a little reading for Fat Tuesday/Ash Wednesday (from Accidental Saints)

On the day before Fat Tuesday, 2014, I stood in a small restaurant on Denver’s tree-lined Sixth Avenue, looking hungrily at the food set out for Billy’s memorial service. The locally owned restaurant, Satchel’s on 6th, had the simple, clean look of a place owned and run by foodies. I was famished, and the chocolates and flatbreads looked amazing, but no one else was eating.It’s not that uncommon—people usually don’t feel hungry at a funeral; or maybe they do and think it would look bad to tak … [Read More...]


If Jesus Was Your Preacher: a Sermon

(click above to listen to this sermon being preached)A few years ago I was interviewed for a local glossy magazine – you know, the kind that has a lot of ads for things I don’t care about – like, luxury watches. Anyhow, in the interview what I had actually said was “At House for All Sinners and Saints, the different parts of the liturgy are led by whoever feels like it that week” but what they printed was “At House for All Sinners and Saints, the sermon is preached by whoever feels like it” – … [Read More...]

The Embrace of Elizabeth and Mary St. George Church, Kurbinovo, Macedonia

You Are Not Alone; A Sermon on Mary, Elizabeth, and Being Given One to Another

 (click above to listen along)Many of you know that 6 young clergy women from all over the country came to Denver Sunday to spend a couple days together. I sort of arraigned a last-minute urban retreat for the 7 of us and so in the midst of Advent, when they couldn’t really afford to leave their lives, they all made haste to Denver because they also couldn't afford not to. We needed each other. We needed to not feel so weird, and alone…we needed to laugh and eat and embrace and l … [Read More...]

"Berner Nelkenmeister 001" by Berner Nelkenmeister - The Yorck Project:

Bullies, Terrorists and Anxiety: A Sermon on Defiant Hope

This is a sermon that should be heard if at all possible and not just read. Click above to listen along. I was speaking somewhere in the Midwest earlier this year when a middle-school kid raised their hand during a Q & A. I called on her and in her anxious bravery she asked “Pastor Nadia, what advice do you have for someone my age who might be bullied and not have many friends and is maybe someone who other kids make fun of”Usually during a Q and A - regardless of who asks the questi … [Read More...]


Fall on Your Knees: A Sermon for Christ The King Sunday

(click above to listen along) This sermon comes in 6 parts.Part 1: Reagan’s terrible choice for favorite Christmas song and my awesome one.Reagan and I were in perhaps our first major disagreement this week. It wasn’t a point of doctrine or a workplace squabble; it was the answer to the question “what is your favorite Christmas song?” Reagan said that as a boy growing up he was always a big Sandy Patty fan (which, for the record, is perhaps the gayest thing I’ve ever heard). … [Read More...]


Sermon on Widows, Waldo and those Needed Casseroles From God

(click below to listen along) It’s no big surprise to anyone that I was pretty wiped out a couple weeks ago when I finally came home from having been in 17 cities in 5 weeks –It’s a weird feeling to do a thing like that and it would be an understatement to say that I felt depleted and like I’d somehow been consumed whole. All the so-called “self-care” tricks didn’t seem to be helping. I slept and exercised and tried to spend time with friends and yet I was left wondering if it is … [Read More...]


2016 Speaking Schedule

 2016  SCHEDULEDATE EVENT LOCATION URLJanuary 4-5 College Conference at Montreat Montreat Conference Center in Anderson Auditorium401 Assembly Drive Montreat, NC 28757 6 National Conference of Youth Ministries Hotel Elegante2886 S Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 28-29 Discerning Vocation in a Contested Religious Tradition Georgetown College400 East College … [Read More...]


A Sermon on The Matrix, The Gospel and the US Congress

(click below to listen along)If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. 47And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into h … [Read More...]

My Interview with Terri Gross for NPR

"Lutheran Minister Preaches a Gospel of Love to Junkies, Drag Queens, and Outsiders" -- Check out my NPR interview with Terry Gross for Fresh Air. Interview Highlights On why people are surprised she's a pastor NBW: Other than the fact that I tend to swear like a truck driver? ... I don't look like a pastor, I'm very heavily tattooed, I have sleeve tattoos, basically, and very short hair, and I'm, like, 6-feet-1-inch [tall]. I don't actually act like a pastor either. I don't have that s … [Read More...]


Free Preview Chapter from Accidental Saints!

 Hey friends,I'm so excited that my new book, Accidental Saints; Finding God in All the Wrong People, comes out a week from today!You can pre-order and have it delivered to your door the day it comes out - just click on one of these links:Indie Bound (your local independent bookstore)Barnes & NobleAmazonMeanwhile, here's a free preview (Chapter 11, Parlors):Accident Saints-Chapter 11-PreOrder Excerpt … [Read More...]