This first Well of the Winter Quarter is on the story of Nicodemus visiting Jesus. Ryan focuses on the dynamic of the conversation between them, and how we, like Nicodemus, try to “get a handle” on Jesus instead of letting the Holy Spirit transform us though grace upon grace.
Kaiti Lammert is back from maternity leave, and has preached the next installment of our John sermon series! Kaiti shows how Jesus’ cleansing of the temple demonstrates His all consuming zeal for His Church, His radical, life-altering authority, and how we are to be open to responding to that authority.
This week Ryan speaks about wine, marriage, sex, and Jesus’s love for humanity. This passage is from the well known story in John 2 where Jesus turns water into wine, but the significance of this miracle is often missed. The wedding in Cana is the beginning of Jesus’s ministry and the coming of his hour. In addition to including amusedly awkward discussions of sex, this sermon highlights how marriage points us towards the selfless and pure marriage between Christ and the Church.
This week Alana is preaching, and she continues the “Grace and Truth” series by looking at John 1: 35-51, and the testimonies that are told in that passage! Listen and consider the kinds of things we give our trust to, our worship of objectivity, and the way we see others and let ourselves be seen.
Ryan is back this week and is continuing “Grace and Truth” with John 1:19-34 and John the Baptist. In this passage we see a man who points others away from himself and towards the Lamb of God who is the sacrifice for the world. The talk focuses on our ability to be relieved of urgently narrating ourselves to others, and what John’s confidence rests in.
This week one of our interns, Emma Rankin, preached the latest installment of the “Grace and Truth” series. She spoke on the mystery of the trinity and the types of distortions we tend to apply to it. In this message, you’ll get a taste of the the ancient and pivotal teachings of Cyril of Alexandria, and even a cameo of some superheroes from The Flash tv show.
Listen as we discuss questions such as: Does Jesus have toenails? Did Jesus’ body change when he went to heaven? Why did Mary have to be a virgin? Why does it matter? These inquiries begin an analysis of the wonder of the incarnation, our understanding of salvation, and what it means to be a child of God.
This week Ryan spoke about the paradox of hope and frailty that Christians are called to have when they bear witness to the Gospel. This podcast episode covers topics such as the obsession our culture has for mass appeal, our betrayals of Jesus’ vulnerability, and the seductive temptation to try to free the Gospel from the possibility of rejection.
This past Tuesday, Ryan continued his series, “Grace and Truth,” by teaching on the nature of light and shadow in the human soul. Expect an analysis of the phenomenon of unmaking which we call evil, how we as Christians carry light or retreat into darkness, and some Gollum vs Darth Vader.
This is the first installment of Ryan’s series on John, titled “Grace and Truth.” He addresses the ubiquitous, mythical fear of losing our faith and spotlights the often unchallenged rival metanarrative of the natural sciences. He also delved into topics such as the very nature of being, our formation as Christians and the narratives we exist in, and how Eucharist teaches us to live in the story we read in scripture.