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Morrison: The Problem with Framing the Race Discussion within Politics

August 17th, 2017

Chris Morton

This Sunday, we’ll be joined by our friend Latasha Morrison.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect. Learn more, and RSVP for lunch with Latasha HERE.

Sunday: Build Bridges with Latasha Morrison

August 14th, 2017

Chris Morton

Jesus followers can’t ignore the deep racial divides in our city.

Jesus himself, in stark contrast to his deeply divided culture, offered teaching and healing across racial boundaries.

Here’s how Paul, one of the first missionaries, described Jesus’ work:

His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. (Ephesians 2:15)

Racial tension and reconciliation is the backstory behind many books of the Bible.

Reconciling believers of different races was the purpose of the first every church council.

In other words, this is an ancient problem—and one that the church has always been called to work against.

What does it look like in light of the racism we face in our country today? What does it look like in Austin?

We’re pleased to invite Latasha Morrison to Austin Mustard Seed to help us wrestle with this question.

Meet Latasha

Latasha Morrison is a bridge-builder, reconciler and a compelling voice in the fight for racial justice.

She previously served as Children’s and Next Gen Director and recently joined staff at Gateway Church Central in Austin, Texas as the Director of Operations.

In addition to her church positions, she has simultaneously cultivated Be the Bridge; a ministry to equip and provide tools for those who are actively involved in taking the next steps toward racial solidarity.

Be the Bridge exists solely to see the Church and its people become a credible witness for the glory of God. We desire to embody John 17, where Jesus prayed that we would be one as He and the Father are one. Our unity is a witness that points people to Christ. Racial division and segregation have hindered the prayer that Jesus prayed for all believers.

Be the Bridge desires to create space and conversations that would begin to tear down racial barriers that have divided people – even God’s people. (Via beabridgebuilder.com)

Liturgy and Lunch with Latasha

On Sunday, August 20, Latasha will join Austin Mustard Seed for a day of learning about being a bridge builder.

Join us in The Orange Chapel at Rosedale Baptist Church (4400 Maybelle Ave.) for Liturgy at 10:30am, where Latasha will be preaching.

Or join us at lunch beginning at 12:30pm where Latasha will be speaking on the topic “Be the Bridge.”

Lunch is available for all with a suggested donation of $10.

Childcare is also available with a suggested donation.

You can learn more about Latasha and Be the Bridge at https://beabridgebuilder.com/

Jesus is Looking for Listeners

August 9th, 2017

Chris Morton

In Matthew 13, Jesus tells a parable where he describes four types of people who hear his message as soils. 3/4ths of them don’t know what to do with it.

But 1/4th get it. Their soil has an enormous harvest.

What’s the difference?

“The seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

The difference?

Hear and understand.

Many of us have heard God’s speak through Scripture our whole lives. Many of us have had moments where we heard God speak.

But how do we hear, listen and apply?

Learning to listen to God isn’t simple. It’s even harder to do alone.

That’s why we have Story Nights—a chance to help each other learn to hear what God wants us to do—and do it!

Our final Men’s Story Night for Summer 2017 is Wednesday at 6:30pm at the home of Rob Garza. Bring a Bite Sized food to share and your listening ears.

Click HERE to Details on Men’s Story Night

Our final Women’s Story for Summer 2017 night will be August 23.

Men: Drunch is Wednesday Night!

July 11th, 2017

Chris Morton

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Men’s Story Night returns Wednesday, July 6 at 6:30pm, at 1307 Karen Ave.

We’ll do two things at Men’s Story Night:

  • Eat Drunch (Breakfast-for-Dinner)
  • Listen to each other

Questions? Email Chris.

About Drunch

We’re making breakfast-for-dinner! Some items you might want to bring include:

Some possibilities include:

  • Pancake/Waffle mix
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Morning Star Breakfast Patties
  • Biscuits
  • Frittata
  • Fruit
  • OJ
  • Cinnamon Toast
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Refresher About Story Night

Story Night is a chance for one person to share a story, and for the rest of us to practice listening. This is a sacred space where we grow closer, and where we learn to hear the guidance of God’s Spirit.

Click HERE to read a one-page description of what to expect at Story Night.

This video explains what we mean when we’re describing “storytelling.”

The Learning Circle from FloodSanDiego on Vimeo.

Two storytellers are needed to share about a recent or powerful moment in their lives that they are still processing. Please email Chris if you can participate.

See you Wednesday!

Celebrating Our Victories—and Building on Them

July 10th, 2017

Chris Morton

What victories have you experienced since being a part of Austin Mustard Seed?

Perhaps you have learned new and challenging truths about following Jesus. Perhaps you have seen an old prayer finally answered. Perhaps you have made new and meaningful relationships.

As we grow and mature as a Church, it helps to ask the question “where have we already seen God at work?” and “how can join what we see him doing among us?”

Family Meeting: Lunch, Sunday, July 16

Next Sunday, in lieu of our normal after-Liturgy-lunch, we’ll stick around for a “working lunch”, where we discuss these ideas together.

Plan to join us in dreaming and praying about how to build on what God is already doing among us.

 

Wednesday: Women’s Story Night

June 26th, 2017

Chris Morton

The summer is upon us and that means Story Nights!

