Suffering Well

Suffering Well

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.“...
Compassion and Jesus Christ

Compassion and Jesus Christ

This was originally an academic paper titled “Compassion: Looking to Jesus as our Example” and it was written for Engaging Faith and Life. The paper has been reformatted, but all copyright and plagiarism rules still apply. Please contact Austin if you wish to...
Genesis’ Creation Proclamation

Genesis’ Creation Proclamation

This was originally an academic paper under the title “Genesis 1-3 is History” and it was written for an Old Testament class. The paper has been reformatted, but all copyright and plagiarism rules still apply. Please contact Austin if you wish to...
Human Sacrifice: A Retelling of Jephthah’s Vow

Human Sacrifice: A Retelling of Jephthah’s Vow

Imagine, for a moment, a short story one would know well. The short story is memorable because of how well written and surprising it is. However, the short story has always been read literally, never metaphorically. When the short story is read metaphorically, it...
God as the Shepherd

God as the Shepherd

This is the first half of a paper done by Austin examining shepherding and was originally done for his pastoral ministry class under the title “The Biblical Concept of Shepherding: Principles that Apply to the Pastorate.” Shepherding is used throughout the entire...