St. John in the Wilderness Summer Scholar-in-Residence

For nearly 150 years, the rhythm of life at St. John was one of summer renewal for families who arrived in Flat Rock to escape the heat, humidity, and disease of the low-country. As the families arrived, so would the rector of the parish who would lead worship and offer sacramental nourishment to the village. Beginning in  2021, we are living out this tradition in a new way as we begin our Summer Scholar-in-Residence program. Each summer, we hope to invite a scholar-priest to preach and teach for a month and to provide nourishment for our parish and the greater Hendersonville community.


Each Summer Scholar is invited to shape the program so it may benefit their research and the parish’s life. The basic structure of the month is as follows:


  • Preaching for five Sundays.

  • Offering a formation program, including teaching a class on Sunday mornings and during the week.

  • Enjoying the hospitality of the parish, including housing in or near Flat Rock.

  • Taking time to work on scholarship and to find rest and renewal in a beautiful setting.

  • The program also includes a generous honorarium in gratitude for the scholar’s ministry.

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Our 2021 Summer Scholar-in-Residence is The Rev. Bill Brosend, PhD. Fr. Bill is the Professor of New Testament at The School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. He has served as the Executive Director of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation and has enjoyed shaping seminarians to read and proclaim God’s word with wisdom and conviction. You can learn more about Dr. Brosend here on the Sewanee faculty page. While in Flat Rock, Fr. Bill will be working on a book to be published in 2022 called Parable: A Commentary on the Stories of Jesus.

2021 Summer Scholar-in-Residence Schedule


Fr. Bill will be preaching at the 8:45 and 11:00 services from July 4 through August 1.

Parables of the Kingdom: Summer Scholar Program 2021


Fr. Bill will be sharing with us his study of the Parables of Jesus who told stories like the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan to those listening who were seeking or challenging the Kingdom of God. Through these stories, Jesus gave listeners a glimpse of the Kingdom of God and invited them to live into God’s reality. Fr. Bill will be offering two unique classes each week on the Parables. Join us for this month of seminary-like formation! Each class will be different so please join us for each session.


  • Sunday mornings: July 4, 11, 18, 25 - Class in the Wilderness Room between the services - 10:05-10:45 (No RSVP needed)


  • Thursday Evenings: July 8, 15, 22, 29 - Dinner and Class in the Parish Hall - 5:30-7:00. Please RSVP each week for dinner so we can avoid wasting food. To sign up for Thursday, July 29, click here.

The Parables of Jesus


Please bring your Bible to each session.


Sunday, July 4

How to Read a Parable for All You’re Worth

Mark 4:1-12, 26-34


Thursday, July 8

The Parables of Matthew, part one

Matthew 13:24-30, 33, 44-53


Sunday, July 11

The Parables of Matthew, part two

Matthew 18:23-35; 20:1-14; 22:1-14 (Luke 14:16-24)


Thursday, July 15

The Parables of Matthew, part three

Matthew 21:28-32; 25:1-13, 14-30, 31-46


Sunday, July 18

The Parables of Luke, part one

Luke 10:25-37, 38-42; 12:13-21; 14:25-33


Thursday, July 22

Parables of Luke, part two

Luke 15:1-7, 8-10, 11-32


Sunday, July 25

Parables of Luke, part three

Luke 16:1-8; 18:1-8, 9-14


Thursday, July 29

Everything I needed to know about interpreting scripture I learned from the parables.

Mark 13:28-32 (Mark 11:1-13:37)