Ryan Ford returns to the book of John this week by teaching from John 4:1-26. The story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman is a classic Sunday school narrative, but it is not a story about an individual sinner coming to faith. It is primarily one about the kinds of maps we draw to divide us. These demarcations are not necessarily physical, and are tied up in our sense of selves, the ways we defend ourselves, and the ways we ignore others.
Ryan finishes the third chapter of John by analyzing and discussing the closing speech often credited to John the Baptist. These few sentences contain concepts such as belief, majesty of God, parallels with Nicodemus, the trinity, and the wrath of God. In addition, Ryan preaches on the gift of eternal life and the gift of faith which pierces the darkness of our ignorance.
This Tuesday Ryan explored how John can have such joy when he is looking at the end of his decline and eventual death. This is a joy which scares us, because of what we may be need to let go, and understanding this joy necessitates an understanding of the ancient Christian teachings of attachment vs detachment. Are we willing to take the risk to have the kind of fullness of joy which Jesus gives?
This week Kaiti preaches about the Light that has dawned in our world. The sermon is about God’s ability to illumine our lives and reveal things we have never seen before, the pale imitations and false lights which deceive us, and how we are often still lovers of darkness and fearful of knowing our own selves.
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.