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Sermon Seminar

The 40th Annual Sermon Seminar will be held on May 24-26, 2021 at Lipscomb University Austin Center.

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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 Martin

Jim 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.

R. Mark Shipp

R. Mark Shipp, Preaching 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

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 Reynolds

Jim Reynolds, Addressing Controversial Subjects in a Non-Confrontational Way

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 Eden, God 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. (Tuesday Afternoon)

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