Dynamic Downtown Worship in the Anglican Tradition

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?

Stir Up Sunday

One week until Christmas! It’s why this third Sunday of Advent is known as “STIR UP SUNDAY.” Get ready! A Sunday dedicated to the stirring of our hearts, a time to wake up and realize who we are living for.  Today we have a preacher who is uniquely qualified to stir us up. Eric Metaxas…

John’s Invitation to Community

“Education doesn’t consist in telling people new things, it consists in extracting from their memories what they already knew.”  -Plato Today as we enter week two of Advent, it’s time to look through the lens of John the Baptist, and into the relationships in our lives. How are those relationships with family, friends, and colleagues? Are…

Gospel Community Produces Humility

Pride is like a thick wall that keeps people at a distance. Pride says “I am better than you,” and it consequently prevents people from relating to one another in a way that builds community. Humility, on the other hand, creates space for people to move toward each other, and gestures of humble service toward…

Gospel Community Produced Mission

Sunday is a good news day. Why? We are resurrection people! Every Sunday is Easter Sunday, proclaiming the depths of the love of Jesus. It’s also a good news day because Sunday we’re going to plunge into Luke 14 and find something that I guarantee will change the way you look at your neighbor, your…

Surprised by Joy

How could a crusty English bachelor professor — known for his strident atheism and dry wit — end up entitling his autobiography “Surprised by Joy”? Incongruous at the very least. Right? But C. S. Lewis not only celebrated the joy of the Lord, he incorporated it into many of his writings. So, what does “joy”…

Gospel Community Produces Hope

This is a Holy City Connects week and each group all around the lowcountry will be looking at the astounding statement that ‘True Gospel Community Produces Hope.’ 2 Kings 4 and Luke 9 reveal that God is the hope-giver. Studying these Scriptures together not only brings hope that comes from Jesus, but we will also…

Saying “Grace”

Awkward! Have you ever experienced a moment of supreme discomfort when a friend or family member did something that made you cringe? Where you wanted to shrink into the woodwork? Imagine God himself being involved in something ‘cringeworthy.’ In our gospel reading, this is precisely what happens as Jesus tolerates ‘inappropriate’ attentions. Sunday we will…

Living in Totality: The Jubilee

Sermon on Sunday Photograph courtesy of Jack Alterman, published with permission. Living in Totality: The Jubilee You will always remember where you were and who you were with during the Solar Eclipse last Monday. It was simply totally spectacular! In fact, the word being repeated over and over since that event is totality. It refers to…

Approval Addiction

In John Ortberg’s The Life You’ve Always Wanted, he speaks of people’s “bondage to what others think of them”. This “approval addiction” manifests itself in people’s desire to gain approval from others, regarding their appearance, opinions and personalities. It drives them to compare themselves to others, and compare their successes to those around them. These…