Dearly Beloved; a Sermon on Shutting Up the Accuser

  (click above to listen along)Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called “life”.We are gathered here today to seek the voice of our God – to fill our ears with the sounds of praise and petition, to say to one another that you are forgiven, to listen to the Word of God. Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to baptize our hearts and minds so that we no longer call profane what God has made clean.There are four things that … [Read More...]

“Father, Can I Tell Your Congregation How Resurrection REALLY Feels?” – a Sermon on Conversion

(Click above to listen along...sermons are spoken events!)“She crashed into the Easter Masswith her hair done up in broken glass.She was limping left on broken heels.When she said,‘Father can I tell your congregation how a resurrection really feels?”These lyrics from the band The Hold Steady are among my favorite of all time. They’ve rolled through my head all week as I thought about resurrection and conversion. I kept thinking about how sometimes born again Christians wil … [Read More...]

Yoga, Pizza, and the Hubble Telescope: A Maundy Thursday Sermon in 5 Parts

(click above to listen along)Yoga classAbout 4 months ago I stopped doing Crossfit and started doing yoga in what basically amounts to the world’s most uninteresting mid-life crisis. And I’m not even very good at Yoga. You can tell because just saying “I’m not good at yoga” tells you I don’t “get” yoga. But I know I’m not good because I can see the women next to me who are all bendy and peaceful and compared to them, come on…any impartial observer would say I’m not good at yoga. Plus the … [Read More...]

Junk Food, DJs and Brothers; a Sermon On How All That Is The Father’s Is Ours

(Click above to listen to the preached sermon. If you can't see the audio player, click here to open it in a separate window to listen.) Many of you know that when I’m asked by my seatmate on an airplane what it is I do for a living, I’ve been know to say, “Um, ….I work for a non-profit?”. Because when I say “I am a pastor” then I have to sit through whatever reaction they have. I’m used to people sort of looking at me suspiciously either because they are pretty sure I just lied to them or becau … [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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...]


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