Archive for April, 2014

Congratulations Mark Hamilton

by   |  04.29.14  |  Announcements

Dr. Ken Cukrowski, Dean of the College of Biblical Studies, announced the appointment of Dr. Mark Hamilton as the new Onstead Chair. Mark brings a record of success as a scholar, teacher, administrator, and churchman. His recent appointment as the Gitin Distinguished Professor at the Albright Institute is a testament to his stature in the scholarly community. His two-time selection as Outstanding Faculty member in the College of Biblical Studies attests to the esteem in which he is held by our faculty. Mark currently serves as an elder at the University Church of Christ and consults widely in congregations across the country.

The committee was especially impressed with Mark’s vision for the Onstead Chair. In addition to a vigorous research agenda, Mark looks forward to connecting faculty, students, the ACU community, and churches to the best scholarship on Scripture and biblical theology.


New MDiv Requirements in the Fall of 2014

by   |  04.24.14  |  Announcements

In the fall of 2014, the GST will roll out two enhanced degree formats for the Masters of Divinity (MDiv) degree. The MDiv is a comprehensive program in theological studies designed to prepare graduates to serve as congregational ministers, Christian educators, campus ministers, chaplains, and in various other ministry settings. The degree also provides the foundation for the Ph.D., Th.D., and D.Min. degrees.  More …

Over the years the GST revises various degrees in order to develop a sharper focus and remain current in the ever changing needs of churches, students, and society. The faculty, deeply concerned about the growing student debt of its graduates, decided to shorten the MDiv degree from 84 hours to 72 hours. The change will not only allow students to graduate in a more timely manner but also reduce costs by $12,192. The faculty emphasized that retooling of the degree would continue to meet all the stated outcomes. The new degree structure maintains its emphasis on practical theology, biblical studies, theology, and church history. While many schools that lower the number of hours for graduation do so at the loss of biblical languages, ACU did not. The GST is known for its high quality of language studies that include Hebrew, Greek, Coptic, Ugaritic, Ethiopic, German, and Syriac. The new degree format also maintains the central role of contextual education. One of the most appreciated aspects of an ACU ministerial education is the backbone of contextual education. More …

Currently there are two MDiv tracks. The primary difference reflects the opportunity for students to emphasize witnessing in a global context. The two degree plans are the 72 Missions 2014 Template and 72MDIV 2014 Template.

For more information contact Roni Zimmerman.

New Testament Position Now Open

by   |  04.23.14  |  Announcements

The Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University invites applications for a tenure-track position in New Testament, beginning in the Fall 2015. Rank is open, depending on the candidate’s experience and qualifications. The successful candidate should hold a terminal degree (PhD or ThD) in the field. The successful candidate must also demonstrate competence in teaching and must possess a well-defined program of research as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and presentations. Address applications or inquiries to Dr. Ken Cukrowski, Dean, College of Biblical Studies, ACU Box 29400, Abilene, TX 79699, or electronically to The committee will begin reviewing applications on June 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Abilene Christian University is affiliated with the fellowship of Churches of Christ.  All applicants for these positions must be professing Christians and be active, faithful members of a congregation of the Churches of Christ and willing to support the Christian mission and purpose of the university to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

To apply, send “Faculty Employment Application” with: Teaching philosophy; how faith informs teaching; research and professional activities; discussion of your spiritual journey; curriculum vitae; transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work; and names, addresses and phone numbers of three references. ACU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, disability, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal laws. Nominations of and applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged.

James Thompson

by   |  04.22.14  |  Announcements, GST Events

On Thursday, April 17, the GST hosted a campus reception honoring James Thompson’s 21 year career at ACU. James served 9 years as the GST’s Associate Dean and holds the Onstead Chair for Biblical Studies. He is a loved professor emphasizing Hebrews, Pauline literature, and the relationship between biblical interpretation and preaching. James is well known for his academic writing that serves the church. He has recently written Preaching Paul, Pastoral Ministry according to Paul, and Moral Formation according to Paul. Soon his forthcoming book on Paul’s theology of the church will be published. Many churches have used his books for adult Bible school curriculum, for example, Our Life Together, The Mark of a Christian, Strategy for Survival, The Church in Exile, and Equipped for Change.

James’s love for the church extends also to his service to the University Church of Christ where he has served as an elder for many years. One of his primarily roles for the church is writing the adult Bible school curriculum.

At the reception James was joined by his wife Carolyn, his children Phil and Eleanor, and three of his four grandchildren. Various faculty members honored James with words of appreciation. Thankfully James will continue to work with the GST by teaching 6 hours each year, archival work in the library, and advising MA in NT students. In retirement, James will continue to do what he enjoys most, writing and watching UT basketball. He says, “He is blessed to be able to call work what he most enjoys doing as play.”

Congratulations James!

Congratulations to Mark Hamilton

by   |  04.11.14  |  Announcements

Dr. Mark Hamilton (, professor of Old Testament for the Graduate School of Theology, was named the Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professor, Albright Institute for Archaeological Research for Fall 2014. The honor is open to internationally recognized scholars of all nationalities who have made significant contributions to their field of study. During Dr. Hamilton’s sabbatical leave, he intends to work on publications related to divine kingship and divine embodiment.

The W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (AIAR) in Jerusalem is the oldest American research center for ancient Near Eastern studies in the Middle East.  Founded in 1900 as the American School of Oriental Research (ASOR), it was renamed in 1970 after its most distinguished director, William Foxwell Albright.  Today, the Albright is one of three separately incorporated institutes affiliated with ASOR, the others being in Amman and Nicosia.

For more than a century, Albright/ASOR has provided scholars with an unparalleled international cultural environment and a unique program that spans the broad spectrum of ancient Near Eastern studies.  Each year, Albright Fellows, primarily from the United States, Canada, Europe and also from Asia, Australia, and South Africa, as well as Israelis and Palestinians, exchange information and ideas with hundreds of researchers from countries in the Eastern Mediterranean basin.  Dedicated to the advancement of the study of the literature, history and culture of the ancient Near East, including the disciplines of the Archaeology of Palestine and Biblical Studies, the Albright continues to be a major research center and to strive for excellence in scholarship.

Now, as in the past, the Albright Institute provides annually a wide range of programs and facilities for doctoral and post-doctoral research, as well as information-sharing, internship and field work programs for more than 3,000 persons.  These include a series of eighty-five scholarly presentations, study tours and social events, and support for twenty-five ASOR-affiliated/AIAR-assisted excavation, survey and publications projects.  It also includes a publications program, an extensive research library, workshops and living accommodations.  The Albright Institute jointly sponsors with the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem the long-term Tel Miqne-Ekron excavation and publications project.  It also initiated and administers the international research project, “The Neo-Assyrian Empire in the 7th Century BC: A Study of the Interactions between Center and Periphery,” involving fifty researchers working in thirteen countries in the Middle East and Mediterranean basin.

Congratulations Mark!