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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…

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Advent: The Spiritual Wake Up Call

Advent is the cure for spiritual Somnambulism.  Somnambulism is a phenomenon of combined sleep and wakefulness that leads to sleep walking.  While it normally refers to physical sleepwalking we can also spiritually sleepwalk, going through life with little or no attention to the voice of God.   Advent is that spiritual wake up call!  A four…

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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…

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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…

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A Gospel Community Produces Integrity

Are you ever frustrated when you own words and actions don’t match your core beliefs? For instance, you know you need to forgive someone, but just can’t seem to muster the energy to do so. On this All Saints’ Sunday, we define a saint as both a forgiven and forgiving sinner, one who lives a…

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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”…

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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…

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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…

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A Time for Talents

A Time for Talents How do we live in times of prolonged waiting, crisis, or uncertainty? Do we hunker down and wait out the storm? Do we live with reckless abandon? Or is there another way? In the last days of his earthly life, Jesus spoke directly to this question in his parable of the…

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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…

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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…

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When Siblings Collide

Sibling rivalry is as old as the hills. From Cain and Abel to the present, these domestic dynamics are often explosive and heartbreaking. Sunday we will look at the dysfunctional story of Jacob and Esau and find that even in the brokenness, the Lord is still working. Indeed, today He invites us to grapple honestly…

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Creature Or Creator

CREATURE OR CREATOR Thank you for making worship a non-negotiable in your life! It’s so easy in the summer to take a sabbath away from God, thankfully God never takes a sabbath away from us! So keep making worship as natural and consistent in your life as breathing, walking and eating. This leads us to…

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Does God Ask For To Much

The binding of Isaac is one of the most shocking passages of Scripture. For over three thousand years believers (and unbelievers) have wrestled fiercely with the text. Many have condemned it as primitive and barbaric, an ugly example of a near-patricide. Others have tried to find some silver lining in the Lord’s chilling words. Today…

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Living with an Anchor

It seems every day over the last 2 weeks there has been an international terror strike in one form or another. From the deadly attack in Manchester England, to the London Bridge, to the French Cathedral of Notre Dame. Yet how can we respond differently from the world? In Christianity we have what no other…

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Water, Fire and the Spirit

Sunday, Pentecost, we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It is a day of spiritual fireworks and supernatural phenomena, a day of mighty winds and miraculous tongues. And yet, amidst all of the fireworks, it is also a day when, according to Jesus, the thirsty would be filled with living waters. This Sunday, discover…

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Graduation, Millenials, and the 360 Degree Leader

Sunday is another of those milestone days for many graduates across the lowcountry. The question always on my mind is, have we prepared our high school seniors “spiritually” as well as academically for the world they are about to face? This Sunday we will look at the unique generation we call the millennials through the…

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Truth What Is It, Who Is It

Charleston native and TV personality Stephen Colbert is said to have coined the word “truthiness” on his show the night of October 17, 2005. The word is said to mean “claiming to be true, irrespective of facts or reality. This concept is consistent with the views of many contemporary writers and, indeed, many of our…

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Stop Fighting God

Hannah Learns That Gentleness Means, “Stop Fighting God” On Sunday, we look at Mother’s Day through the lens of Hannah from 1 Samuel. It’s an amazing story that details the power of the fruit of the spirit of true gentleness with a firm center. I am defining gentleness through the phrase… “STOP FIGHTING GOD,” something…

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Great is MY Faithfulness ?

Great is thy faithfulness,’ we sing. We know God is faithful. It may surprise us that faithfulness is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit the Lord promises His people. Sunday morning we will look to the famous ‘doubting Thomas’ to see what true faithfulness looks like, and what it means to walk faithfully…

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Do You Need Jesus

As your Rector and Shepherd, I can’t emphasize enough how critical Palm Sunday and Holy Week are both to our spiritual lives and to our understanding of Jesus. I urge you therefore, whatever you have planned that would take you away from worship on Palm Sunday and Holy Week, reschedule it! I promise you will…

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Can We Be Good Without God ?

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness….Goodness Here we are on the 6th fruit of the Holy Spirit: Goodness. For some the word goodness conjures up such images as the Church Lady from Saturday Night Live; the living symbol of the hypocritical and judgemental but “good” Christian person. It might bring to mind the image of the…

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How to Make Disciples Jesus’ Way

“How can we be a light to the world rather than a mirror of the world? There is probably no greater foundational challenge from Western culture today than the challenge of living our lives as Jesus would, so that people see light rather than darkness and confusion. We call it discipleship, and it is a…

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Rebuilding Broken Lives

Nathanael said to Philip, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When God’s people embrace the challenge to “come and see,” God shows up and His people are blessed beyond measure. Even the most broken of lives can be rebuilt when they are brought to Jesus. Spread the…

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The Call To Followship

We often talk about fellowship, we rarely talk about followship. When we look at Matthew 4, we find one phrase repeated three times in six verses, and that phrase is follow-me, or followship. There are many great leaders, but practicing followship isn’t all that easy! Today we will highlight Andrew. Andrew lived as a follower…

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A Plunge in the Depths

Sermon on Sunday A Plunge in the Depths Baptism. Most of us reading this have either been baptized or seen a baptism. Christian baptism is something different from the baptism which Jesus experienced, yet his baptism and ours have a couple of remarkable parallels. But the very fact of Jesus presenting himself to John for…

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Putting Skin on the Ineffable

Sunday, December 25 10:30 am Sermon Putting Skin on the Ineffable On Christmas morning, we celebrate a great mystery – a monumental revelation set forth in the fullness of time and by some of the most unimaginable, description-defying events mankind has ever experienced or known. The Incarnation of the Son of God… In many ways…

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Christmas Eve Go Tell It on the Mountain

We hope you leave these services not just with the beauty of the music and sanctuary, but with the deepest, and most profound JOY you could ever imagine. This kind of JOY doesn’t depend on circumstances or situations, but only comes when Jesus is birthed into our hearts. Some of you might remember the birth…

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Show Me a Sign, Lord

How many of us have ever uttered those words? Perhaps you face a major decision in your life and need to know which way to turn, or even find yourself interceding for another and again, looking for a sign on their behalf. As we continue our Advent journey in the book of Isaiah, we realize…

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