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...]

Pieter Lastman Jonah (public domain)

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...]


“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...]

Filippo Lippi [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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...]


Shrine for the 141 murdered Pakistani Children

Several of my parishioners created this shrine that was up at church tonight, it is for the 141 Pakistani children who were murdered this week. 141 pages from a children's Bible, bullet holes, and spent shell casings.Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.     … [Read More...]

Giovanni dal Ponte [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Virgin Birth: Fact, Fiction, or Truth?

This post is part of the “Modern Magi on the Mysteries of Christmas,” featuring myself, Scot McKnight, Kyle Roberts, and Billy Kangas, and is a response to Kyle Robert's post about the Virgin Birth.  It is also written in a single draft and without much thought so - kind of jumbled.In his post about the miracle of the Virgin Birth, Kyle Roberts expertly sums up the arguments offered by Moltmann and Barth both for and against believing that Mary, Mother of Jesus, conceived our Savior by the po … [Read More...]


The Slaughter of the Innocents of Sandy Hook

This post is taken from the un-edited manuscript of the book I'm working on and is part of a special Patheos conversation: "Modern Magi on the Mysteries of Christmas," featuring myself, Scot McKnight, Kyle Roberts, and Billy Kangas. If I asked 100 people the question, who brought gifts to the Christ child, how many people were there, where were the people from and where did they bring their gifts to…inevitably people would respond: Well, three kings from the orient brought the baby Jesus gift … [Read More...]


An Advent Sermon on the Turmoil in America, Repentance, and Confession.

(please consider listening along)Wednesday night after Vespers I was standing around talking to Aram about the unrest and despair in our country and about our Gospel reading for today which says Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And I said, you know, given the tangled unrest in our nation right now, I wonder if it’s possible to make a path STRAIGHT enough for the Lord, to which he replied, or, you know, GAY enough.Classic HFASS comment.I was grateful for the la … [Read More...]


My first Advent.

  The first time I celebrated Advent I had no idea what was going on. I’d been married to a Lutheran seminary student for just a week when we moved to Eugene, Oregon for his internship at a small, Lutheran church. United Lutheran sat on a little grassy hill in a neighborhood dotted with 1940 bungalows - one of which would serve as our one bedroom home for a year while Matthew tried out being pastor-y with a group of real live church-goers.What I remember most about that A … [Read More...]


Sermon on Sheep and Goats

    (you can click above to listen to the sermon being preached)There were particular books that donned the shelves and coffee tables in pretty much every Christian home in the 70s and 80s. There was, of course, Joni – the autobiography of Joni Erikson, the Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis, and a book called My Utmost for His Highest. Parenthetically, I went on Twitter recently asking what I should title my latest book and my very favorite suggestion was, My L … [Read More...]