Dynamic Downtown Worship in the Anglican Tradition

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?

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…