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


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


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.


  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


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...]

Mural of the Last Supper by House for All Sinners and Saints

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Here’s the mural of the Last Supper House for All Sinners and Saints made out of images that represent people we don’t like, or categories of people we wish weren’t also invited to Christ’s table, but are. The table is made of images of bread. [Read more...]

A Palm Sunday Sermon on Why We Don’t Go Straight From Hosanna! to He is Risen!


(On Palm Sunday I had the honor of preaching at Highland’s Church in denver.  Highlands is an open and affirming Evangelical church and I’m good friends with their incredible pastors) Palm Sunday Sermon at Highlands Church <——- Click here to listen along! Well, here we go.  It’s Palm Sunday. And so Holy Week begins. Palm [Read More...]

Idea for Maundy Thursday


The ordo for Maundy Thursday is traditionally all mixed up…we start with the sermon. Here’s an idea for the reading of the texts (in parts) for Maundy Thursday which incorporates them into the foot washing and Eucharist *Opening Song *Sermon *Confession and Absolution *Peace *Prayer of the Day *Greeting *Psalm *Gospel acclamation The Holy Gospel [Read More...]

Being good doesn’t make you free. The Truth makes you free.


  Nadia sermon new people 1 <——–Click here to listen along.  Sermons are a spoken art form! John 3 16For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17Indeed, God did not send the Son into the [Read More...]

Stations of the Cross 2010 – Made Entirely From News Photos of the Haiti Earthquake

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As we approach Holy Week, I want to share some of the things we’ve tried at church.  the following is a very simple idea: In 2010 House for All Sinners and Saints made a set of the Stations of the Cross out of news photos of the Haiti Earthquake.           All [Read More...]