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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Good Friday Liturgy Begins at 7pm

April 1st, 2015 | John Chandler

Easter is just around the corner, and as much as we want to celebrate the Ressurection, it’s not quite time. Join us for an evening of worship and contemplation, as we recall Jesus death, and our own loss. Good Friday Liturgy will take place on April 3 at 7500 Woodrow Avenue at 7pm.

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This Sunday: Lent 3

March 4th, 2015 | John Chandler

We see Lent, and the other focused seasons on the church calendar, as a time for us to join with churches around the world in assigned texts for our Sunday readings and study. For us, though, we also see this as a time to invite voices from within our community to share their experience and perspective on those texts. This … Read More

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This Sunday: Lent 2

February 25th, 2015 | John Chandler

Lent is often consider to be a time of sorrow and grief as we reflect on sin, brokenness and death. And this week’s passage — Psalm 22 — doesn’t disappoint with an ongoing theme of experiencing affliction.  But this poem doesn’t dwell on affliction just for the sake of being a downer, and neither should we. As we will be … Read More

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