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 things about myself I would rather keep hidden.To which she was like, “Are you … [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 one of the more ridiculous moments of my life … [Read More...]

my 2017 Speaking Schedule

January 25Association of Presbyterian Church Educators' Annual EventMarriott Tech Center4900 S Syracuse StreetDenver, CO 80237http://www.apcenet.org/2017-annual-event---denver  January 26Keynote Speaker 20th AnniversaryHyatt Regency Orange County11999 Harbor BlvdGarden Grove, CA 92840http://episcoforma.org/2017-conference/  February 16King Institute for Faith and CultureCentral Presbyterian Church, 301 … [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 I received it, I re-wrapped it and gave it to my brand new sister in l … [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 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...]