A Complex World and the Simplicity of Faith

Complexity and Simplicity

Doesn’t life get really complicated at times? Relationships and other genders are hard to figure out, not to mention some of the calculus, physics or Arabic you may be studying. Sometimes it all gets overwhelming and difficult to navigate. While complex systems provide us with many benefits, the very complexity of solutions gives room to despair or failure.

God invites us to rest and trust in some simple truths. Jesus says, “Do not doubt but trust (or believe) (John 20: 27b) Paul writes, “For by grace you have been saved through faith…. It is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2: 8 )

The Community of Taize, in which tradition we will worship this coming Sunday, offers young adults direct and simple proposals for living the Christian life in a complex world. The 2013 proposals were: “1)Talk together about our faith journey; 2)Look for ways to encounter Christ; 3)Look for ways of relying on God; 4)Be open without fear to the future and to others.” I think these are good proposals for living.

                                                                     In Christ, Pastor Paul


WE HAVE A BUSY WEEK AT LCM!  Friends are always welcome!


 TUESDAY, 8 pm, Sophia (Women’s Bible Study) “Living the Questions”

WEDNESDAY, 7:30am, Breakfast with Gage Paine, VP of Student Affairs, at LCM (Sign up on Facebook)

WEDNESDAY, 3 – 4:30 pm, LCM Fair Trade and Malaria Initiative Outreach Table, West Mall. 

WEDNESDAY, 7pm, FREE Dinner. Guest: Austin Demny from Camp Briarwood.  After meal clean-up help is always welcome for about 20 minutes.   

THURSDAY, 6 pm, Man Group, “Living the Questions”

 FRIDAY, noon, Coffee and Conversation with Pastor Paul, Java City,  entrance to PCL. Conversations are in English or Spanish depending on the crowd.

SATURDAY, Roller Derby?  Watch Facebook.

SUNDAY, 7pm Worship Taize Worship at University Presbyterian (MEET at the Luther Center 6:50pm, or join us at 7 at University Pres, 22nd & San Antonio-go past corner into courtyard, enter door on left)


 Spring Break Trip to Garner State Park, March 7, 8 and 9th. 

March 21-23, Weekend of Taize at First Baptist, Austin.  Register at:   : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taize-pilgrimage-of-trust-austin-tickets-10049721989 

March 28 or 29th: Going out to eat at the Salt Lick

March 29 9am:  Lutheran Student Center Workday.

Kohn-Hutter and Leon G Bohls Scholarships due March 31.  We are able to award around $40,000 this year.

Drop by Lutheran Campus Ministry to visit and study, anytime.  This is your center.  All are welcome!


Check out our growing on-line community @ thepauselcm.wordpress.com, or join our Facebook group “Lutheran Campus Ministry Austin”

  Seventeen Lutheran UT students received Kohn-Hutter Scholarships through Lutheran Campus Ministry totaling $37,410 for the 2013-2014 School Year! That is a lot of money, and we are very pleased that Lutheran students at UT have this opportunity through LCM’s ministry. Additionally, 4 students also receive an extra $150 each through the Leon G. Bohls Family Scholarship.  The application process is open now, with a March 31 deadline.

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