The Lord’s Prayer – Extended Dance Mix (A sermon)

click above to listen along...sorry but I forgot to turn my mic on so the recording is not great...might have to use earbuds :(One of Jesus' disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray” Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say:Father, hallowed be your name.Let your dominion come.Give us each day our daily bread.And forgive us our sins,for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.And do not bring us to the time of trial But deliver us from evilSo here we go. … [Read More...]

Accidental Saints (Paperback) Book Tour!

Hello friends.I'm heading out to 4 cities I wasn't able to get to last Fall!Click on the links below to be taken to the event pages.And hopefully I'll see you soon!October 6th - BostonOctober 12th - DetroitOctober 13th -IndianapolisOctober 20th - Kansas City … [Read More...]

A Sermon on Why it is The Parable of the Merciful Samaritan and not the Parable of the Robbers

(Sermon are meant to be heard. Please click above to listen along)A man was traveling on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho….when a group of robbers, or terrorists, or racist cops attacked him by a suicide bomb ….or an AR-15 assault riffle…. or by shooting him as he lay on the ground - and they left the man for dead; outside the airport… or on the floor of the gay night club,… or in his car next to his girlfriend, …or along the route of the protest march.And the entire assault was capture … [Read More...]

Speaking dates in Europe 2016

I'm excited to be doing a little something in England, Scotland, France and Germany later this year...if you are around, come by and say hi!August 26th-29th Greenbelt Festival Boughton Estate, Kettering, London     August 31st Edinburgh, Scotland St John’s Episcopal Church, Princes Street, EH2 4BJ 7pm – 10pm     September 1st Sheffield, England St … [Read More...]

Sermon on Naaman the Leper and How the Common Can Heal Us

(click above to listen along.)About 15 years ago I had just a touch of hypochondria. It wasn’t long-lived, thank goodness, but for about 9 months when I was a 32 year old college student slash stay at home mom of a baby and a toddler, I kept getting sick all the time and I was just SURE that something was wrong with me. I was in my doctor’s office just about every month asking that he run tests since I had recently been sick so often. My life was overwhelming me at the time and so in this wei … [Read More...]

Who You Call When You Ain’t Got No Other Hope? A Sermon on Orlando, the Garasene Demoniac, and God’s Mercy

Click above to listen along. If you can't see the audio player above, click here to listen to the audio. A reading from Beyonce’s visual album, Lemonade:“How are we supposed to lead our children to the future? How do we lead them? Love. L.o.v.e. love. Halleluia, thank you Jesus. I just love the Lord. That’s all I got. period. When your back is against the wall and the wall is against your back who you call? Who you call? You gotta call him.  You gotta call Jesus, because you aint got no o … [Read More...]

Sermon on Paul, Silas, and the Prayers of My Mother

(click above to listen along)When my big sister was 6 she prayed and prayed every night for a baby sister. My mother Peggy had what is called RH factor , which there was no treatment for in the 60’s like there is now. Her blood created anti-bodies against the blood of her babies and it grew worse with each subsequent pregnancy. Peggy had beat the odds with 2 healthy babies and was told she could not have another – also she was on birth control…so every night when my big sister Barbara prayed … [Read More...]

Dearly Beloved; a Sermon on Shutting Up the Accuser

  (click above to listen along)Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called “life”.We are gathered here today to seek the voice of our God – to fill our ears with the sounds of praise and petition, to say to one another that you are forgiven, to listen to the Word of God. Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to baptize our hearts and minds so that we no longer call profane what God has made clean.There are four things that … [Read More...]

“Father, Can I Tell Your Congregation How Resurrection REALLY Feels?” – a Sermon on Conversion

(Click above to listen along...sermons are spoken events!)“She crashed into the Easter Masswith her hair done up in broken glass.She was limping left on broken heels.When she said,‘Father can I tell your congregation how a resurrection really feels?”These lyrics from the band The Hold Steady are among my favorite of all time. They’ve rolled through my head all week as I thought about resurrection and conversion. I kept thinking about how sometimes born again Christians wil … [Read More...]

Yoga, Pizza, and the Hubble Telescope: A Maundy Thursday Sermon in 5 Parts

(click above to listen along)Yoga classAbout 4 months ago I stopped doing Crossfit and started doing yoga in what basically amounts to the world’s most uninteresting mid-life crisis. And I’m not even very good at Yoga. You can tell because just saying “I’m not good at yoga” tells you I don’t “get” yoga. But I know I’m not good because I can see the women next to me who are all bendy and peaceful and compared to them, come on…any impartial observer would say I’m not good at yoga. Plus the … [Read More...]