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This Sunday: Generosity

August 12th, 2015 | John Chandler

This Sunday, we are taking a week off from our time in the Sermon on the Mount to welcome Gideon Tsang for the sermon time. Gideon is a pastor with our good friends in Vox Veniae, and will be speaking on some thing he’s been learning about generosity. We’re thankful he can be with us this Sunday, and we hope … Read More

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This Sunday: The Lord's Prayer

August 5th, 2015 | John Chandler

This Sunday, we’ll visit one of the most recognizable teachings of Jesus: the Lord’s Prayer. While many of us may be familiar with it already, we won’t be looking for fresh new insights. We’ll simply allow ourselves to be reminded of the richness of what Jesus has to say. We gather for Liturgy every Sunday at 10:30am. You are welcome … Read More

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This Sunday: Love

July 22nd, 2015 | John Chandler

This Sunday, we’ll wind down Jesus’ list of examples of how the Kingdom of God might in the day to day. It is one of Jesus’ teachings that stands above all both for its noteriety and its potential complications — love for enemies. The embrace, or neglect, of this teaching is what Christians throughout history have most been known for. … Read More

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This Sunday: Anger

June 29th, 2015 | John Chandler

We’ve spent our first month in the Sermon on the Mount considering Jesus’ broad stroke descriptions of what it means to live within the Kingdom of God. In the coming weeks, we’ll see how Jesus moves on to some examples of how it looks in the day to day. This week, Jesus turns the conversation toward anger and so will … Read More

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This Sunday: A Turning Point

June 23rd, 2015 | John Chandler

This Sunday, April Karli is back preaching as we continue in the Sermon on the Mount. She’ll be directing us toward Matthew 5:17-20. Here’s what she has to say about it: Turning points in history are times when a decisive change happens. Usually, that change is positive. This week is a turning point in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus … Read More

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This Sunday: Savory Lumens

June 17th, 2015 | John Chandler

Some parts of the Bible have been quoted, alluded to, and riffed on so often that they can become recognizable even in the language of pop culture. This week’s text is one of those, as Jesus describes how his followers should recognize themselves as the salt of the earth and the light of the world. The danger is that this … Read More

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This Sunday: Sermon on the Mount

June 3rd, 2015 | John Chandler

As Jesus traveled from place to place in the early first century, all of his teaching was about one central idea — The Kingdom of God. Everything he said, and did, was about explaining how things should look when they are going the way God intended, the way they are meant to be in God’s Kingdom. This summer, we are … Read More

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This Sunday: Interrupted by Pentecost

May 19th, 2015 | John Chandler

On Sunday, we’ll take a bit of a different angle at our “Summer of Hospitality.” For the last few weeks, we’ve been delving into the question “What does it mean for Austin Mustard Seed to be a people of hospitality?” With Pentecost upon us, we’ll look at this question from a different perspective: Are we ready to be hospitable to … Read More

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This Sunday: Let's Talk Hospitality

April 28th, 2015 | John Chandler

This Sunday, we begin a new season as we hold our first liturgy together at Brentwood Elementary School. But we are also beginnning a new season as we will spend the next few months focusing on our shared practice of Hospitality. Hospitality is more than a name for the hotel industry or potpourri in your guest bathroom. It is the … Read More

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What to Expect When You Visit on Easter

April 2nd, 2015 | John Chandler

With Easter rolling around, you might be thinking “maybe I should go to church this Sunday…” Visiting a church can be a daunting task. You don’t know anyone. You’re not sure if you believe anything they talk about. You are afraid of being judged. Those are reasonable fears. Chances are good that you’ve had awkward or painful experiences related to … Read More

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