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Download A Gospel of Futility (25.47 MB)

A Gospel of FutilityA Gospel of Futility

Proper 19 [Track 1]
September 16th, 2018

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Jesus rebukes Peter for doing precisely what we all do: confusing the power of God with our own ways of violence and domination. To the world's eyes, the path of the Gospel, the path of the cross, is a scandal for no other reason than appearing completely futile.

Duration: 21:55

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Download Nothing to Lose (39.82 MB)

Nothing to LoseNothing to Lose

Proper 18 [Track 1]
September 9th, 2018

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Almost no other story in Christian writings scandalizes, mystifies, and transforms like that of the Syrophoenician woman in Mark. When she comes before Jesus with a request, the whole faith -- even the whole universe -- seems to change.

Duration: 30:46

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Download Back to Foundations (23.19 MB)

Back to FoundationsBack to Foundations

Proper 17, Year B [Track 1]
September 2nd, 2018

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

The Song of Solomon, ancient courtly love poetry, seems like an odd addition to scripture, but what it reveals to us about God's love may not only be helpful: it might be absolutely foundational to how we understand and live out our faith.

Duration: 17:26

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Download Whoever Eats this Bread (26.57 MB)

Whoever Eats this BreadWhoever Eats this Bread

Proper 15 [Track 1]
August 19th, 2018

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

As John draws towards the climactic moment of Jesus' "bread of life" teachings, we hear language intended to scandalize us into seeing ourselves as we truly are, and how Christ meets us there, by offering us his body.

Duration: 20:50

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