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...]

A Sermon on Why it is The Parable of the Merciful Samaritan and not the Parable of the Robbers

(Sermon are meant to be heard. Please click above to listen along)A man was traveling on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho….when a group of robbers, or terrorists, or racist cops attacked him by a suicide bomb ….or an AR-15 assault riffle…. or by shooting him as he lay on the ground - and they left the man for dead; outside the airport… or on the floor of the gay night club,… or in his car next to his girlfriend, …or along the route of the protest march.And the entire assault was capture … [Read More...]

Speaking dates in Europe 2016

I'm excited to be doing a little something in England, Scotland, France and Germany later this year...if you are around, come by and say hi! Also I'm in Sweden later this Fall.August 26th-29th Greenbelt Festival Boughton Estate, Kettering, London   August 31st Edinburgh, Scotland St John’s Episcopal Church, Princes Street, EH2 4BJ 7pm – 10pm   September 1st … [Read More...]

Sermon on Naaman the Leper and How the Common Can Heal Us

(click above to listen along.)About 15 years ago I had just a touch of hypochondria. It wasn’t long-lived, thank goodness, but for about 9 months when I was a 32 year old college student slash stay at home mom of a baby and a toddler, I kept getting sick all the time and I was just SURE that something was wrong with me. I was in my doctor’s office just about every month asking that he run tests since I had recently been sick so often. My life was overwhelming me at the time and so in this wei … [Read More...]

Who You Call When You Ain’t Got No Other Hope? A Sermon on Orlando, the Garasene Demoniac, and God’s Mercy

Click above to listen along. If you can't see the audio player above, click here to listen to the audio. A reading from Beyonce’s visual album, Lemonade:“How are we supposed to lead our children to the future? How do we lead them? Love. L.o.v.e. love. Halleluia, thank you Jesus. I just love the Lord. That’s all I got. period. When your back is against the wall and the wall is against your back who you call? Who you call? You gotta call him.  You gotta call Jesus, because you aint got no o … [Read More...]