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Help us prepare our new Sunday spaces

February 21st, 2017

John Chandler

In March, Austin Mustard Seed will begin gathering for Sunday liturgy in the building of Rosedale Baptist Church. We are thankful for their hospitality, and excited for the opportunity to create a space that best serves our “work of the people.”

Here’s what we look forward to in this new season of Austin Mustard Seed:

  • A space to gather that we can arrange and decorate to best serve our liturgy… and that we can leave setup most weeks.
  • Classrooms of our own that we can furnish and equip to be inviting and safe… and a much shorter walk from the chapel.
  • A snug room for young families to care for their little ones…or maybe just let their kids toddle a bit.
  • Space to grow as we invite others to share in our liturgy… and with a cup of coffee in hand throughout.

But we’ll need some help to make the most of these spaces:

  • We’ve never had classrooms of our own, so we’ll require furnishings and fun stuff for each of them.
  • We’ll make sure to have plenty of new signs to help people find their way.
  • We need some additional equipment and decor to make ourselves at home in the chapel.

We want to raise $10,000 to make the best use of this space. If you are part of our community, we hope you’ll consider participating beyond your regular giving. If you are a friend of our community, thanks for considering how you might join us in this opportunity.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Use this secure form to give online.
  • Send a check to our mailbox. Please be sure to indicate Rosedale Setup in the memo.
  • Give during the offering in our next few weeks of liturgy. Please put it in an envelope labeled Rosedale Setup so it gets properly designated.

Philippians 3:12-4:1 (2017.02.19 Sermon)

February 21st, 2017

John Chandler


John Chandler explains the Apostle Paul’s plan for how we can and will know the fullness of Christ.

Quotes and links mentioned:

  • Chef’s Table
  • To live strongly and creatively in the kingdom of the heavens, we need to have firmly fixed in our minds what our future is to be like. We want to live fully in the kingdom now, and for that purpose our future must make sense to us. It must be something we can now plan or make decisions in terms of, with clarity and joyful anticipation. In this way our future can be incorporated into our life now and our life now can be incorporated into our future. — Dallas Willard in The Divine Conspiracy

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Philippians 3.1-11 (2017.02.12 Sermon)

February 13th, 2017

John Chandler

John Chandler, thanks to the apostle Paul, spent a great deal of time talking about circumcision and excrement.

Quotes and links mentioned:

  • Saul clung to his zeal and force of will. Sounding like the prototypical Enneagram Type One that he was, after his conversion he described this as his desire to attain perfection by the strength of his efforts. What a relief it must have been for him to replace the perfection he had sought through hard work with “the perfection that comes through faith in Christ, and is from God”. — David Benner in The Gift of Being Yourself
  • But, like Paul, awareness of the flesh helps us understand how it can be a conduit for God’s purposes. For example, Paul used his status as a Roman citizen in to avoid a flogging and imprisonment (Acts 22:25-29). — MaryKate Morse in Making Room for Leadership
  • On Ramp podcast

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Philippians 2:12-30 (2017.02.05 Sermon)

February 6th, 2017

John Chandler

John Chandler took us to the halfway point in our trek alongside the Philippians.

Quotes and links mentioned:

  • “But what does that mean? Work out our salvation? With fear and trembling? If we shrink salvation down to a ticket to heaven, Paul’s exhortation makes little sense. But if we understand salvation as Maximus the Confessor described it—“an entirely new way to be human”—then it makes perfect sense. Salvation is not securing a seat for the bus to heaven, but a thorough living out of resurrection implications. Paul is telling the Philippian Christians that, regarding their salvation, they are to work it out, walk it out, live it out—and to do so with fear and trembling. Why fear and trembling? Because what we have involved ourselves with in Christ is so utterly astonishing!” — Brian Zahnd in Beauty Will Save the World

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This is Who We Are: Aubrey Evans

February 2nd, 2017

Chris Morton

This is Who We Are is an interview series where the women and men of Austin Mustard Seed introduce themselves. If you’d like to participate, send an email to Chris Morton.

This week we have the pleasure of introducing you to Aubrey Evans.

What hobbies do you have?

I enjoy playing guitar, songwriting, and poetry, and going out to see live music. Also, I have a pet cat named Pumpkin who I love to spoil.

What is your favorite dish to cook?

I have finally mastered my mom’s famous chicken soup from scratch.

What is the most influential book you have ever read?

The Language of God by Francis S. Collins, written by the head of the Human Genome Project who describes his personal journey from atheism to faith through scientific exploration.

