Whit Bodman’s Lenten Study

Whit Bodman will begin a Lenten study this Sunday focused on Marcus Borg’s, The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith. We will focus on the first two chapters, an outline of those chapters and several questions are posted on the church website.  There will be copies available when we meet.  It will be supplemented by some other short readings which will be distributed ahead of time as well.  The topic is “What I Believe, What I Don’t, and Why.”  We will discuss the positives and negatives of various ideas about basic Christian topics such as God, Jesus, Faith, Crucifixion, Sin, and Prayer, ranging from modern progressive and humanistic understandings to the Reformed tradition of our roots. The approach is based on the idea that every perspective has strengths and weaknesses.  It is helpful to identify them.  This is a discussion, with a short initial presentation to start us off.  We will meet after worship from March 10th to April 7.

Confirmation class will also be restarting.  We will meet at 9:45 upstairs in the youth room.  Donuts and “breakfast sodas” will be available. Please see Whit Bodman if you’d like more details.

Sunday, March 17th, 2019—

Notes on Marcus Borg’s “The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith”

First Handout:  Notes on “The  Heart of Christianity”, for class 1 & 2. click to pdf version to read, click Word version to download:

PDF version: https://congregationalchurchofaustin.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Notes-on-The-Heart-of-Christianity-–-class-I.pdf

Word Version:   https://congregationalchurchofaustin.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Notes-on-The-Heart-of-Christianity-–-class-I.docx

Ash Wednesday Handout:

PDF Version:  https://congregationalchurchofaustin.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/4-things-to-know-about-Ash-Wednesday.pdf

Word Version: https://congregationalchurchofaustin.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/4-things-to-know-about-Ash-Wednesday.docx

Sunday, March 24, 2019— Articles suggested by Whit: Handouts and Links: 

Link: Just click below:

Surprised by Awe; C. S. Lewis & Rudolf Otto’s The Idea of the Holy by Clara Sarrocco

Lenten-Study: To download word version click below:


Sacraments:To read the pdf version click below:


The Biblical Canon: To read the pdf version click below:

The Biblical Canon


Sunday, April 7, 2019 – CHAPTER 6 

To read the pdf versions click on the green link below:

 “Willimon on Borg,”

Willimon on Borg

“One New Book for the Preacher,” 

One New Book for the Preacher 

“Assessing Progress in the Third Quest of the Historical Jesus.”

Assessing Progress in the Third Quest of the Historical Jesus