A devastating Good Friday sermon from my friend Sara Miles

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The following is the sermon delivered by my friend Sara Miles at our big-sister parish in San Francisco, St Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church on Good Friday, 2015 (posted with permission): Behold Your Mother Last night Jesus fed us, and washed our feet, and then we left him in the garden, denying that we knew [Read More...]

Do you have questions about the cross?

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Tony Jones (a figure in the church who, like myself, has both fans and detractors) has written what I believe to be his best book to date: Did God Kill Jesus? Searching for Love in History’s Most Famous Execution. <—Click on the link to read both a sample chapter, and what some folks are saying about [Read More...]

Not sure if you want to go to Holy Week services?

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Here’s what I have to say about Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil): Two thousand years ago in the middle-east, there had to have been crowds who shouted praise and friends who betrayed and followers who denied and women who wept and soldiers who mocked and thieves who believed. It [Read More...]

Sermon on John 3:16

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(This sermon is going to make a lot more sense if you hear it. And hey, you know what’s cool? you can totally click the thing right above this and listen along. It’s internet magic) For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may [Read More...]

A Sermon on Addiction and the Problem With Our Me-based Solutions

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  (click above to listen along!) I missed Vespers this week, which was a huge bummer. But unlike a lot of us I didn’t miss it because of the snow storm I missed it because well, I spent the whole day in bed sick. There’s a reason why I tend to stay in bed when [Read More...]

updated 2015 speaking schedule

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January 15 The Grace House The Ritz Theater 1530 Newcastle Street Brunswick, GA 31520 http://gracehousebrunswick.org/   January 16-18 January Adventure in Emerging Christianity 2015 Epworth By the Sea 100 Arthur J Moore Drive Saint Simons Island, GA 31522 http://www.januaryadventure.org/   January 28-30 Luther Seminary’s 2015 Mid-Winter Convocation “Religious but not spiritual” Luther Seminary 2481 Como [Read More...]

Enemies, Retribution and Women Giving Birth – a Sermon on Jonah

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(Sermons, so much better when heard that read. click above to listen along!) Once in the middle of the night, I was watching bad Christian television on cable and when I was well past the point of delirium there was Bible trivia game show on. I was feeling pretty proud about getting so many answers [Read More...]

“In The Beginning”: A Sermon on the Occasion Of Paula’s Baptism

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Some of us in this congregation were baptized as infants, some as children some as teenagers, some as adults and some of you – and I’m not naming names, but some of you were baptized more than once. As for me, I was 12 when I was baptized and I remember so much of it…I [Read More...]

Some Questions for Mary; an Advent Sermon

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  (click above to listen along) Another lady-pastor friend of mine in New York posted a simple 3- line poem today. It is titled “Virgin” * It seems everyone wants at least 3-5 years experience. Except God, that is. He looks for the one willing to try something new.  It’s no secret that one of [Read More...]

Shrine for the 141 murdered Pakistani Children

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Several of my parishioners created this shrine that was up at church tonight, it is for the 141 Pakistani children who were murdered this week. 141 pages from a children’s Bible, bullet holes, and spent shell casings. Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.         [Read more...]


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