Jesus' teachings in John 14:1-14 are often mentioned in conversations about death, the truth of other religions, and the future of the Church. However, as Jason Byassee points out in this sermon, these conversations often turn one's attention away from the true focus of this passage: Jesus himself.
Jason Byassee is the inaugural Butler Chair in Homiletics and Biblical Hermeneutics at Vancouver School of Theology. Previously, he was senior pastor of Boone United Methodist Church in the Western North Carolina Conference. He worked at Duke Divinity School from 2008-2011, writing and teaching about theology and leadership with Leadership Education at Duke Divinity and editing the Call & Response blog at Faith & Leadership for much of that time. He serves as a contributing editor to Christian Century, where he was an assistant editor from 2004-2008. He is author of Trinity: The God We Don't Know (Abingdon, 2015), The Gifts of the Small Church (Abingdon, 2010), Reading Augustine: A Guide to Confessions (Cascade, 2006), An Introduction to the Sayings of the Desert Fathers (Cascade, 2007) and Praise Seeking Understanding: Reading the Psalms with Augustine (Eerdmans, 2007). He has a M.Div. and Ph.D. from Duke University.