Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri is a thriving non-denominational church led by Pastor Brian & Peri Zahnd. We are followers of Jesus seeking to be an authentic expression of the kingdom of Jesus in the twenty-first century. Additional sermon audio and other resources are available on our church website.
Strangers In A Strange Land: The Exodus of Moses (Audio)
Moses grew up as a prince in the royal courts of Egypt. As such, Moses enjoyed the exclusive privileges and finest pleasures reserved for the Egyptian elite. Even though Moses was born a Hebrew, he was raised as an Egyptian -- this was his identity...
Strangers In A Strange Land: The Quest of Abraham (Audio)
Those who see by faith and walk by faith have a fraught relationship with this world. On the one hand we're not trying to flee or escape God’s good earth—this is our home. On the other hand, the world as it is, is not our true homeland. Once we...
Under the Oaks (Audio)
Abraham’s encounter with the three angels under the oaks of Mamre is one of the most mystical stories in Genesis (a book full of mystical stories), and from the first century it has spoken to Christian readers about the mystery of the Holy Trinity.
Pentecost Sunday: The Experience of the Spirit (Audio)
The Bible tells the story of God’s redemptive work in history through the chosen people of Israel. And among the chosen people there were…chosen people. These chosen people (mostly men) were chosen by God for exceptional work through exceptional...
The Supremacy of Christ: The Things Above (Audio)
The Ascension of Christ is not about the absence of Christ but about the exaltation of Christ to the right hand of God — his promotion to the Oval Office of the Universe. Our King is not on Palatine Hill or Pennsylvania Avenue, our King is enthroned...
The Supremacy of Christ: Captive To No Ism (Audio)
We must remain captive to Christ alone. Once we surrender to an ism—conservatism, progressivism, or whatever ism—it pushes us toward the absurd and cruel edges. This is not middle-of-the-road-ism but radical allegiance to Jesus Christ, in whom are...
A voice in the wilderness. Right up there with Dallas Willard.
I listen to this weekly podcast without fail. It is in my top three listens.
The messages the American church needs
BZ has been through the various iterations of Christianity the past few decades and comes out on the other side with hard won wisdom. The only sermon podcast I listen to every week. This is ancient wisdom but it sounds fresh as it rings in contrast to the din of American evangelicalism.