A Fearless Love

Mr. Jacob Graudin | 1 John 4:7-21

If “perfect love casts out fear,” then why are so many Christians bound by fear of conflict, rejection, or discomfort? While talking about love in general terms is common enough, it requires a deeper dive to understand the specific character of God’s love, and therefore to see how Christians possess lives free from fear. Join Jacob Graudin as he witnesses the fearless love of God made manifest through Jesus and, by his Spirit, in our lives.

Legendary Love

The Very Rev. Peet Dickinson | 1 John 3:11-24

A restaurant is only as good as the dish it’s known for. Likewise, the measure of the Christian church is what is supposed to be our defining mark: love. Yet love is so often lacking in our hearts and our communities; what do we make of this? Join Peet Dickinson as he looks at the death-conquering love of Jesus, and sees it reflected in our lives by the power of God.

Identity and Responsibility

The Rev. Patrick Schlabs | 1 John 2:28-3:10

Our families give us many of the traits that affect how we are, yet these do not define us. Our spiritual family, however, defines us to our core. As John writes, if we are children of God, we shall be like him. This identity entails a responsibility to act accordingly, but how is the transition made from title to lifestyle? Join Patrick Schlabs as he asks this question and encounters the God who makes us his own.

The Truer Story

The Very Rev. Peet Dickinson | Luke 24:36-49, 1 John 1:1-2:2

Many of us feel like we’re characters in the wrong movie; life feels like it doesn’t align with our deepest instincts. We’re much like the disciples on Easter morning, grieving and scared, before Jesus appears. John, the beloved disciple, writes about the Easter shift from this wrong story to the truer story of the resurrection. Join Peet Dickinson as he follows the scriptural story from darkness to light, from death to life.

The Disillusioned Resurrection

Mr. Jacob Graudin | John 20:19-31

The joy of Easter is still fresh, yet disillusionment and doubt quickly follow. How do we deal with the realization that the world is not the way that it should be, even when we are reborn in Christ, even (and especially) in the midst of his Church? Join Jacob Graudin as he walks with Thomas and the other disciples through their doubt, and finds the resurrected Jesus meeting them with power and love.

Easter in the Here and Now

The Right Reverend Mark J. Lawrence | John 20:1-18

All around us the world is beset with decay and death, yet the fragrance of Easter flows from the empty tomb. Yet that transforming day can seem so far removed. What does it mean for Easter morning to be real in our present moments? Join Bishop Mark Lawrence as he unfolds the resurrection of Jesus in all its glory.

Overwhelmed For the Overwhelmed

The Very Rev. Peet Dickinson | Matthew 28:1-10

To be overwhelmed is to be human, this is undeniable. Yet what do we do when we are overwhelmed? Where is God in our drowning? The story of Jesus’ death and resurrection is pointed, very intimately, at our overwhelmed state. Join Peet Dickinson as takes us to the cross and empty tomb to see the Creator of all taking on the whelming flood for us.

Proclaim the Lord’s Death Until He Comes

The Very Rev. Peet Dickinson | 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-15

Maundy Thursday presents itself with a wealth of evocative images, which can make preaching on it difficult. Nonetheless, the institution of the Lord’s Supper, where we are exhorted to “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes,” provides us with the centering motif. Join Peet Dickinson as he remembers the Lord who feeds his disciples, washes their feet, and gives himself to death for their sake and for ours. Love bids us welcome.

The Great Surprise

The Rev. Patrick Schlabs | Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Surprises are often a good thing, but when they run counter to expectations, they can quickly turn sour. The people of Israel were expecting a deliverer, and the surprise of Jesus presented a sudden solution to Roman oppression. This surprise reaches its climax at Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem, yet how does the following week turn sour, and what does this reveal about Israel’s broken expectations? Join Patrick Schlabs as he walks through Jerusalem’s gate and encounters the great surprise of history.

The Grace-Based Identity

The Rev. Rob Sturdy | Psalm 51

Our lives have two sides: our public performance and our private backstage. Whereas our outward life is a presentation of our best, our hidden life is the place of our shame. How do we deal with this hidden life? How do we keep it from consuming us entire? Psalm 51 is an external depiction of this internal struggle, one specific to King David in the aftermath of dire sin. Join Rob Sturdy as he pulls back the curtain on the hidden life, enters the struggle of the psalm, and finds within the promise of God’s grace.

The Nourished Identity

The Very Rev. Peet Dickinson | John 6:1-15

Bread is good, yet it cannot fully satisfy on its own. When Jesus feeds the 5,000 on the mountainside, the point of this miraculous sign is not the feeding itself, but the deeper reality of Jesus’ own identity: he is the Bread of Life. What does this mean, and how do we get it wrong? How does Jesus nourish the human soul? Join Peet Dickinson as he reviews this familiar image, ferrets out its strange resonances, and finds in Jesus the very source of life.

The Resurrected Identity

The Very Rev. Peet Dickinson | Romans 7:12-25

The difference between animation and live-action in film is infinitely wide, yet in our suspension of disbelief can be uncannily similar. Likewise, true life in God and a captive life in sin can seem similar, and yet are utterly different. In Romans 7, the Apostle Paul writes on the struggle between his godly desire and his sin. What resolution can come from this conflict? Is there any hope in his “body of death”? Join Peet Dickinson as he considers Paul’s thought, and finds hope in the God who gives us a resurrection identity.

The Crucified Identity

The Rev. Patrick Schlabs | Mark 8:31-38

Everyone wants to be a winner. Often we identify ourselves by our affiliation with the “winning side,” whether it’s in sports, politics, or ideologies. Jesus’ ministry appeared to his followers as the opening scenes of a huge win, a victory that would lead to his coronation and Israel’s restoration. When, in chapter eight of Mark’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of suffering and dying, and exhorts his disciples to take up crosses, his apparent winning is turned upside down. What does this show us about God’s reign and the believer’s life? Join Patrick Schlabs as he peers into the mystery of the cross, and there finds an identity stronger than the power of death.