What does human flourishing look like? Is it possible today? If so, how? How can power be used to help others flourish?
We all know how power can be used to tear down others. Can it be used to build up? To bring life and freedom to others? If so, how?
What hinders human flourishing? What are the idols that we set up in our own lives and in our societies that snatch away all that is good and beautiful?
How does power lead to injustice and yet be used to defeat injustice?
Find out the answers to these questions and more in an Evening With Andy Crouch, Sunday, June 14, 7:00pm at Ballet Austin.
Join us for an evening of music, art, a presentation and discussion that will help you think about what it really means for humans to flourish, both as individuals as well as societies, and what the implications are for your own life. There will be opportunity for Q&A after Andy's presentation, so come ready for an exciting evening. CLICK HERE for more information, including Andy's bio.
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Friends of PlantR,
I wanted to take a few moments to tell you about our upcoming Slave-Free City Summit. For me the idea of a Slave-Free City started out of my context as pastor. Theologically speaking, slavery is an all out assault on and complete contempt for the image of God in humanity. When the highest office of mankind, the image of God, is debased to something less than life, an active and tangible response from the Church is, at a very minimum, necessary. If we believe human life is dawned by the image of God, then we must, figure out how to respond to the violence of human slavery. We must be about restoring freedom and dignity to humanity. These ideas created in me a desire to see Austin, Texas, become the first Slave-Free City in the United States.
I believe this is only possible when we as the church are willing to humbly partner and collaborate with all the different sectors of society to make it as hard as possible for slavery to exist in our neighborhoods and cities. To be a person and community of faith who is for the city, to be a pastor who preaches ultimate freedom in and through Jesus Christ, to be a theologian who understands and knows the constant thread of justice and righteousness that runs deep throughout the pages of our scriptures and not actively respond to the issue of slavery in our city is at the very least inconsistent to who we claim be. I believe, in partnership with local non-profits, government organizations, law enforcement, local business, and education the church can help lead the way to seeing Austin, our city, the city we love, become a Slave-Free City!
One of the ways Allies is committed to seeing this dream become a reality is by hosting one of the, if not the most, unique Summits in the United States. Allies is attempting to do something very few have done, and even less have had success doing. The Summit is not a Christian conference, nor an education conference, nor a conference dedicated to social workers and law enforcement only, the Summit is a gathering of people from all sectors of society (just look at the speaker list), coming together under one roof to learn from each other what it will take to build a Slave-Free City. The Summit will address topics such as disruption of unjust systems, race, history, art, faith, immigration, transitional justice, tech, enterprise, business, and other issues that intersect with the problem of human trafficking right here in our back yard.
When: April 17th-18th
Where: For the City Center, 500 East Saint Johns Avenue, Austin, TX 78752
Who’s Presenting: HERE
Discount Rate: Through Sunday, the 22nd save 35% discount on all registrations. Simply enter the code 'springbreak' at checkout.
Take a moment and watch our promotion video:
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-Matthew Hansen is part of the PlantR network, a local pastor and church planter, and an elder at Church at East
A few weeks back you received a message from Ross Parsley giving you an update on PlantR. We believe that PlantR has an important role to play in helping every man, woman, and child in Greater Austin have the opportunity to know and follow Jesus.
This is a quick reminder that on Thursday, March 12th, from 12-1:30pm, at the Austin Baptist Association’s office, we are hosting a conversation on the future of PlantR. I am personally looking forward to talking with you about what is next for PlantR. We want to hear your ideas on how we can more effectively serve planters already in the area as well those who are on their way.
Our friends at Texas Baptists have generously offered to provide lunch for us! So, please RSVP Here by Friday, March 6th to help us with a headcount.
Between now and the 12th, be thinking, praying, and writing down some ways you believe that PlantR can become a more strategic resource to the church planting efforts in Greater Austin. I’m convinced that God will use us collectively to create an even healthier environment for church plants to thrive!
See you on March 12th!
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Director Of PlantR
Lead Pastor Point Community Church