Dynamic Downtown Worship in the Anglican Tradition

Put On Your Shoulder Pads

In 1994 this guy was working as a $5.50 an hour grocery bagger.  Several years later, he would take the St. Louis Rams to the Superbowl twice, winning once.  His name was Kurt Warner, plucked from an Iowa grocery store to put on shoulder pads and play on football’s largest stage.  The Old Testament version…

What Child is This?

Sermon preached in the Chapel and at 6pm on Sunday, December 20, 2018       How do you honor a gift?   Typically we take initiative to connect with the giver of the gift and say “thank you.”  Right? (I remember as a child being constantly coaxed, prodded, and later threatened to write my “thank you notes” after…

The Christmas Story Without a Manger

Sermon preached in the morning on Sunday, December 20, 2018 What would the Christmas story be like without a manger?  How would you tell the Christmas story without Joseph, Mary, Bethlehem, shepherds and angels?  What would that Christmas story be like? It would be John’s account of the Christmas story. This Sunday, come hear the…

Glory in a Manger

Sermon preached Christmas morning, December 25, 2018 It is a night of contrasts: emperors and peasants, shepherds and angels, heavenly glory and the smell of hay. What does God mean by associating such unlikely things? What is He saying? Today with Mary we ponder in our hearts the meaning of Christmas.   

The Nobility of Joseph

Sermon preached at 11pm on Christmas Eve 2018 Joseph considered divorcing Mary quietly without public demonstration, but as a wise and good man he decided to sleep over his problem.  Come hear about Joseph, the upright man, and how God took a hand in this difficult and delicate affair.

King Ahaz vs Joseph

Sermon preached at 8pm on Christmas Eve 2018 Christmas is less of an event and more of a profound rescue mission.  It’s the story of God loving us so much-He sends Jesus, His Only Son to be born as an infant, who would free each of us from our sin, grant  forgiveness and enable us…

The Song of Songs

Sermon preached in the Chapel and at 6pm on Dec 23, 2018 Who would have thought that the greatest song ever sung would be sung by a Jewish peasant girl? Today we will listen with fresh ears to Mary’s extraordinary cry of surrender and praise. What would it mean if we could join in with…

What is Peace?

Sermon preached at morning services on December 23, 2018 As we enter the final Sunday of Advent, we face directly into birth of the Prince of Peace.  Peace is one of those wonderful but overused words, overused in such a way that we wonder if its true meaning has been lost.  In the context of…

Kharma is Dead

Sermon preached on Sunday, December 16, 2018 It was the longest period of darkness I had ever encountered.  Yes, from Calcutta India, through New Deli then on to New York, 21 hours of travel in total darkness (we were flying west and and going away from the sun).  It was a profound way to end…

God Redeems Adversity

We’ve watched Joseph from being the favored son of his father to a slave in Egypt by the hands of his jealous brothers.  We’ll now see God setting the stage for His plans, just not in the way Joseph would have expected. The dreams God gave Joseph would come true.  Let’s discover that we too…

Despising the Chosen One

Mark’s sermon on today’s reading in Genesis 37 about Joseph being sold into slavery. Favoritism.  We don’t like it.  If someone in our family or workplace seems to be the golden boy or girl, we have a hard time being nice to that person.  Sometimes we hate them. Such was the case with Joseph’s brothers,…

Despising the Chosen One

Randy’s homily on today’s reading in Genesis 37 about Joseph being sold into slavery. Favoritism.  We don’t like it.  If someone in our family or workplace seems to be the golden boy or girl, we have a hard time being nice to that person.  Sometimes we hate them. Such was the case with Joseph’s brothers,…

Wrestling with God

A man on the run encounters God, wrestles with Him, and lives to tell the tale. Remarkably, Jacob walks away not only with a busted hip but with a  divine blessing. What does this mean for us in the ways we also wrestle with God? How may we be broken and how may we be…

Unrelenting, Unshakable, Unwavering Love

Today’s reading from Genesis reads like a good old fashioned reality tv show.  After requiring Jacob to work seven years for his younger daughter’s hand in marriage, Laban substituted his older daughter Leah-and Jacob didn’t discover the deception until the morning after his wedding night.  Some men would have given up. Jacob on the other…

Your Dreams and God’s Promises

This week in our Gospel Project teachings, we come to Jacob’s ladder and a dream that would not ever be forgotten.  Genesis 28 is about God using a dream to remind Jacob that He really does keep His promises.  We don’t always pay attention to what happens while we sleep, but sometimes even our dreams…

