Is the Bible reliable? Does its reliability stand or fall upon the decisions of church councils? Does the Bible provide an accurate portrayal of the person of Jesus Christ? What was Jesus’ view of the Scriptures? These are important questions, especially in an educated, forward thinking city like Austin.
On Monday September 16th, Dr. Michael Goheen will address these questions as he speaks on “The Reliability of the Christian Canon.” Dr. Goheen is ... ... Read more »
As part of our call to glorify God by making disciples, we are excited to start another year of Porterbrook learning!
What is Porterbrook?
Porterbrook is a two-year church-based theological training program that helps Christians learn how to serve Jesus and his people better — whether they are church leaders, church planters, or everyday Christians wanting to deepen their theological understanding and engage missionally in the world around them. The program is flexible and has been ... ... Read more »
On Sunday evening, July 14th we are having our next Celebrate+Mission!! We will be inviting our church community to share a meal and celebrate what God has done, what He is doing and what He wants to do. As the body of Christ we have been given the call and joy to join God in the renewal of all things, and we want to take some purposeful time to celebrate that through song, stories and expressed hopes.
This is one of those few times that we will ask for ALL Soma Austin covenant ... ... Read more »
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"But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God ... ... Read more »
In looking at New Years resolutions the statistics aren't very promising. A recent New York Times article included the following:
“Most of us think that we can change our lives if we just summon the willpower and try even harder this time around...”“It’s exceptionally hard to make life changes,” Mr. Deutschman said, “and our efforts are usually doomed to failure when we try to do it on our own.”“80 percent of people who make resolutions on Jan. ... ... Read more »
"If it's cheap for you, it's because someone else paid the cost."- Kirsten Dickerson of Raven+Lily
Tuesday night we were filled with sorrow and anger in hearing stories of children being sold as cheap labor in the Ivory Coast, and we were filled with deep appreciation for and a desire to join those who are responding to bring renewal.
As part of the Free Austin iniative, we hosted a film screening of the Dark Side of Chocolate, a documentary exposing ... ... Read more »
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January 12, 2010, forever changed the lives of one and a half million Haitians who were displaced from their homes after a severe earthquake.
At Soma Austin, we are committed to help rescue, renew, and restore communities throughout Haiti, one home at a time. On May 5, we will be participating in Help One Now’s nation-wide Garage Sale. We will have three sales going on throughout the city, and we'd like to invite you to join us in our effort. We are in need of all of your stuff you're ... ... Read more »
We’d like to invite you to ReWork’s first ever Volunteer Orientation. The orientation is open to anyone who is already working with the program or would like to begin volunteering. Even if you are uncertain you want to get involved but would like to find out more, please join us.
The cost is free and open to all and is required for everyone wanting to regularly participate with ReWork. Below you can find out about some common volunteer activities.
When: April 15th at 3pm
Where: ... ... Read more »
What do you do when just existing is illegal? It’s a pretty tough existence when you know that your everyday routine, like sleeping, sitting down when you’re tired, or using the bathroom, breaks the law. What’s the point of trying to keep your criminal record clean when it seems like a pretty fruitless venture?
By definition, being homeless (i.e.: not having a private residence to sleep in) is illegal in our city. In 2005 Austin enacted a “no sit, no lie” law, ... ... Read more »
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(This is a guest post from Rachel Rich, a New City Church member and Haiti trip participant from 2012. In this post she shares her experiences and why she is heading back this June.)
"Last year I went to Haiti on a mission trip learning journey/pilgrimage with New City and Help One Now. I was on board the first day I heard Jacob mention the trip to Haiti. I was excited to get out of the country and get more involved with Help One Now. I didn’t know what to expect and when I ... ... Read more »
As part of our continuing global renewal efforts, we are excited to partner again with Help One Now on our next learning trip to Haiti this June!
For over three years we have partnered with them and local Haitian leaders on the ground to care for orphans and vulnerable children by helping childing, leaders & communities. This trip is a part of our long-term commitment to the friends and partners we've made along the way. In the past few years we've seen kids sponsored, homes built, water ... ... Read more »
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of traveling to Haiti with a team from Soma Austin and Austin New Church, in partnership with Help One Now. We spent eight days traveling around Port Au Prince, visiting with local pastors and leaders, learning about the work that is being done there. As a member of Soma Austin, the trip was especially touching because we got to shake hands with and hug many of the men and women that we have heard about over the past couple years. We were challenged, we were ... ... Read more »
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