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The Rev. J. C. Austin

The Rev. J. C. Austin is director of the Center for Christian Leadership at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York, NY.

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The Reverend J.C. Austin has served as the Director of the Center for Christian Leadership at Auburn Theological Seminary since 2009. His work focuses on helping Christian church leaders develop continual and creative excellence in ministry both in their congregations and in public life.

Rev. Austin is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and spent ten years as a pastor in New York City before coming to Auburn. He earned his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the field of Theology and Public Life at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Rev. Austin preaches, teaches, and speaks regularly around the country, particularly on the subjects of church leadership development, giving/money in the church, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Christian social ethics. His public writings have appeared in The Huffington PostThe Daily Beast and The Washington Post's On Faith blog, and he has had many sermons featured on, the website of the Festival of Homiletics.

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The Rev. J. C. Austin

Changing Plans

Luke 10:1-11,16-20

7th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

July 07, 2013

The Rev. J. C. Austin (PCUSA)


If this story from Luke 10 tells us anything, it tells us that you do not want Jesus organizing volunteers at your church.  Can you imagine?  Everybody's milling around in coffee hour after the service, chatting and laughing and getting caught up with each other, and then Jesus steps into the middle of the room, clearing his throat and holding up a clipboard as he says loudly:  "Excuse me, can I have everyone's attention for a minute?  I still need seventy volunteers for a service opportunity this week.  This is a great chance to go out into strange and dangerous neighborhoods and invite yourselves into people's homes.  It will be like you are defenseless lambs sent out alone into the midst of ravenous wolves.  Oh, and please remember not to bring anything that might make it easier or safer or more comfortable for you to do that, okay?  So just come on over here and we'll get you all signed up. Thank you!"  That's no way to recruit volunteers!  How's he expect anyone to come?  Everyone knows you have to sell it: tell people it won't be hard, that anybody can do this; tell them it won't take a lot of time or effort; tell them everything will be set up for them, all they have to do is show have to make it easy for them to commit, so your program can be a success.  What is he thinking?

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J. C. Austin: Follow the Helpers, Not the Haters

The Rev. J. C. Austin (PCUSA)


This week, as we all began learning of and responding to the bombings in Boston, a meme of Mr. Rogers went viral on Facebook. Like a lot of us, I grew up visiting him almost every day in Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, his long-running children's TV show. So it was a little strange to see him suddenly in the middle of my NewsFeed, over and over, smiling his smile and wearing one of his sweaters. But as soon as I saw what he was saying, I understood why:

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September 16, 2012

Following Jesus Is for Losers

The Rev. J. C. Austin (PCUSA)

In his sermon on Mark 8:27-38, the Rev. J.C. Austin offers a fresh take on what it means to follow Jesus, who said that those who lose their lives for his sake will save it. What are we willing to lose in order to follow Jesus faithfully?
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October 06, 2011

The Rev. J. C. Austin: Is the Good Samaritan a Criminal in Alabama?

The Rev. J. C. Austin (PCUSA)

According to the Alabama State Legislature, both Jesus and the Good Samaritan got it wrong: the Samaritan should have checked the ID of the guy in the road before helping him, because if the guy in the road was an undocumented resident, the Samaritan should have passed by on the other side, too.