Why you need to listen to Brian Zahnd

I’m about to leave on a youth retreat so I don’t have time for a full post on this, but Brian Zahnd’s Friday night and Sunday sermons from last weekend blew my mind. He is the pastor of non-denominational Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, MO and a leader in the exciting movement among evangelical churches to embrace the sacramental and spiritual practices of the ancient church. In his Friday sermon “Ring them bells,” he talks about the way that church bells used to serve as the city’s call to prayer before they became passe to churches seeking to be “relevant” and modern. The church bell is a metaphor for a public Christianity that is prayerful and prophetic rather than entrenched in worldly political power. Then in his Sunday sermon “The Mount of Beatitudes,” Zahnd talks about the Beatitudes, closing with a fascinating account of how every single beatitude is in play among those gathered around Jesus as he was being crucified. Zahnd says, “The kingdom of God will only come through little reenactments of Calvary.” I have a lot more to say but I don’t have time so go listen. Peace.

About Morgan Guyton

I’m the director of the NOLA Wesley Foundation, which is the United Methodist campus ministry at Tulane and Loyola University in New Orleans, LA.

  • Tom V

    I love Brian Zahnd. My uncle and he were good friends as teenagers and because of that we used to get his sermons sent to us on cassette tape (old school). He has changed a LOT over the years, theologically… in a very good way I think. Everything that is living changes. Anyway, he’s been one of the biggest voices on influence in my life. So, I concur; anyone reading this, go get the podcast or check out the websites and get acquainted with BZ! http://www.wolc.com http://www.brianzahnd.com
    P.S. I can’t wait for your book. It’s good for me when I hear about others around the country who are thinking similar things and saying similar “crazy” things: there aren’t really any who are where I live so it’s good to know I’m not alone or “crazy.” Peace.

    • Morgan Guyton

      Stay crazy bro. It’s called living in the kingdom.


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