I’m a church socialist. There. I said it.

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Recently I was helping a synod in the ELCA (my denomination) undergo an evaluation of one of their church plants.  Anyhow, there I learned about an event the synod had put on to try and get local “resourced” (read: those with money) churches to start building relationships with local church plants (read: those without much [Read More...]

20 years without a drink. It’s personal.

Yesterday marked 20 years of being clean and sober. It also marked 20 years without passing out drunk, getting in fights, and perhaps most importantly, waking up in my own vomit. Yes – as my friend Maggie reminded me yesterday -for an alcoholic, 20 years is a long time to go without puking through your [Read More...]

“So, are you ready for Christmas?”

Something I wrote in December 2007 when House for All Sinners and Saints was 8 people who met once a month in my living room: People keep asking me this question: “So, are you ready for Christmas?” What does this mean exactly? It could mean; “So, have you exchanged bits of paper and metal and [Read More...]

Sermon on Mary

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I have this memory from when I was 12 years old of going to a friend’s house for a sleepover and feeling quietly scandalized by something I discovered about her and her family. No, they weren’t heroin addicts or part of an armed militia. They. Were. Catholic. And they weren’t even trying to hide it. [Read More...]

Jesus Walking on the Water – A Sermon Sarcastic and Serious

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It’s Jesus walking on the water Sunday here at House for All Sinners and Saints and we thought maybe during Open Space we should have a kiddie pool set up in the back so you could all “test your faith”.  You know – go ahead and give it the old Christian try.  That’s how I’ve [Read More...]

The Kingdom of Heaven is Like…

Matthew 13 1He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come [Read More...]

Sermon on Isaiah 55, The Parable of the Sower and those big talking trees from Lord of the Rings

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My favorite characters in the Lord of the Rings are the Ents.  These were an ancient race of giant living talking breathing trees in Tolkien’s Middle Earth.  So I have a little confession to make: whenever I hear that reading we just heard from Isaiah 55 where it says The mountains and hills before you [Read More...]


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