Where did you grow up?

Chilly, gray Rochester, NY

What is your day job?

I am currently working through my hospital rotations as a student nurse.

What is your favorite verse in scripture?

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

These words have been a comfort to me during unpredictable times, and I continue to rely on them for encouragement.

What is one thing you love about Austin Mustard Seed?

Every week I am touched by the Prayers of the People, in which we share personal grievances and gratitudes. It’s very humbling to join in the vulnerabilities of others, and it’s a unique reminder of the “Common Life” in which we all share.

Super Bowl of Chili II

February 1st, 2017

Chris Morton

Sunday is the Second Annual Super Bowl of Chili! Bring your best recipe and you could win the Golden Ladle!

(There will also be a football game playing.)

The game starts at 5pm. We’ll be watching it at the home of Jonathan and Alison Baker (6106 Bull Creek.)

Bring:

  • Your best pot of chili
  • A drink you like
  • Folding Chairs for inside
  • Camping Chairs for outside

Do Not Bring:

  • Chips
  • Sides
  • Desserts
    (They will be provided)

Give your chili a name to help with the voting.

INVITE YOUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS

Due to health concerns in our community, please DO NOT bring items containing peanuts, tree nuts, sunflower seeds, sunflower oil, or even items that may contain traces of these items. Thanks…this will allow all to fully participate and enjoy the evening.

Jesus’ Path to Power: Philippians 1:27-2:18 (2017.01.29 Sermon)

January 31st, 2017

John Chandler

Chris Morton continues our discussion of Philippians.

Quotes and links mentioned:

  • “Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.” Francis of Assisi
  • “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” Teresa of Calcutta
  • “I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.” Napoleon Bonaparte

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This is Who We Are: Jonathan and Alison Baker

January 26th, 2017

Chris Morton

This is Who We Are is an interview series where the women and men of Austin Mustard Seed introduce themselves. If you’d like to participate, send an email to Chris Morton.

This week we have the pleasure of introducing you to Jonathan and Alison Baker.

Where is the most exciting place you have traveled?

We spent 10 days in Europe in 2009. We flew in to Madrid, took trains to Valencia, Barcelona, Marseille, Paris, Caen, and flew out from London. We were most impressed by the cathedrals Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy.

What was the last movie you watched that you really enjoyed?

Alison really enjoyed La La Land, and the last movie Baker really enjoyed was Ex Machina.

What hobbies do you have?

Alison likes to read, garden, and cook. Baker plays board games, video games, and all the sportsball.

Where did you grow up?

Alison grew up in Paducah, KY, and Baker grew up in Centerville, TN.

Where did you go to school?

Baker went to Freed-Hardeman in Henderson, TN for a couple years and transferred to Lipscomb University where he met Alison and fell deeply in love.

What is your favorite story or verse in scripture?

Alison’s favorite verse is Matthew 17:20 “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Baker’s favorite chapters are Romans 8, Ephesians 3, Colossians 1 and 1 John 1.

What is one thing you love about Austin Mustard Seed?

I love being part of a group of people who are serious about seeking truth, but not so serious about thinking they have the truth figured out. That means that whether I’m in passionate believer phase or hopeful skeptic phase, I still have a place at the table.

Sunday Night: A Primer on Austin Mustard Seed

January 24th, 2017

Chris Morton

 

Is this the place for me?

If you’ve visited Austin Mustard Seed, we hope you had fun and felt welcomed.

Chances are you’ve still got questions. You might be wondering:

  • Who are these people?
  • Why did they start a church?
  • What is most important to them?

We will answer these questions and a lot more at our next Primer, this Sunday evening, January 29.

There will also be pizza from East Side Pies (it’s on us).

We’ll meet at the McCormick’s house (3006 Stoneway) at 6pm. We look forward to sharing a bit of our story and hearing a bit of yours.

We’ll also have lots of time to discuss any questions you might have.

Email Chris Morton to RSVP.

Philippians 1:12-26 (2017.01.22 Sermon)

January 22nd, 2017

John Chandler


John Chandler played his history nerd card for a sermon on Philippians 1:12-26.

Quotes and links mentioned:

  • The Cult of Mithras
  • “The Christian message in this situation can be reduced to a simple formula: by virtue of his resurrection, Christ’s end in the catastrophe on Golgotha became the true beginning of his new life for us. His raising from the dead shows the divine power of beginning in the end.” — Jurgen Moltmann

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