I preached and Dr Gordon Lathrop presided. I loved his book, Holy Things so much. One of my favorites from seminary.

Sermon on the Feeding of the 5,000 (preached for pastors, musicians and church leaders)

(I spent about 25 hours working on a sermon for the closing Eucharist of the ELCA's Jubilee worship conference, Called to Be a Living Voice.  It was a huge struggle and I was too in my head about it…trying to make sure I said all the things I thought they'd want me to say and wanting it to be a "good sermon" because I knew the Presiding Bishop and lots of synodical bishops and seminary professors and people I respect would be there. I kept fighting that stupid thing for hours at a time for 2 we … [Read More...]


A sermon on no time to rest and also no jetpacks

(click above to listen along)He said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.A couple months back I had been in 4 different times zones in the same week, the end of which found me in New York. After I finished my last talk I walked uptown to meet some lady pastor friends, and the minute I slid into the booth of the diner, I suddenly started crying – surprising even myself. My big b … [Read More...]

Accidental Saints Book Tour Info!

I'm so excited about this tour and really hope to see you on the road! These events are all free and will include a raffle of  random items mentioned in the book (to raise funds for non-profits and charities associated with each of the host parishes)…and of course, for one lucky winner, a ham.    … [Read More...]

Don’t Forget Our Job – A Plea to Ignore the Directions on the ELCA’s Worship Resource for Chalreston

Our nation has been shaken to the bones by the shooting deaths of 9 faithful clergy and church-goers at Mother Emanuel AME last week.  Many faithful Christians gathered  in their communities over the last 10 days to grieve, mourn, pray and repent.  To aid the communities for whom a published worship resource is helpful in this process, my denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America made available this Service of Repentance and Mo … [Read More...]

by Ty Poe

Sermon on the Martyrs of Charleston and the Power of Christ Crucified and Risen

(I suggest clicking above  to listen along)The texts you just heard are amazing and I apologize, but you won’t be hearing a sermon on them today. Come back 3 years from today and maybe you’ll hear a sermon on Job or the calming of the sea - but not today.You already know this, but I just need to say it from this pulpit.I need to say out loud that on Wednesday night, a hate-filled, young white supremacist walked into Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston a … [Read More...]


A Pentecost Sermon on The Great Unfinished Story

(click below to listen along!)(If you don’t see the embedded player, click here to listen) We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with p … [Read More...]

The Festival of Homiletics - Denver, May 2015 (my own photo)

Sermon preached at the 2015 Festival of Homiletics

Jesus was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.’ 32But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. 33 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ 34But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35He sat down, called t … [Read More...]


The Worst: A Sermon About Baltimore, Eunuchs, Evangelical Conferences and How Irritating The Holy Spirit Can Be

(click above to listen along)A week in the life of your preacher.Monday: Freddie Grey, having died as a result of a traumatic spine injury while in police custody, was laid to rest at a service at New Shiloh Baptist Church.Lord, have mercy. Tuesday: we watch images of another American city go up in flames and outrage. Depending what your view is, either the Police are The Worst, or the Protestors are The Worst. Wednesday: Slate.com posts an article about a conference that is l … [Read More...]

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The Truth About Sheep

click below to listen along!A few years ago when this congregation was only itself a few years old, my father who is the only one in my life who calls me a Shepherd – an old term for a pastor - asked me “so, Nadia, how’s your flock?” to which I said “same as ever. Disobedient. And a little smelly”Once a year in the season of Easter we get these Good Shepherd texts and we chant the 23rd Psalm and every single year I struggle with knowing what to say because I find these bucolic, pastor … [Read More...]

Sincere Apologies

A few minutes ago, I (Matthew, Nadia's husband) attempted to disable further comments to Nadia's blog post from April 2, , "Do you have questions about the cross?", which is Nadia's comments about Tony Jones' new book "Did God Kill Jesus?". Unfortunately when I disabled the comments they all disappeared. I absolutely did not intend that those comments would be deleted ~ only that no more comments would be permitted. Please accept my sincere apologies. Unfortunately, it seems that I don't know h … [Read More...]