Practice shapes believing; believing shapes living

This preaching series was offered in the Monastery Chapel in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. In each sermon, a Brother speaks about a “radical practice” that has been central to his own spiritual life and that has profoundly shaped who we are and how we live.
We Brothers offer our preaching as a way to engage and nurture the next generation in our Church. Our sermons are available as audio and text and as a weekly email. Read, listen or subscribe to our sermons here.
  • The Radical Practice of Enclosure  Br. James Koester
    What in your life is precious and needs to be protected?
    Br. James explores how the monastic principle of enclosure can help us to protect whatever we treasure, whether that is the family meal, a garden, or our sleep. 

  • The Radical Practice of Contemplation Br. Keith Nelson
    Have you ever experienced the grace-filled moment of letting go when “You can stop flapping your wings, and let the air current buoy you up“?
     Br. Keith celebrates the beauty of this deceptively simple prayer practice and offers practical suggestions to encourage all to explore this path.


  • The Radical Practice of the Real Presence of Christ – Br. Jim Woodrum
    How can we experience the presence of Jesus with us, as the disciples did on the road to Emmaus?
    From altars calls to the Eucharist and daily prayer, Br. Jim explores concrete practices that can help put us in touch with the presence of Jesus, our constant companion.


  • The Radical Practice of Giving Thanks in All Circumstances – Br. David Vryhof
    “Are your hearts so full of the wonder of life that you want to cry out with the psalmist, ‘What shall I render to the Lord, for all his bounty to me?'”
    Br. David explores how gratitude is a practice we can cultivate, becoming aware of the gifts that surround us and giving our thanks back to the God, the giver of all our gifts.

  • The Radical Practice of Waiting – Br. Geoffrey Tristram
    Has our culture tricked you into hating to wait?
    Br. Geoffrey encourages us to discover the gift and the grace that waiting can be: “When we have to wait, however frustrating and uncomfortable, we are actually opening ourselves up to God, and to God’s work within us.”


  • The Radical Practice of Rest – Br. Nicholas Bartoli
    Do you long for simplicity and stillness?
    Br. Nicholas reveals the gifts available to us through the radical practice of rest. “When we let ourselves rest, we realize God’s being within us, and we awaken to the truth that we are already the peace and joy of the risen Christ.”


  • The Radical Practice of Resistance – Br. Curtis Almquist
    How can we resist the powers of oppression and darkness that surround us? 
    Br. Curtis offers three practical solutions: bless (do not curse) your enemies, receive peace, and embrace joy. Are you ready?


  • The Radical Practice of Hospitality – Br. Luke Ditewig
    How do you welcome strangers?
    Br. Luke declares that hospitality, the welcoming of strangers, is not about entertaining. It is about saving lives, for our journeys are challenging, and we need each other.


  • The Radical Practice of Witness – Br. James Koester
    How are we supposed to live in this world gone crazy?
    Br. James unfolds the kind of life we are called to live: the witness of a love which is prepared to lay down its life for another.

1 Comment

  1. Catharine Gibson on July 13, 2017 at 11:20

    Thank you for this series. I am in a clergy group that is planning sermon series for next year, and I am drawing inspiration from the themes drawn together here.

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