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 [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 [Read More…]

my 2017 Speaking Schedule

January 25 Association of Presbyterian Church Educators’ Annual Event Marriott Tech Center 4900 S Syracuse Street Denver, CO 80237 http://www.apcenet.org/2017-annual-event—denver     January 26 Keynote Speaker 20th Anniversary Hyatt Regency Orange County 11999 Harbor Blvd Garden Grove, CA 92840 http://episcoforma.org/2017-conference/     February 16 King Institute for Faith and Culture Central Presbyterian Church, 301 Euclid [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 [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 [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 [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 [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 contempt My 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 [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 [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 [Read More…]