The Denver Statement

The Denver Statement  – a response to the Nashville Statement by some of the queer, trans, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, gender-queer, asexual, straight, single, married image-bearering Christians at House for All Sinners & Saints (Denver, Co) “Know that the LORD Himself is God (and we are not)-Psalm 100:3 (Nashville) Evangelical Christians at the dawn of the twenty-first century find themselves living in a period of historic transition. As Western culture has become increasingly post-Christian, it has embarked upon a massive revision… Read more

Lord, Save Me! (A Sermon on Christianity and White Supremacy)

  (click below to hear audio of the sermon) When I was in Australia recently, I was taken aback once again at how they start meetings there. I had forgotten that when there is a large gathering of people in Australia, it is a common practice to begin, not with their pledge of allegiance or their national anthem, but with what’s called, an acknowledgement of country. A leader addresses the gathered people by saying “I would like to acknowledge that this… Read more

Wounds and Wells; A Sermon on The Samaritan Woman

This is one to listen to if you really want to get the meaning – and also a bonus joke from Stuart  which made everyone crack up during what was otherwise a serious sermon! Click below. Last week I was talking with a friend about the practice of keeping a diary –and I said that, to me, keeping a diary feels way too risky – because I’d always be afraid of someone else getting ahold of it and then knowing the… Read more

Sermon on Seeing More Than Just What We Look For

(click above to listen along) Sometimes I do something so stupid that I just really want to share it with everyone. Maybe that’s the pathology that leads one to write memoir. I have no idea why, but when something super embarrassing happens to me – like something really cringe-worthy, for some reason my first reaction is to immediately be disappointed that it wasn’t caught on video. Anyhow, I was discussing this with some of you this week – and how… Read more

my 2017 Speaking Schedule

January 25 Association of Presbyterian Church Educators’ Annual Event Marriott Tech Center 4900 S Syracuse Street Denver, CO 80237 http://www.apcenet.org/2017-annual-event—denver     January 26 Keynote Speaker 20th Anniversary Hyatt Regency Orange County 11999 Harbor Blvd Garden Grove, CA 92840 http://episcoforma.org/2017-conference/     February 16 King Institute for Faith and Culture Central Presbyterian Church, 301 Euclid Ave, Bristol, VA 24201 http://www.cpcbristol.org/cpc/     March 8-9 Northwest Leadership Institute Cathedral of the Rockies Boise First United Methodist Church 717 N 11th Street… Read more

Fear vs Love: a Sermon about 2 Different Kinds of Men.

(click above to listen along) There was this Christmas tree topper ornament that for years made the rounds through my family as a gag gift. It was supposed to be a beautiful angel but what it really was was a terrifying abomination: a winged creature in a cheap lace dress that held a Christmas light in each of it’s hands and when you plugged it in, it’s arms and head moved slowly back and forth. Super creepy. The year after… Read more

The Thoughts That Are Always On Repeat: An Advent Sermon

(click above to listen along) On Wednesday night this week about 25 of us gathered at one of those public pianos on 16th street mall and sang Vespers together. It was chilly and peaceful and we had some candles burning on the back of the piano. Then Meghan read the Gospel we just heard, and as soon as she said John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness wearing camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist saying repent for… Read more

You Know What Sounds Awesome About Now? A Good, Juicy Apocalypse: An Advent Sermon

Ah, here it is, the first Sunday of Advent – and you know what sounds awesome about now, is a good juicy apocalypse. Because what the hell has 2016 been if not apocalyptic? And I mean that quite literally since Greek for un- is apo and the Greek for cover is kalupten. Apocalypse literally means to uncover. To uncover what is already there. And the racism and violence and xenophobia and sexism we have been devastated by in this country… Read more

An All Saints Sermon on Grief and Babies and the Breath of God

(click above to listen along…sermons are spoken events!) But Mary Magdalene stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have… Read more

Comparing Ourselves to Others; A Sermon on Pride, Despair and Scapegoats

(click above to listen along) Jesus also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt My mom likes to tell the story about when I was in Kindergarten and our next door neighbors were a young African American family with a daughter my own age and how their little girl always had what I considered, and consistently commented on bring the cutest hair. HER mother gave her little braids and… Read more

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