Sincere Apologies

A few minutes ago, I (Matthew, Nadia's husband) attempted to disable further comments to Nadia's blog post from April 2, , "Do you have questions about the cross?", which is Nadia's comments about Tony Jones' new book "Did God Kill Jesus?". Unfortunately when I disabled the comments they all disappeared. I absolutely did not intend that those comments would be deleted ~ only that no more comments would be permitted. Please accept my sincere apologies. Unfortunately, it seems that I don't know h … [Read More...]

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A devastating Good Friday sermon from my friend Sara Miles

The following is the sermon delivered by my friend Sara Miles at our big-sister parish in San Francisco, St Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church on Good Friday, 2015 (posted with permission):Behold Your MotherLast night Jesus fed us, and washed our feet, and then we left him in the garden, denying that we knew him. Tonight we gather at the foot of his cross. It’s Good Friday.I’d like to pretend that Good Friday, the murder of God by the people of God, is a one-time historical event. Tha … [Read More...]

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Do you have questions about the cross?

Tony Jones (a figure in the church who, like myself, has both fans and detractors) has written what I believe to be his best book to date: Did God Kill Jesus? Searching for Love in History's Most Famous Execution. <---Click on the link to read both a sample chapter, and what some folks are saying about this amazing book.Here's my endorsement:"This important, smart, readable, and ultimately beautiful book allows this generation to re-claim the cross as the place of God’s deepest love ra … [Read More...]

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Not sure if you want to go to Holy Week services?

Here's what I have to say about Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil): Two thousand years ago in the middle-east, there had to have been crowds who shouted praise and friends who betrayed and followers who denied and women who wept and soldiers who mocked and thieves who believed. It would have happened like this even if the Jesus event were happening now instead of then. Even if we knew everything in advance – were we the ones on the street we too would sh … [Read More...]

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Sermon on John 3:16

(This sermon is going to make a lot more sense if you hear it. And hey, you know what's cool? you can totally click the thing right above this and listen along. It's internet magic)For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. –John 3:16-17Isn’t John 3:16 like, the rock star of B … [Read More...]

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A Sermon on Addiction and the Problem With Our Me-based Solutions

 (click above to listen along!)I missed Vespers this week, which was a huge bummer. But unlike a lot of us I didn’t miss it because of the snow storm I missed it because well, I spent the whole day in bed sick. There’s a reason why I tend to stay in bed when I have the stomach flu and it’s because about 12 years ago when I was studying at CU Boulder and was so driven to prove myself: to finish my thesis and impress all my professors and maintain my GPA all while having 2 pre-s … [Read More...]

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updated 2015 speaking schedule

January 15The Grace House The Ritz Theater1530 Newcastle Street Brunswick, GA 31520http://gracehousebrunswick.org/ January 16-18January Adventure in Emerging Christianity 2015Epworth By the Sea 100 Arthur J Moore DriveSaint Simons Island, GA 31522http://www.januaryadventure.org/ January 28-30Luther Seminary's 2015 Mid-Winter Convocation “Religious but not spiritual”Luther Seminary 2481 Como Avenue Saint Paul, MN 551 … [Read More...]

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Enemies, Retribution and Women Giving Birth – a Sermon on Jonah

(Sermons, so much better when heard that read. click above to listen along!)Once in the middle of the night, I was watching bad Christian television on cable and when I was well past the point of delirium there was Bible trivia game show on. I was feeling pretty proud about getting so many answers right when up came a question that totally stumped me. The young handsome host read the following question from a blue index card: “In what book of the Bible does the story of Jonah appear” and for … [Read More...]

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“In The Beginning”: A Sermon on the Occasion Of Paula’s Baptism

Some of us in this congregation were baptized as infants, some as children some as teenagers, some as adults and some of you – and I’m not naming names, but some of you were baptized more than once. As for me, I was 12 when I was baptized and I remember so much of it…I remember wearing white sandals, and how the little golf pencil felt in my hand as I sat up front at church, so many eyes on me as I filled out the little card that said “I desire to be baptized”. I remember the walk up the stairs t … [Read More...]

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Some Questions for Mary; an Advent Sermon

 (click above to listen along)Another lady-pastor friend of mine in New York posted a simple 3- line poem today.It is titled “Virgin” *It seems everyone wants at least 3-5 years experience.Except God, that is.He looks for the one willing to try something new. It’s no secret that one of my favorite things about Jesus has always been his mom. I have images of her in my car and in my home and on my arms and back. But Mary got precious little mention in my religi … [Read More...]


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