Creating Memories in an Advent Waiting Room


The Spanish courtyard outside our worship space has been turned into an Advent Waiting Room for the next 4 weeks, a sign on the door simply saying “Please wait to be called”.  Little white lights glow upon the bushes and trees that dot the courtyard; parishioners gather around pots of warm cider and children chase [Read More...]

Sermon on Thanksgiving at Pontius Pilate’s Mom’s House and Where We Belong


Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have [Read More...]

Sermon on walls and hope and the Abraham Mosque


    11-18-2012 NBW HFASS Sermon<——Click here to listen along I recently read that there is literally a psychological disorder called “Jerusalem syndrome” in which people returning from visiting the Holy Land exhibit irrational and obsessive religious fervor. And as many of you know, I’ve just returned from 2 weeks in the Land called Holy [Read More...]

Sermon on Why the Gospel is More Wizard of Oz-y than the Law


  10-28-2012 NBW Sermon <—-click here to listen along.  The difference between listening to a sermon and reading a sermon is the difference between shooting a bullet and throwing a bullet. Happy Reformation Sunday, or as I like to call it: Lutheran Pridefulness Sunday, a day in the liturgical year where we celebrate the protestant reformation and [Read More...]

Getting Jesus to Do Whatever You Ask of Him (and other ways you can’t avoid death and resurrection)


10-21-12 NBW Sermon <—–click here to listen to the sermon (that’s what makes it “preaching”) This might seem weird to you, but I don’t always get what I want. And a year and a half ago, as many of you know, I wanted something really particular. For the 1st 3 years of this church, we were [Read More...]

A sermon on hacking off our own limbs for Jesus.


Mark 9:42-48 “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. 43If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for [Read More...]

Parking Day Eucharist


Tomorrow (Friday Sept 21st) House for All Sinners and Saints will be participating in Parking Day , a day when the people take over metered parking spaces as community space. We will be holding a Eucharist at 8a, noon, and 4:30. Please check Twitter and Facebook for exact locations 30 minutes in advance. (downtown Denver or [Read More...]

Sermon for the ordination of Matthew Nickoloff

Mine and Matthew's hands at the baptismal font.

Matthew was the Vicar (seminary intern) for 14 months at House for All Sinners and Saints and this past Thursday I was honored to preach at his ordination.  He is planting a church now in Rochester, NY.  You can “like” a page on Facebook called South Wedge Mission to learn more.  Literally today is his [Read More...]

Sometimes It Hurts; a Sermon on Healing


  NBW sermon 9-9-12 <——-click here to listen along.  Sermons are a spoken act.   31Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged [Read More...]

“This teaching is HARD, who can accept it” – a sermon on the Eucharist


NBW Sermon 8-26-2012 <CLICK HERE to listen along.  Sermons are a spoken event!! In the last couple weeks, many of us here have been lucky enough to see a musical called The Book of Mormon.  It’s an irreverent and profoundly funny look at the culture of religion in general and the origins of a distinctly American [Read More...]