Sermon on Fear, Self-centeredness and the Storm at Sea

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NBW sermon 6_24_2012 <——- Click here to listen along. Preaching is a spoken art form! This might come as a shock to all of you, but I have not always gotten everything I’ve wanted.  And I’m sure unlike all of you…sometimes I blame God for that.  As a matter of fact, there are things in [Read More...]

people will actually sing if you let them.

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This past Sunday I recorded the last verse of  our closing hymn: How Great Thou Art.  Please take a second to listen: How great thou art-1. HFASS <—–click here One of my non-negotiables going in to starting a church was that congregational singing be the primary musical expression of the gathered people of God. Not a [Read More...]

Some thoughts on the Holy Trinity

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Holy Trinity is not the most popular festival among preachers who, for all the other seasons and special days of the church year, normally get to dig into interesting gospel narratives.  Most other festivals of the church celebrate an event.  We commemorate happenings in the life of Christ: Mary’s visit from Gabriel announcing the miraculous [Read More...]

The Pentecost sermon I preached at the Festival of Homiletics

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When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them [Read More...]

Agape Doesn’t Mean “Potluck”

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Sermon 5-13-2012 <———Click here to listen along.  Sermons are a spoken art form! 9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.11I have said these things [Read More...]

I hope the President just did what I could not do today

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I like to hold “office hours” every week at a local coffee house.  It gives my parishioners an opportunity to connect with me and to meet each other.  This morning Jim came in and sat down with the small House for All Sinners and Saints crowd already around the table.  I’m just so angry and [Read More...]

The Conversion of Phillip by a Gender Transgressive Foreigner

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3 years ago I preached a sermon on Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch that became seminal to the identity of House for All Sinners and Saints.  This text came up in the lectionary again this week and I was asked to preach it again.  What follows is my adaptation.  The audio is not available due [Read More...]

A Sermon on Snacking and the Stupid Things People Say

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sermon on Snacking <——-Click here to listen along. Sermons are a spoken art form! 36b“Peace be with you.” 37They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is [Read More...]

Church and Crossfit and what they have in common.

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  I can’t lift my arms. They scream in muscle soreness after 3 weeks of Crossfit workouts.  At the age 43 I’ve found myself in poor physical condition; my career having taken over my usually fit body.  But a block behind our house in a slightly ghetto strip of businesses along a sidewalk dotted with [Read More...]

Maundy Thursday at House for All Sinners and Saints

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Maundy Thursday begins the Triduum, the Great 3 Days of Jesus death and resurrection.  The liturgy is a remembrance of the night before Jesus died when he gathered with his faltering friends for a meal that tasted of freedom.  He washed their feet, told them to love one another and instituted the Eucharist. “This is [Read More...]


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