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At this time we are making plans to host Sermon Seminar in 2021. However, we will review this decision regularly to ensure the health and safety of our entire community.  

Lipscomb University Austin Center Will Host the 40th Annual Sermon Seminar May 24-26, 2021

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 Lipscomb University Austin Center 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

2021 Speakers & Topics

Jim MartinJim Martin, Preaching from Habakkuk

Dr. Jim Martin has served as Vice President of Harding School of Theology since 2014. Jim graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Business Management. Later, he studied at Heritage Christian University (Formerly International Bible College) for two years, Abilene Christian University (M.Div.), and Harding School of Theology (D.Min.). For 36 years, Jim preached primarily for three congregations: College Church of Christ, Florence, Alabama (1982-1990); Gladstone Church of Christ, Kansas City, Missouri (1990-1993); and Crestview Church of Christ, Waco, Texas (1993-2013).


Curt Niccum

Curt Niccum, Preaching from the Gospel of John

Dr. Curt Niccum is a professor in the College of Biblical Studies at Abilene Christian University with a unique background in ancient manuscripts. He has worked on several international collaborations including the Dead Sea Scrolls Project (for which he edited one of the scrolls of Daniel), the International Greek New Testament Project (for which he collated manuscripts), and the International Project of the Text of Acts (for which he studied the origin of the Greek text underlying the Ethiopian version of the book). Niccum earned his bachelor’s degree from Lubbock Christian University in 1985, an M.Div. degree from ACU in 1992 and his Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of Notre Dame.


Mark ShippR. Mark ShippPreaching from Song of Songs

Mark Shipp is the Pat E. Harrell Professor of Old Testament at Austin Graduate School of Theology. Mark has a BA and MS from Pepperdine University and an MDiv and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the founder and editor of Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, a six-volume compilation of newly created worship pieces based on the biblical psalms, a collaboration of composers and Bible scholars. Mark is the author of Of Dead Kings and Dirges, coauthor of An Akkadian Handbook, and “1 and 2 Chronicles” in the one-volume Bible Commentary, The Transforming Word, “Hallowed Be Thy Name,” in Lord, Teach Us to Pray: The Lord’s Prayer for Today’s Church, as well as numerous articles.


Todd Still, Preaching from Thessalonians

Dr. Todd Still serves as The Charles J. and Eleanor McLerran DeLancey Dean and The William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures in the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. In addition to serving as Truett’s fifth dean since 2015, Todd teaches courses in New Testament Studies and Greek. Before coming to Truett in 2003, Todd taught at Gardner-Webb University’s School of Divinity in Boiling Springs, NC, where he occupied the Bob D. Shepherd Chair of New Testament Interpretation. Todd’s first academic appointment was at Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, TX, where he served from 1995-2000. He has also served as an Honorary University Fellow at the University of Exeter in Exeter, England (2008), and he served as a Barclay Fellow at the University of Glasgow in the spring of 2019.


Jim ReynoldsJim Reynolds, Addressing Controversial Subjects in a Non-Confrontational Way (Tuesday afternoon)

Jim Reynolds holds a bachelor’s 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 published numerous articles and books, including Secrets of EdenGod and Human Sexuality (1974), The Lepers Among Us (2007), The Lavish Hospitality of God (2009), Why We Don’t Shoot the Wounded (2010), The Unfinished Drama of Scripture (2012), Naked Church: Walking in Authentic Community Toward Christian Maturity (2014), Beyond the Pulpit (2015) and Redeeming Eve: The Spirit, Not Gender, Determines Gifting in the Church (2016). Jim has taught religion, theology, philosophy, and biblical studies at Pepperdine University and the University of Texas, and presently is an adjunct professor at Dallas Christian College and Austin Graduate School of Theology. From 1981 to 2007, Jim was a family lawyer and partner with the Whitaker Chalk law firm in Fort Worth, Texas. Since 1984 he has been pastor of Lake Highlands Church in Dallas, Texas.

John Harp, David Heflin, Charlie Johanson, Text to Sermon 2.0 (Wednesday afternoon)


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.

2021 Schedule

Monday, May 24
6:00 – 6:15 Welcome and Worship
6:15 – 7:00 Todd Still — Thessalonians
7:15 – 8:00 Jim Martin — Habakkuk
8:00 – 8:15 Worship
Tuesday, May 25
8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and Conversation
9:00 – 9:15 Worship
9:15 – 10:00 Curt Niccum — Gospel of John
10:15 – 11:00 Mark Shipp — Song of Solomon
11:00 – 12:00 Lunch at Austin Grad
12:00 – 12:45 Todd Still (2) —Thessalonians
1:00 – 1:45 Jim Martin (2) — Habakkuk
2:00 – 3:30 Jim Reynolds — Addressing Controversial Subjects in a Non-Confrontational Way
3:30 – 6:15 Free Time / Dinner on your own
6:15 – 7:00 Curt Niccum (2) — Gospel of John
7:15 – 8:00 Mark Shipp (2) — Song of Solomon
8:00 – 8:15 Worship
Wednesday, May 26
8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and Conversation
9:00 – 9:15 Worship
9:15 – 10:00 Todd Still (3) — Thessalonians
10:15 – 11:00 Jim Martin (3) — Habakkuk
11:00 – 12:00  Lunch at Austin Grad
12:00 – 12:45 Curt Niccum (3) — Gospel of John
1:00 – 1:45 Mark Shipp (2) — Song of Solomon
2:00 – 3:30 John Harp / David Heflin / Charlie Johanson — From Text to Sermon 2.0
3:30 – 7:00 Free Time / Dinner on your own
7:00 – 8:00 Worship at Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ


The 2021 Sermon Seminar begins Monday, May 24, at 6:00 p.m. and concludes Wednesday, May 26, at 3:30 p.m.

The cost will be $200.00 and will include the seminar, lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday, and all audio files and handouts. A non-refundable $40.00 deposit (applied toward the total cost) and a 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 deposit).

    2021 Registration Form — print form, fill it out and email it to SermonSeminar@AustinGrad.edu or mail with payment to:

    Lipscomb University Austin Center, 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 Lipscomb University Austin Center located at: 

    7640 Guadalupe St., Austin TX 78752


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    For questions about Sermon Seminar:
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