This Sunday: Mystery, Calling, and Co-laboring

June 18th, 2014 | John Chandler

As I’ve mentioned in recent weeks, we have invited more voices from our community to preach on Sundays. While not all of us will have the gift of preaching or teaching, we do believe that we are blessed with many voices through whom the Spirit will speak. This Sunday, our own Erin Szczerba will preach on Ephesians 3:1-13. Paul weaves … Read More


Sunday Preview: An Unexpected Path to Reconciliation

June 10th, 2014 | John Chandler

A prophet and poet named Isaiah once told a story about how God reacts to people who are known for their “sinful greed.” God says: I was enraged by their sinful greed; I punished them, and hid my face in anger, yet they kept on in their willful ways. I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I … Read More


This Sunday: Pentecost

June 5th, 2014 | John Chandler

The two holidays most identified with Christianity are Christmas and Easter, and they are days worth celebrating. But Pentecost belongs alongside them — it marks the day the church as we know it began, and when God breathed life into this community that has now lived on for centuries. This Sunday, we celebrate the day of Pentecost, the coming of … Read More


This Sunday: Ephesians 2:1-10

May 27th, 2014 | John Chandler

This Sunday, we will return to Ephesus, reading Paul’s ancient letter to that church and imagining how his words about Jesus and resurrection are just is true for us today. As we saw in the first ‘chapter’ of this letter, Paul beings with some grand ideas. As we move on, we’ll see how the ideas become no less grand, but … Read More


Sunday Preview: Power.

May 14th, 2014 | John Chandler

If Jesus really rose from the dead, what are the implications for the world? This Sunday, we’ll continue our discussion of Ephesians and what it means to be a people who “Practice Resurrection.” We’ll be focusing on Ephesians chapter 1:15-23. The author Paul, explains that same power which brought Jesus back from the dead is now at work in the … Read More


This Sunday: Ephesians 1:3-14…again

May 6th, 2014 | John Chandler

Last Sunday, we eased our way through Ephesians 1:3-14, which we learned was originally written as a single sentence densely packed with rich concepts of God’s movement toward humans. We took a broad approach of the passage overall, seeing it as a statement of blessing and praise to open Pauls’ letter. This week, we’ll go back for another look. We’ll … Read More


This Sunday: Ephesians 1:3-14

April 30th, 2014 | John Chandler

After looking at the back story of events in Ephesus from Acts 19 last week, this week we are all in on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. We’ll sit with Ephesians 1:3-14, which in Paul’s original writing is one single, and very complex, sentence. He gives us a reminder of the work of God in the world not just for … Read More


This Sunday: Practice Resurrection

April 23rd, 2014 | John Chandler

We closed our Easter sermon with a call for us to Practice Resurrection. For the coming months, we will consider what it means to be a people who practice resurrection as we work our way through the book of the Bible called Ephesians together. This Sunday we will kick it all off as we learn about the time that the … Read More


Easter Liturgy and Lunch: The Details

April 14th, 2014 | John Chandler

On Sunday, April 20, our church community and our friends will join together to remember Christ’s resurrection. After our liturgy, we are planning to celebrate with an Easter potluck and an egg hunt for our kids. Here’s how you can help: RSVP Help get a count for supplies by RSVPing on Facebook.  While you’re at it, invite your friends. Bring a dish to … Read More


Easter Liturgy and Lunch

April 11th, 2014 | John Chandler

Austin Mustard Seed is a church community for both hopeful skeptics and passionate believers. Wherever you fall in that spectrum, we hope you will join us on April 20 for Easter. We’ll be discussing what it means for us to people who “practice Resurrection.” Our gathering time, or “Liturgy”, begins at 10:30am. Afterward, we’ll hang out for awhile and share … Read More