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"An Anchor for the Soul"
by Tom Goodman
August 29, 2007

The Anchor Course is a place where spiritual seekers can discover the meaning of Christianity and believers can develop their understanding of the faith.  If one of those descriptions fits you, come join us!
After our Spring semester, here's what a participant wrote me:

"Coming from another faith, I wanted to explore what Christianity means.  The Anchor Course was a wonderful, intelligent, and safe place to explore, learn, and understand."

And a believer wrote:
"I think the reason I was attracted to this course was just the sheer pleasure of exploring and discussing faith.   I was attracted also to the idea that this course might make it easier to believe the things that I already do believe but that I find so difficult to believe.  I have questioned and doubted, made peace and then started the process all over again.  Thank you for the course, for the opportunity to study it at church, and for the very good discussions.  Already my faith is strengthened."

At the Anchor Course, you'll build friendships around a weekly meal, and you'll build faith around a weekly discussion.  The Anchor Course is ideal if...

  • you're a spiritual seeker who wants to learn more about the life and teaching of Jesus but you don't know where to start, or
  • you've become curious about the Christian convictions of your friends, or
  • you're married to a believer and you want to learn more about your partner's Christian faith, or
  • you're a parent who's wondered how to explain Christianity to your kids, or
  • you're a believer who wants a better grasp of the main points of your faith.

Come to my "Get Anchored" Dinner on Wednesday, September 12, 6:30-8:00pm.  By attending the dinner, you're under no obligation to sign up for the Anchor Course.  You'll enjoy a good meal and learn more about the course.  Should you decide to register for the course, we'll meet eight weeks for dinner and discussion starting Wednesday, September 19, 6:30-8:00pm.  Your children can join you for the meal and then go to childcare and youth activities, which take place at the same time.

For the "Get Anchored" Dinner, an RSVP is not required, but it is encouraged.  Contact my assistant, Jami (345-3771 or  To learn more, go to the Anchor Course website (here) or read a book excerpt (here).

If you'd like to have friends join you for the "Get Anchored" Dinner, the easiest way to invite them is to just forward this email to them!


The Hillcrest Institute Begins September 9!  Go online now to learn more about our excellent classes and to register.  Classes include "Experiencing God," "Financial Peace University," "Experiencing the Heart of Jesus," "First Place," "Jesus the One and Only," "Love and Respect," "PraiseHill," a Precept Class, "Spiritual Warfare," "The Disciple's Cross," and "Finding Your P.L.A.C.E."

Kids Music Theater Begins September 9!  Did you see our ad in the Northwest edition of the Community Impact newspaper?  Learn more here and spread the word!

Links to Your World (From my weblog, "Get Anchored")

"The 78759 ZIP code has at least 47 of the city's innovative tech companies, more than double any other ZIP code in Austin -- and the tech force keeps coming.  That's the Hillcrest ZIP code.  (Community Impact: Northwest Austin)

Where Do You See God Working in Austin?

For students:  11 ways to make this your best semester yet (HT: Presurfer)

Besides leaving the hospital with a birth certificate and a clean bill of health, some babies are getting something they won't likely use for several years:  their very own Internet domain names.

Post-abortion -- God's forgiveness.

A fifty-nine year old man is returning to Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas to play football one more time.

See more links at my weblog, "Get Anchored" (click here).

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