God is a Promise Keeper

Have you ever been the victim of a broken promise?  On the other side of things, have there been times when you have been the one to break a promise?  Pain is deep and real in either scenario. We might even feel from time to time that God Himself has broken His promise to us…

It Matters

When you were married, there was a prayer prayed over you that went like this:  “Give them wisdom and devotion in the “ordering” of their common life…”  This ordering means living a life that is prioritized with God first, followed in second order by your marriage, then children etc..  This ordering affects everything in our…

The Gifts of God for the People of God

We cannot give until we have first received.  We cannot bless others until we first receive for ourselves God’s blessing. However for many of us it’s as if we leave our Christmas presents under the tree, unopened. We don’t experience God’s blessings personally, and thus are unable to share them with others. This Sunday we’ll…

Suffering Reveals Our God

Welcome to the book of Job, what one theologian called “A book that is terrifying, beautiful, haunting, teasingly mysterious, tender, yet powerful as a sledgehammer.”  Chapter 14 is no different. If we were to be honest, Job’s despair from time to time is no different from ours. Yet there are several verses in this chapter…

Like A Bridge Over Troubled Waters

The Rev. Ted McNabb was our preacher at 8:00 am and 10:30 am in the Sanctuary. “I have set my bow in the cloud and it shall be a sign of the covenant I have made…”    Seventy percent of the earth is dominated by water.  Ninety percent of this is ocean with rivers and rain taking the rest.  In the midst of…

Fabricated Blessings

We love stories with recognizable plots and craftily woven scenes so intricate that satisfaction comes from a great ending.  Sometimes there are many possible resolutions.  In Genesis 3, sin looked like a fabricated blessing but it came with very serious consequences.  Thankfully, we don’t always get what we deserve.   Join me Sunday, as this plot…

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

It takes only three chapters into Genesis.  That’s it. Sin has been around for a very long time.  Sin defined is simply anywhere in our life where there is an absence of God.  The consequences of sin are dire. Yet what is often unseen in Genesis 3 is the solution to sin…stay tuned…after all, not…

Image Transformation

Are men really from Mars?  Are women really from Venus?  Are we that different from each other?  As we continue our deep dive into Genesis, we realize both men and women are from God, created in His image for a unique purpose.  So then, why is it so hard? Stay tuned…

When the Kingdom Draws Near

When Jesus calls us to mission, what should we expect? What’s His mission and what are our marching orders? Today in Luke 10 we’ll explore the ways of the kingdom. And if you’ve ever thought Christianity is boring – buckle your seatbelts. We’ve got wolves and lightning, demons and scorpions, and the unconquerable power of…

Come to Believe

In John, chapter 6, we are told that many of Jesus’ disciples turned away from him.  But why? All were fascinated by his supernatural healings, deliverances from demons, and feeding.  There was just nothing like it. It isn’t the works of Jesus that causes others to walk away. It is his words.  Join us as…

When God Doesn’t Answer

  We know that God answers prayer…except when he doesn’t. We don’t like to think about it, but what are we to make of those times when God is silent, when our prayers are apparently unheeded? Our passage from Isaiah is one of the most disquieting passages in Scripture, yet it provides us with some…

All for Jesus

Do you ever stop and ask the questions:  “Who am I really living for?” “Am I living for the things I see, or am I living for a much greater cause through Jesus Christ?”  Today we are going to unpack the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians chapter 4,where Paul famously says: “We look…

Jesus Walks on Water

Can you imagine always being around Jesus but never really knowing Jesus?  What if you were witnessing the gospel to others, without experiencing the gospel for yourself; or, always telling others about the amazing Joy and Strength found in Jesus, and yet never having (or even losing) that amazing Joy and Strength.  What would you…

The Power of Powerlessness

What do we do when we’re in a rut? When we’re stuck, confused, and the walls are closing in? The prophet Isaiah speaks to a people who are in such a rut, struggling with the calamity of the Exile and wondering how to respond. Remarkably, we find that simply trying to climb out of the…

Restoring Our City

Charleston is a wonderful place to live: a historic city, with renowned restaurants and beautiful beaches to enjoy with family and friends.  Yet, there are many people who feel that they don’t fit in, who feel unpopular, and unwanted. There’s the homeless population, those who are elderly and living on their own, and people who…

The Troubling of Israel

We hear a lot about ‘speaking the truth in love,’ but what does it mean and what does it look like? Today we will consider how God calls us to be public witnesses to the truth, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable. With integrity and grace, how can we strike the right balance as Jesus did?