Wisdom For Today In The History Of The Early Church

Three weeks, Sunday May 22, 29 and June 5 at 11:45 am

The earliest Christians proclaimed their experience of new life in Christ in an empire that didn't share their values. Yet the message of the Gospel turned their whole world upside down. We too live in a world where being a Christian is countercultural, the Gospel of a risen savior may seem like nonsense to many people. What can we learn from our ancestors in the faith to embolden our proclamation of the Good News of the risen Jesus in our world?

May 22 and May 29

If St. Mary Magdalene walked into St. John’s on a Sunday morning, how much would she recognize? How much of our theology, liturgy and ethics have come down to us from the Apostles, and what has been lost, revised or cast into the dustbin of history? Please join Fr. Bertie Pearson for an exploration of these questions as we dive into life in the Early Church!  

Fr. Bertie Pearson serves as Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, a large, multi-campus parish in Georgetown, Texas, and as Dean of the Austin Area Convocation of Clergy. He teaches Church History at the Iona School for Ministry and the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, and produces the popular podcast The History of Christianity with Bertie Pearson. This podcast is an exploration of the ideas and themes which continue to shape the Christian faith, and is available on Spotify, iTunes, and wherever fine podcasts are distributed. Before his current parish, Fr. Bertie served both Spanish and English-language Episcopal churches in Austin and San Francisco, played drums in the Los Angeles-based band Poolside, and toured as a DJ. He now lives a much more sedate life with his wife, Dr. Rahel Pearson, their two children, and a very goodhearted Australian shepherd named Ida.

Listen to his podcast The History of Christianity with Bertie Pearson on Apple, Amazon, Spotify, and Audible

June 5

Fr. Mark concludes the series with a class titled "The End of the Beginning; The Challenges of Official Christianity and the Wisdom of St. Augustine."