Root and Branch Church
A Light in the Darkness

A Light in the Darkness

December 31, 2019

Christmas 2019

Who Can Give Good News?

Who Can Give Good News?

December 31, 2019

From our Advent series.

Ride or Die

Ride or Die

December 31, 2019

Pastoral Intern Aneesah Ettress on gratitude and covenant. 

Not Everything Sucks!
Apocalypse When? - On Courage

Apocalypse When? - On Courage

December 31, 2019

Form our series on fear and courage, Apocalypse When?

Apocalypse When? - On Fear

Apocalypse When? - On Fear

December 31, 2019

From our series on fear and courage.

Seeing with Empathy

Seeing with Empathy

August 27, 2019

We conclude our series on relationships with a talk on empathy. What does the Good Samaritan parable have to teach us about empathy? A lot less than you might think.

On Family

On Family

August 2, 2019

“Blood is thicker than water,” that old devilish saying goes. The meaning of this phrase is pretty straightforward: family (blood) relations are inherently stronger than any other kind of non-familial (water) relationship or bond. Right? Nah. This rendition of the phrase actually carries the complete opposite meaning from the original phrase: “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.” Funny how words get twisted.

Familial relationships can be great, aaaaand they can be the worst. Join us this week as we continue our examination of the relationships that make and break us. We will examine one of Jesus’s most famous parables - the prodigal son - and see what sense we can make of family, loosely defined.

A Brief History of Friendship

A Brief History of Friendship

August 2, 2019

This week we focus our attention on friendship. On one hand, maybe it's weird for a community of adults to talk about this thing which seems to hold diminishing importance for us as we move through the world. It is also not exactly the most famous of topics when it comes to Christianity and religion and spirituality in general. At the same time, adult friendships are important! Particularly so for a generation that is super transient, getting married later (if at all), having less kids, and has the internet (insert anti-tech screed here). Furthermore, there is actually a rich and robust history of thought around friendship as a theological and philosophical topic. One could even argue that when Jesus talked about love and relationships, he was informed more by his friendships than familial or romantic bonds. In any case, join us as we start to unpack the relationshipthat St. Augustine said was “sweeter than all the sweetness of [his] life." 

People of Invitation

People of Invitation

May 24, 2019

There is this thing called the Great Commission, the last five sentences that close out the Gospel of Matthew. It says things like “Go out and make disciples of all nations,” for which it has become a rallying cry for all sorts of efforts to evangelize and convert people. That makes a certain sort of sense, but divine command mixed with human fallibility is formula for disaster, perhaps THE formula for disaster. The kinds of so-called Christian efforts taking place in Alabama and elsewhere underscore just how deep fallibility runs, as well as how fraught the idea of evangelizing can be when mixed with bad theologies, politics, and a prejudiced view about what it means to actually show love. Before we consider if there is a better way to do this, it might be necessary to ask what “this” actually is. In other words, what does it mean for us, our community in particular, to share something with the world?