Speakers and 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.

Allen loves to play raquetball and to visit his grandchildren.


Mark Hamilton, Preaching from the Decalogue

Dr. Mark Hamilton began teaching at ACU’s Graduate School of Theology in 2000, where he teaches courses in Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament. Dr. Hamilton has two children, Nathan and Hannah, with his lovely wife, Dr. Samjung Kang-Hamilton, who is an adjunct professor in religious education also at ACU. Dr. Hamilton 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, Dr. Hamilton published A Kingdom for a Stage, a political and theological reflection of the Old Testament.

Mark is author of more than 100 articles, chapters in books, and reviews. His books include The Body Royal: The Social Poetics of Kingship in Ancient Israel and the Levant (Brill, 2005; reprinted Society of Biblical Literature, 2007), On the Mountain with God (ACU Press, 2009), A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament (Oxford University Press, 2018), A Kingdom for a Stage (Mohr Siebeck, 2018), as a co-editor Renewing Tradition: Studies in Texts and Contexts (Pickwick, 2007), and as a co-author God’s Holy Fire: The Nature and Function of Scripture (ACU Press, 2002). He also served as Editor-in-Chief of Transforming Word: A One-Volume Bible Commentary (ACU Press, 2009; Croatian translation, 2011-). His articles and reviews have appeared in many major journals. He is a board member of Review of Biblical Literature, Restoration Quarterly, Review of Biblical Literature, and Kairos (Croatia).


Jim Reynolds, Preaching 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).

He has been a licensed marriage and family counselor, and has published numerous articles and books, including Secrets of Eden, God and Human Sexuality (1974), The Lepers Among Us (2007), The 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 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.

Jim and his wife Donna have two children, and eight grandchildren.


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.

He 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.

He is also the author of Loosening Your Grip (1st ed. Fort Worth: Sweet, 1994. 2nd ed. Nashville: Welverst, 2000); Up Close and Personal: Embracing the Poor, with Ron Bergeron and Anthony Wood (Joplin, MO: College Press, 2000); Children Mean the World to God (Nashville: 21st Century Christian, 2001); The Minor Prophets, Vol. 1, The College Press NIV Commentary (Joplin, MO: College Press, 2001); and It’s All About God with David Ralston (Nashville: 21st Century Christian, 2004). He provided several chapters in Unfinished Reconciliation: Justice, Racism, and Churches of Christ, edited by Gary Holloway and John York (Revised Edition, Abilene: ACU Press, 2013). Harold’s latest books take up the biblical perspective on children. A whole section of GodWorks—Joining Jesus on the Journey (Nashville: 21st Century Christian, 2016) reflects on the next generation. Dr. Shank blogs regularly at www.haroldshank.com and on Facebook.

Harold and his wife Sally are both members of the Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond, OK. They have two adult sons.


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. He was born in Queensland, Australia, and received his early education there. 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 McNicol 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. He is married to Patricia Burke McNicol from Midland, Texas. Patricia majored in piano performance at Texas Tech and the University of Texas in Austin and now teaches piano at her studio in Austin. Two sons, Rob and Chris, are adults and live outside of Austin.

For the past several decades McNicol 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. McNicol continues to research and publish in that area. He is also interested in the area of eschatology. His latest book was The Conversion of the Nations in Revelation and was published by T&T Clark in 2011. Before that he edited Resourcing New Testament Studies: Literary, Historical, and Theological Essays in Honor of David L. Dungan (T&T Clark) 2009. David Peabody and J. Samuel Subramanian also served as editors in this project. He is now working on a monograph on biblical theology.

In the area of church life, McNicol maintains a deep interest in the Churches of Christ and their development theologically within the wider Stone-Campbell movement. He teaches seminars and classes in schools and churches within this heritage on several continents. At present he is especially interested in the theological identity of the Churches of Christ as a religious tradition. He has written several articles taking the position that the Churches of Christ and the Stone-Campbell movement constitute a definable theological tradition that has its own special identity. McNicol contends that this identity functions with its own set of distinguishing characteristics in much the same way as the Lutheran, Reformed or Pentecostal families of communions. He argues that, as a fellowship seeking to restore the common faith of the ancient church as a basis for the unification of all Christians, Churches of Christ stand or fall on their ecclesiology. In this context McNicol contends that Churches of Christ should not view themselves as part of the Evangelical movement since Evangelicalism (at least in its American iteration) has no coherent doctrine of the church. At the heart of the ecclesiology of Churches of Christ stands the rite of believer’s baptism for the forgiveness of sins and weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper where one regularly continues to claim the benefits of the expiatory sacrifice of Christ. In short, by pursuing this ‘third way’ between Evangelicalism and the high sacramental traditions of Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy, one best represents the direction to genuine recovery of the biblical insights into the nature of the church.