McNicol
  • Alexander Campbell on Education - Gary Holloway
  • Academic Freedom and the Christian University - Michael R. Weed
  • Sex and the Secular Culture: A Review Essay - Jeffrey Peterson

Number 13 – Focus: Worship

  • Sing Where the Bible Sings - David Worley
  • Trivializing the Holy - R. Mark Shipp
  • How Shall the Seeker Say Amen? - Jeffrey Peterson
  • The Pleasures of Worship - Gary Holloway
  • Contemporary Trends in Hymnody - Allan J. McNicol
  • Worship and Ethics - Michael R. Weed

Number 12 – Focus: Passing on the Faith

  • Why Johnny Can’t Pray - Michael R. Weed
  • What Do These Stones Mean? - Douglas L. Gragg
  • Skills, Credentials, or Faithfulness? - Allan J. McNicol
  • Reading the Bible Through Life” Gary Holloway “From Scripture to Sharing - Wendell Willis
  • From Scripture to Sharing - Gary Holloway

Number 11.2 – Focus: Tradition

  • What Every Christian Should Know: Tradition in the Early Church - James W. Thompson
  • Scripture and Tradition: Two Essentials in the Search for the Ancient Order - Allan McNicol
  • Both Catholic and Protestant: Alexander Campbell and Tradition - Gary N. Holloway
  • A Tradition at Risk - Michael R. Weed

Number 11.1 – Focus: Hermeneutics

  • Hermeneutics Then and Now - James W. Thompson
  • Bringing the Word to Life: Biblical Hermeneutics in Churches of Christ - Gary D. Collier
  • The Lord’s Supper as Hermeneutical Clue: A Proposal On Theological Method for Churches of Christ - Allan J. McNicol
  • Cruciform Life or Cruciform Church? (Book Review article) - Michael R. Weed

Number 10 – Focus: Evangelism

  • What Happened to Evangelism? - James W. Thompson
  • Demystifying Missions: Exposing the Madness of Our Method - J. Robert Reynolds
  • Discipleship as Mission: A Missing Dimension in Contemporary Discussion on Matthew 28:18-20 - Allan J. McNicol
  • Evangelism, Ethics, and Eschatological Existence - Michael R. Weed

Number 9 – Focus: Christian Faith and Higher Education

  • The Community of Believers in 1 Corinthians - Douglas L. Gragg
  • Christian Education: Convention or Commitment? - Michael R. Weed
  • Community, Ethics, and the Christian Faith on Campus - James W. Thompson
  • Dismantling the Bible Chairs in Texas: A Church-State Struggle in Historical Context - Allan J. McNicol

Number 8 – Focus: Preaching

  • Holding the Audience or Proclaiming the Message: The Word in Worship - James W. Thompson
  • Sorting Through the Confusion About Worship: Appraisal of Two Paradigms - Allan McNicol
  • Amusing the Saints: Edification Without Transcendence - Michael R. Weed

Number 7 – Focus: Leadership in the Church

  • Old Testament Models of Leadership - Rick Marrs
  • Authority and Leadership in the New Testament - James W. Thompson
  • A Hierarchy or Mere Functional Leadership - Allan J. McNicol
  • Ethos and Authority: Then and Now - Michael R. Weed

Number 6 – Focus: Integrity in the Christian Life

  • The Chronicler and Ethics: the Issue of Integrity - Pat Graham
  • An Exposition: What is Good? - Rick Marrs
  • Occupations and Preoccupations in Christ - David Worley
  • The Christian, Entertainment, and the Arts - James W. Thompson
  • The Secularization of the Church: From Transcendence to Technique - Michael R. Weed

Number 5 – Focus: Law

  • Deuteronomy and the Law - Rick Marrs
  • The Rise of Judaism: From Exodus/Sinai to Sinai/Exodus - Michael R. Weed
  • Jesus of Nazareth: A Liberal and a Legalist - Allan McNicol
  • Paul, the Law, and Legalism - James W. Thompson

Number 4 – Focus: The Church as a Teaching Community

  • Passing on the Tradition - Paul L. Watson
  • The Education of Children in the Early Church - James W. Thompson
  • Mystery, Marriage, and Morality - Michael R. Weed
  • The Crisis in Secular Education and Its Implications for the Church Today - Allan McNicol
  • Television and the Teaching of the Church - Melinda Worley

Number 3 – Focus: Christian Morality in a Pluralistic Society

  • The Twilight of the Gods: Pluralism, Morality, and the Church - Michael R. Weed
  • Sectarian Lifestyle: An Alternative Moral Vision in the First and Twentieth Centuries - Allan McNicol
  • The Old Testament as Moral Compass - Paul L. Watson
  • The Preacher: Moralizer or Moralist? - James W. Thompson
  • Divorce: A Cultural Problem - Tony Ash

Number 2 – Focus: Authority in the Christian Life

  • The Authority of the Bible in the Restoration Movement - Tony Ash
  • The Akedah: A Root Experience As Authority for the People of God - Allan McNicol
  • Recovering the Authority of the Church: A Sermon - James Thompson
  • The Authority of the Old Testament for Christians - Paul L. Watson
  • The Authority of Jesus, or the Jesus of Authority - Michael R. Weed

Number 1 – Focus: Christian Freedom

  • Freedom at Corinth: A Conversation Between Paul the Apostle and Lucian, a Corinthian Christian - Allan McNicol / James Thompson
  • The Discipline of Freedom - Michael R. Weed
  • The Discipline of Freedom: A Response - Paul L. Watson
  • Freedom Is Slavery: The Essence of a Sermon - Tony Ash

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