Sermon on Pirates in the Nativity and How God Incarnates the Impossible Among the Unlikely

And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ [Read More…]

Pregnant old ladies and other signs that God’s story is better than the one we tell ourselves

12-9-2012 NBW Sermon <—–Click here to listen along.  Seriously.  I beg you. Sermons are meant to be heard and not read. A few years ago, when Roxanne was new to this church, I asked her what she thought of worship here.  “oh, It’s great”, she said…”Because I’ve always wanted my life to be like a musical [Read More…]

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 www.parkingday.org , 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

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…]


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