updated 2015 speaking schedule

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January 15 The Grace House The Ritz Theater 1530 Newcastle Street Brunswick, GA 31520 http://gracehousebrunswick.org/   January 16-18 January Adventure in Emerging Christianity 2015 Epworth By the Sea 100 Arthur J Moore Drive Saint Simons Island, GA 31522 http://www.januaryadventure.org/   January 28-30 Luther Seminary’s 2015 Mid-Winter Convocation “Religious but not spiritual” Luther Seminary 2481 Como [Read More...]

Enemies, Retribution and Women Giving Birth – a Sermon on Jonah

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(Sermons, so much better when heard that read. click above to listen along!) Once in the middle of the night, I was watching bad Christian television on cable and when I was well past the point of delirium there was Bible trivia game show on. I was feeling pretty proud about getting so many answers [Read More...]

“In The Beginning”: A Sermon on the Occasion Of Paula’s Baptism

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Some of us in this congregation were baptized as infants, some as children some as teenagers, some as adults and some of you – and I’m not naming names, but some of you were baptized more than once. As for me, I was 12 when I was baptized and I remember so much of it…I [Read More...]

Some Questions for Mary; an Advent Sermon

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  (click above to listen along) Another lady-pastor friend of mine in New York posted a simple 3- line poem today. It is titled “Virgin” * It seems everyone wants at least 3-5 years experience. Except God, that is. He looks for the one willing to try something new.  It’s no secret that one of [Read More...]

Shrine for the 141 murdered Pakistani Children

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Several of my parishioners created this shrine that was up at church tonight, it is for the 141 Pakistani children who were murdered this week. 141 pages from a children’s Bible, bullet holes, and spent shell casings. Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.         [Read more...]

The Virgin Birth: Fact, Fiction, or Truth?

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This post is part of the “Modern Magi on the Mysteries of Christmas,” featuring myself, Scot McKnight, Kyle Roberts, and Billy Kangas, and is a response to Kyle Robert’s post about the Virgin Birth.  It is also written in a single draft and without much thought so – kind of jumbled. In his post about the miracle of the [Read More...]

The Slaughter of the Innocents of Sandy Hook

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This post is taken from the un-edited manuscript of the book I’m working on and is part of a special Patheos conversation: “Modern Magi on the Mysteries of Christmas,” featuring myself, Scot McKnight, Kyle Roberts, and Billy Kangas.  If I asked 100 people the question, who brought gifts to the Christ child, how many people were there, where [Read More...]

An Advent Sermon on the Turmoil in America, Repentance, and Confession.

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(please consider listening along) Wednesday night after Vespers I was standing around talking to Aram about the unrest and despair in our country and about our Gospel reading for today which says Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And I said, you know, given the tangled unrest in our nation right [Read More...]

My first Advent.

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    The first time I celebrated Advent I had no idea what was going on. I’d been married to a Lutheran seminary student for just a week when we moved to Eugene, Oregon for his internship at a small, Lutheran church. United Lutheran sat on a little grassy hill in a neighborhood dotted with [Read More...]

Sermon on Sheep and Goats

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        (you can click above to listen to the sermon being preached) There were particular books that donned the shelves and coffee tables in pretty much every Christian home in the 70s and 80s. There was, of course, Joni – the autobiography of Joni Erikson, the Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis, and [Read More...]


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