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: 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...]


A devastating Good Friday sermon from my friend Sara Miles

The following is the sermon delivered by my friend Sara Miles at our big-sister parish in San Francisco, St Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church on Good Friday, 2015 (posted with permission):Behold Your MotherLast night Jesus fed us, and washed our feet, and then we left him in the garden, denying that we knew him. Tonight we gather at the foot of his cross. It’s Good Friday.I’d like to pretend that Good Friday, the murder of God by the people of God, is a one-time historical event. Tha … [Read More...]


Do you have questions about the cross?

Tony Jones (a figure in the church who, like myself, has both fans and detractors) has written what I believe to be his best book to date: Did God Kill Jesus? Searching for Love in History's Most Famous Execution. <---Click on the link to read both a sample chapter, and what some folks are saying about this amazing book.Here's my endorsement:"This important, smart, readable, and ultimately beautiful book allows this generation to re-claim the cross as the place of God’s deepest love ra … [Read More...]


Not sure if you want to go to Holy Week services?

Here's what I have to say about Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil): Two thousand years ago in the middle-east, there had to have been crowds who shouted praise and friends who betrayed and followers who denied and women who wept and soldiers who mocked and thieves who believed. It would have happened like this even if the Jesus event were happening now instead of then. Even if we knew everything in advance – were we the ones on the street we too would sh … [Read More...]

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Sermon on John 3:16

(This sermon is going to make a lot more sense if you hear it. And hey, you know what's cool? you can totally click the thing right above this and listen along. It's internet magic)For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. –John 3:16-17Isn’t John 3:16 like, the rock star of B … [Read More...]


A Sermon on Addiction and the Problem With Our Me-based Solutions

 (click above to listen along!)I missed Vespers this week, which was a huge bummer. But unlike a lot of us I didn’t miss it because of the snow storm I missed it because well, I spent the whole day in bed sick. There’s a reason why I tend to stay in bed when I have the stomach flu and it’s because about 12 years ago when I was studying at CU Boulder and was so driven to prove myself: to finish my thesis and impress all my professors and maintain my GPA all while having 2 pre-s … [Read More...]


updated 2015 speaking schedule

January 15The Grace House The Ritz Theater1530 Newcastle Street Brunswick, GA 31520 January 16-18January Adventure in Emerging Christianity 2015Epworth By the Sea 100 Arthur J Moore DriveSaint Simons Island, GA 31522 January 28-30Luther Seminary's 2015 Mid-Winter Convocation “Religious but not spiritual”Luther Seminary 2481 Como Avenue Saint Paul, MN 551 … [Read More...]