Our first Women’s Story Night is Wednesday at 6:30pm, at the home of Melissa Summers. (For address and information, email us at info@austinmustardseed.org.)

We’ll do two things at Women’s Story Night:

  1. Eat Food
  2. Listen to each other

How Story Night Works

Story Night is a chance for one person to share a story, and for the rest of us to practice listening. This is a sacred space where we grow closer, and where we learn to hear the guidance of God’s Spirit. 

Two storytellers are needed to share about a recent or powerful moment in their lives that they are still processing. You can read a one page description of how the storytelling works herePlease email us and let us know if you’d like to participate.

Wednesday: Men’s Story Night

June 13th, 2017

Chris Morton

The summer is upon us, and we couldn’t be more excited!

Our first Men’s Story Night is Wednesday at 6:30pm, at the home of Kevin Baker (details here_).

We’ll do two things at Men’s Story Night:

  1. Grill Food
  2. Listen to each other

About Grilling

Kevin will have the grill fired up, but we need to bring the fajita makings! Please email Chris and let us know what you can bring. We need:

  • Protein (Mushrooms, Beans, Chicken, Steak or Surprise Us)
  • Vegetables
  • Buns
  • Sides
  • Drinks (for all ages)
  • Chips
  • Salsa/Guacamole/Queso
  • Dessert

About Story Night

Story Night is a chance for one person to share a story, and for the rest of us to practice listening. This is a sacred space where we grow closer, and where we learn to hear the guidance of God’s Spirit. 

Two storytellers are needed to share about a recent or powerful moment in their lives that they are still processing. You can read a one page description of how the storytelling works herePlease let Chris know if you’d like to participate.

Story Night: 3 Reasons You Do NOT Want to Come

June 12th, 2017

Chris Morton

Every Summer at Austin Mustard Seed, we gather in groups of all men and all women, for the purpose of telling stories. The goal is that by telling stories, you’ll learn what God is calling you to do, and how you might do that.

We’ve done this now for four summers. It is consistently a sacred space where we encounter God and discover more about our vocation.

But it’s hard—and it’s not for everyone.

Here are three reasons you should NOT come to Story Night this Summer.

You Don’t Like Eating

At Story Nights, we always share a potluck meal. Sometimes we grill mounds of meat and vegetables. Other times we make fancy brunches of sous vide eggs, french toast, and breakfast tacos.

If you hate eating good food, you might not like Story Nights. If you aren’t a fan of relaxed times to build relationships while sitting together and having a tasty beverage, then you should not come.

You Hate Listening

At Story Night, we ask two people to share a story from their lives. Afterward, we try to discern what that person can learn. The way we do that is by asking open-ended, non-directive questions. During this time, no one can share their personal opinion—just listen.

Listening is so hard that most of us never do it. You can get better at listening by coming to Story Night and practicing. If the hard work of learning to listen is too much for you, then you might want to stay home.

You Have All the Tools You Need

One goal of Story Night is to equip us to have important conversations throughout the week at Austin Mustard Seed. You’ll leave with a new skill for helping your friends answer the question “what is God calling me to do?”

Perhaps you don’t want any new tools for helping others. If you are already great at this—don’t waste your time by coming.

If You Have to Come

If you absolutely have to come to Story Night, here’s what you need to know:

The next Men’s Story Night is June 14 6:30pm, at the home of Kevin Baker. You can bring a grillable to share.

The next Women’s Story Night is June 28 6:30pm, at the home of Melissa Summers.

See you throughout the week (if you want…)

This Sunday: Walking Meditation

June 7th, 2017

Chris Morton

In Matthew 28, Jesus says “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me…and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

That means that everywhere we go Jesus is up to something—and we get to join him!

Unfortunately, we don’t always know how to notice what is happening all around us.

This Sunday we’ll order lunch from Chipotle and practice a “walking meditation” in the neighborhood. The goal is to help us start prayerfully looking for where Jesus is already up to something, so that we can join him.

This is Who We Are: Madelynn Marlow

May 30th, 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 Madelynn Marlow.

Madelynn is currently spending the summer in Turkey. You can follow her adventures HERE.

What’s your favorite place you’ve traveled?

Definitely Kenya. The people were the sweetest, and the nature was so beautiful, from the Savannah to the mountains.

What is the most influential book you have ever read?

This is my favorite but hardest question to answer- probably East of Eden or To Kill a Mockingbird.

Who are some of your heroes and why?

My great-grandmother, because she was a strong woman who tirelessly loved everyone she encountered. She was like a Texan Mother Teresa (another one of my heroes, for the same reason), but more feisty.

Why do you follow Jesus?

Because Jesus embodies love. He is approachable, relational, and the truest thing I know. I also love that he meets us where we are, we don’t have to work hard or be polished to sit in his presence.

What is your favorite story or verse in scripture?

The story of the woman who wept at Jesus’ feet (Luke 7:36-50). It kinda goes back to what I said about why I follow Jesus- I feel like this story really shows his radical, countercultural love.

Who has had the greatest influence in your life?

My mom- she taught me how to be strong, laugh, and enjoy life. She is my best friend and my favorite travel buddy. She’s the best.

What is one thing you love about Austin Mustard Seed?

I love that I can bring friends to our Liturgy who have never been in a church and that they walk away saying, “Wow, that felt like a family.”