November 20th, 2017
April Karli continues our eight week discussion series, “Catechesis: What the Church Has Always Believed”, by asking the question: “Who is the Holy Spirit?”
Quotes and Resources:
- “When believers live in the power of the Spirit, the evidence in their lives is supernatural. The church cannot but be different, and the world cannot help but notice.” — Francis Chan
November 14th, 2017
We’ve called our 8 weeks of Catechesis a discussion series. We hoped each week would be more than a sermon, but a conversation starter into Community Groups and beyond.
In the same way, we don’t see our last week of the series as the end of the discussion. We hope it continues into further discussions in the life of Austin Mustard Seed.
There have been many great questions along the way during lunches, and in community groups, but we want to make space for more. On Sunday, November 26, we’ll engage those questions. (And if there is more than we can tackle in a Sunday, we’ll bring some to the blog too!)
Please take a few moments to share your question(s) on the form below:
November 13th, 2017
John Chandler continues our eight week discussion series, “Catechesis: What the Church Has Always Believed”, by asking the question: “What happened at the cross?”
Quotes and Resources:
- “Ultimately, we cannot understand the full meaning of the cross of Christ. We can only stand in silence before it, acknowledge its wonder, and submit to its power. Nevertheless, we desire to understand the depth of Christ’s work on our behalf and to speak about the salvation we have experienced.” — Stan Grenz
- “Salvation in the New Testament is not seen as an escape from the world of space, time, and matter, but rather as its redemption. The death of Jesus was the moment when the great gate of human history, bolted with iron bars and overgrown with toxic weeds, burst open so that the Creator’s project of reconciliation between heaven and earth could at last be set in powerful motion.” — NT Wright, The Day the Revolution Began
- “…the point that must be made at the center of any account of Christian mission: the victory of the cross will be implemented through the means of the cross.” — NT Wright, The Day the Revolution Began
November 11th, 2017
Throughout the Catechesis series, we’re providing an extra “cutting room floor” podcast, where we share some key ideas that we didn’t have time for in the week’s sermon.
This week, we asked the question “who is Jesus?” and discovered three core ideas the Church has always believed about Jesus.
One is that Jesus is SMART!
As Dallas Willard says in Divine Conspiracy
Our commitment to Jesus can stand on no other foundation than a recognition that he is the one who knows the truth about our lives and our universe. It is not possible to trust Jesus, or anyone else, in matters where we do not believe him to be competent. We cannot pray for his help and rely on his collaboration in dealing with real-life matters we suspect might defeat his knowledge or abilities. And can we seriously imagine that Jesus could be Lord if he were not smart? If he were divine, would he be dumb? Or uninformed? Once you stop to think about it, how could he be what we take him to be in all other respects and not be the best-informed and most intelligent person of all, the smartest person who ever lived?
November 7th, 2017
November 3rd, 2017
Did you know that 20% of people living in Travis County are below the federal poverty level? More than half of the Travis County residents eligible for SNAP are not enrolled.
That translates into a lot of hungry neighbors who we can help.
This November our Kindergarten-5th graders are going to take the lead in a food drive at Austin Mustard Seed. They’ll be learning about how to love and serve our neighbors while encouraging all of us to participate by bringing food to donate.
Starting THIS SUNDAY, NOV 5, we’ll be collecting donations for the Micah 6 food pantry. Micah 6 is a nonprofit that meets the needs of the homeless and impoverished in the University of Texas area. They donate over 3,000 pounds of food a week.
Items needed include:
- canned meats like tuna, stew and chili (pop-tops preferred)
- canned vegetables
- pasta and pasta sauce
- healthy cereals
- UHT packaged milk and juice that requires no refrigeration
(Ultra High Temperature, or long shelf storage packing)
How do we make space for people of all ages in our community AND care for our neighbors? By inviting our elementary age kids to champion this project.
Bring your food items to donate starting this week and throughout November! Let’s see how much we can collect!
October 30th, 2017
John Chandler continues our eight week discussion series, “Catechesis: What the Church Has Always Believed”, by asking the question: “What does it mean to be created in the image of God?”
Quotes and Resources:
- “You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” — Anne Lamott
- “It is true that the Christian West used its technological superiority to colonize much of the world, and that technology has created serious dangers for the environment as well as for humanity. Nevertheless, it is ideological blindness to ignore the fact that technology functioning within a biblical framework has been one of the chief instruments of human emancipation.” — Vishal Mangalwadi, The Book That Made Your World
- “The image is a physical manifestation of divine (or royal) essence that bears the function of that which it represents; this gives the image-bearer the capacity to reflect the attributes of the one represented and act on his behalf.” — John H. Walton
October 28th, 2017
October 27th, 2017
Tomorrow we’re hosting the Austin Venue for SheLeads.
The party starts at 10:30 am at the Orange Chapel. Come on over, even if you haven’t registered yet.
One major reason we’re hosting this event is that of my dad, Jack Hammans, and the influence he had on me.
Jack will be a part of our panel of local leaders. He will share some of his own story of how he’s come to support women in leadership. He’ll be joined by three amazing local leaders who are women.
Thanks, Dad for being instrumental in my own development and growth both as a follower of Jesus and as a leader in the church.
If you are still on the fence, think about all of our amazing kids and the kind of church you want them to grow up in. Wouldn’t it be great if we could inspire them the same way Jack inspired me? Come on over tomorrow and we’ll dream about it together.
See you tomorrow.
October 24th, 2017
As a church, we have beliefs.
As individuals, it’s a little more complicated.
Sometimes we strongly agree. Sometimes we doubt.
If you don’t have anywhere to discuss your doubts, they can become much more.
Fears. Frustrations. Cynicism.
We grow isolated because we are afraid to share our doubts.
When you have a safe space to discuss what you believe, you fears grow smaller. Doubts which were once crippling transform into mystical questions.
We’re halfway through our discussion series “Catechesis,” where we are revisiting timeless core beliefs of the Church. Instead of ignoring or silencing our doubts, we’re pushing into them.
We’re asking questions that might seem dangerous—but we’re doing it in safe places filled with friends.
When we ask difficult questions together, we are transformed from apprehension to wonder.
Listen Back to the Catechesis Series
- Week One: What is Belief? (Chris Morton)
- What is Belief? Cutting Room Floor
- Week Two: What is the Bible? (John Chandler)
- What is the Bible? Cutting Room Floor
- Week Three: Why do Christians Call God a Trinity? (Shane Blackshear)
- Why do Christians Call God a Trinity? Cutting Room Floor
- What is God’s Relationship with Creation? (John Chandler)
- Coming soon: What is God’s Relationship with Creation Cutting Room Floor