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 the kingdom of God has come near I swear to God at that exact m … [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 was not created this year – it was just uncovered this yea … [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 laid him.’ When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, b … [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 contemptMy 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 twists and colorful little bows and … [Read More...]

Sermon on Gratitude

(click above to listen along)Recently one of you apologetically mentioned that you have been meaning to write me a thank-you note about something and given our Gospel reading about the grateful healed leper, I began thinking about what a terrible thank-you note writer I am. Not for lack of trying on my mom’s part, I mean, Peggy did everything she could. And like every other kid who received a 10 dollar bill in their birthday card, I was expected to send a thank you note to Grandma. But it ne … [Read More...]

Glimpses of the kingdom – a Travelogue Sermon

(click above to listen along)I missed you guys. So much.But given my lack of sleep and my lack of presence in the community, much less in this country over the last month I must admit I don’t have a real sermon sermon for you. You might notice that I don’t tend to preach on Sundays that follow me being out of town. Apart from general tiredness and lack of time to do so, I also just think that if I’ve not been among you that I have not earned my right to preach for you.And while I may … [Read More...]

A Sermon on Shame and the Bent-Backed Woman

 Click above to listen along. If you can’t see the audio player above, click here to listen to the audio. If you follow the HBO show Game of Thrones you know that there are a lot of very disturbing and violent things that transpire on the show. But for me, the most disturbing was a scene of public shaming in which a character had her hair shaved off, was stripped naked and made to walk through the streets while people spat on her and chanted shame, shame, shame. It was a pe … [Read More...]

Yeah. ANOTHER Sermon On Fear

(click above to listen along!)Fear not, little flock. It is God’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom.Someone in a Q and A this year asked me: When do you feel the least afraid. I had never thought about that question but it didn’t take long to answer it. I said, I don’t think I am afraid when I am singing hymns.I had a wise friend who I’d call when I was filled with fear, worry and anxiety and she’s always ask - what are you afraid of exactly? Your inadequacies? The truth being know … [Read More...]

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...]