Encouraging Sound Preaching and Teaching

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Austin Graduate School of Theology Will Host Its 38th Annual Sermon Seminar May 20-23, 2019

Known as a “roll-up-your-sleeves-and-go-to-work seminar,” it has become a haven for preachers, ministers, Bible class teachers, and church leaders from across the country and various places around the world to enhance their biblical knowledge, work on their preaching and teaching skills, worship together, and be strengthened by Christian brothers and sisters. 




The Sermon Seminar at Austin Graduate School of Theology is committed to encouraging preaching and teaching which are:

  • Drawn from responsible biblical interpretation
  • Based on faithful theological inquiry
  • In keeping with the Restorationist vision
  • Challenging and helpful to the church
  • Appropriate for the contemporary cultural setting

Speakers & Topics

Allen Black, Preaching from Luke

Allen Black serves as Dean and Professor of New Testament at Harding School of Theology and works with adult education and small groups at the Highland Church of Christ.

Allan holds an AA from Freed-Hardeman University (1972), a BA (1974) and a MTh from Harding University (1980), and a PhD from Emory University (1985).

From his days as a student at Harding Grad he has been drawn to the study of Jesus and the Gospels. He seeks to promote a deeper understanding of Jesus and a stronger commitment to discipleship. He also has a special interest in family related issues in the New Testament and what the Word has to say about life’s issues like marriage and divorce or homosexuality.


Mark Hamilton, Preaching from the Decalogue

Mark Hamilton began teaching at ACU’s Graduate School of Theology in 2000, where he teaches courses in Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament. Mark currently serves as an elder at University Church of Christ and enjoys being able to serve and interact with all sorts of people through that. Recently, Mark published A Kingdom for a Stage, a political and theological reflection of the Old Testament.


Jim ReynoldsPreaching from Colossians

Jim Reynolds holds a Bachelor degree and a Master of Divinity degree from Abilene Christian University. (1964, 1967), a Doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California (1974), and a law degree from Southern Methodist University (1981).

Jim has been a licensed marriage and family counselor, and has published numerous articles and books.

Jim has taught theology, religion, philosophy and biblical studies at Pepperdine University, University of Texas, San Jose Bible College and is currently an adjunct professor at Dallas Christian College and Austin Graduate School of Theology. From 1981 to 2007, Jim was a family lawyer and partner in the Whitaker, Chalk law firm in Fort Worth, Texas. Since 1984 Jim has been the pastor of Lake Highlands Church in Dallas, Texas and presently also serves as an elder in that church.


Harold Shank, Preaching from Deuteronomy

Harold Shank currently works as a consultant with faith based organizations. He provides services including writing Bible study material, offering support for those working with troubled children and families, and helping Christian leaders around the globe to obtain advanced educational degrees in the US.

Harold serves as the national spokesperson for the Network 1:27 (formerly known as Christian Child and Family Services Association, CCFSA). He has advocated on behalf of Christian child care since 1996.

Harold recently celebrated his fifty first year of preaching the Gospel. He has served as president of Ohio Valley University in Vienna, West Virginia; professor at Harding School of Theology and Oklahoma Christian University; and for 32 years he was associated with the Highland Street Church of Christ in Memphis, TN. In the latter role he led in church planting and developing ministries among the poor.

Harold is a 1972 graduate of Oklahoma Christian with a BA in Bible. He received his MA and MAR from Harding University Graduate School of Religion. His PhD in Theology is from Marquette University.


Allan McNicol, From Text to Sermon – “What We Missed: Preaching on Restoring the NT Church” (Acts 2)

Allan McNicol is an Australian citizen and permanent resident of the United States. His parents and grandparents were closely associated with the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement and he works within that tradition as a professor in a seminary associated with the Churches of Christ.

In 1962 Allan came to America and received degrees from Abilene Christian University, Yale, and Vanderbilt (Ph.D. in New Testament). Since 1972 he has lived in Austin, Texas, teaching at Austin Graduate School of Theology.

For the past several decades Allan has pursued several major academic interests. He worked for many years with the late William Farmer in Gospel Studies, particularly in the area of the Synoptic Problem. He continues to research and publish in that area. He is also interested in the area of eschatology and is now working on a monograph on biblical theology.


Writing about preachers of the ancient church, one church historian states: “[T]heir thinking was never far removed from the church’s worship…their intellectual work was always in service and praise and adoration of the one God…there was always a living community before their eyes.”

In similar recognition of the importance of worship for preaching, each day at the Seminar begins and ends with a period of worship.


(printable schedule)

Monday, May 20
6:00 – 6:15 Welcome and Worship
6:15 – 7:00 Harold Shank—Deuteronomy
7:15 – 8:00 Allen Black—Luke
8:00 – 8:15 Worship

Tuesday, May 21
8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and Conversation
9:00 – 9:15 Worship
9:15 – 10:00 Mark Hamilton—Decalogue
10:15 – 11:00 Jim Reynolds—Colossians
11:00 – 12:00 Lunch at Austin Grad
12:00 – 12:45 Shank (2)—Deuteronomy
1:00 – 2:30 Preacher Panel
2:45 – 3:00 Worship
3:00 Free Time/Dinner on your own
Wednesday, May 22
8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and Conversation
9:00 – 9:15 Worship
9:15 – 10:00 Black (2)—Luke
10:15 – 11:00 Hamilton (2)—Decalogue
11:00 – 12:00  Lunch at Austin Grad
12:00 – 12:45 Reynolds (2)—Colossians
1:00 – 1:45 Shank (3)—Deuteronomy
2:00 – 3:30 Allan McNicol—From Text to Sermon*
or * Limited registration and requires preparation prior to arrival at the Seminar
2:00 – 5:30 Free Time/Dinner on your own
5:30 – 6:15 Black (3)—Luke
6:30 – 7:30 Evening Worship
Thursday, May 23
8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and Conversation
9:00 – 9:15 Worship
9:15 – 10:00 Hamilton (3)—Decalogue
10:15 – 11:00 Reynolds (3)—Colossians
11:00   Farewell and boxed lunches


The 2019 Sermon Seminar begins Monday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m. and concludes Thursday, May 23, at 11:00 a.m.

The $210.00 cost includes the seminar, lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and all audio files and handouts. A non-refundable $42.00 deposit (applied toward the total cost) and completed registration form will hold your reservation. Checks, credit cards, and money orders are acceptable forms of payment.

Cancellations before May 13 will be refunded (minus $42.00 deposit).

2019 Registration Form — print form, fill it out, and email it to SermonSeminar@AustinGrad.edu or mail with payment to:

Austin Graduate School of Theology | Sermon Seminar
7640 Guadalupe St., Austin TX 78752

If paying with a credit card, you may call 512-476-2772 with your credit card information.


The Austin Graduate School of Theology is a seminary associated with Churches of Christ and in conversation with all who confess Jesus as Lord.

Our mission is to promote knowledge, understanding, and practice of the Christian faith as taught in the Scriptures.

Sermon Seminar is held at Austin Graduate School of Theology located at: 

7640 Guadalupe St., Austin TX 78752


Click here for a map and directions.

For questions about Sermon Seminar:
     Call: (512) 476-2772

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