Sermon on Paul, Silas, and the Prayers of My Mother

(click above to listen along) When my big sister was 6 she prayed and prayed every night for a baby sister. My mother Peggy had what is called RH factor , which there was no treatment for in the 60’s like there is now. Her blood created anti-bodies against the blood of her babies and [Read More…]

Dearly Beloved; a Sermon on Shutting Up the Accuser

    (click above to listen along) Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called “life”. We are gathered here today to seek the voice of our God – to fill our ears with the sounds of praise and petition, to say to one another that you are forgiven, to [Read More…]

“Father, Can I Tell Your Congregation How Resurrection REALLY Feels?” – a Sermon on Conversion

(Click above to listen along…sermons are spoken events!) “She crashed into the Easter Mass with her hair done up in broken glass. She was limping left on broken heels. When she said, ‘Father can I tell your congregation how a resurrection really feels?” These lyrics from the band The Hold Steady are among my favorite [Read More…]

Yoga, Pizza, and the Hubble Telescope: A Maundy Thursday Sermon in 5 Parts

(click above to listen along) Yoga class About 4 months ago I stopped doing Crossfit and started doing yoga in what basically amounts to the world’s most uninteresting mid-life crisis. And I’m not even very good at Yoga. You can tell because just saying “I’m not good at yoga” tells you I don’t “get” yoga. [Read More…]

Junk Food, DJs and Brothers; a Sermon On How All That Is The Father’s Is Ours

(Click above to listen to the preached sermon. If you can’t see the audio player, click here to open it in a separate window to listen.) Many of you know that when I’m asked by my seatmate on an airplane what it is I do for a living, I’ve been know to say, “Um, ….I work [Read More…]

a little reading for Fat Tuesday/Ash Wednesday (from Accidental Saints)

On the day before Fat Tuesday, 2014, I stood in a small restaurant on Denver’s tree-lined Sixth Avenue, looking hungrily at the food set out for Billy’s memorial service. The locally owned restaurant, Satchel’s on 6th, had the simple, clean look of a place owned and run by foodies. I was famished, and the chocolates [Read More…]

If Jesus Was Your Preacher: a Sermon

(click above to listen to this sermon being preached) A few years ago I was interviewed for a local glossy magazine – you know, the kind that has a lot of ads for things I don’t care about – like, luxury watches. Anyhow, in the interview what I had actually said was “At House for [Read More…]

You Are Not Alone; A Sermon on Mary, Elizabeth, and Being Given One to Another

  (click above to listen along) Many of you know that 6 young clergy women from all over the country came to Denver Sunday to spend a couple days together. I sort of arraigned a last-minute urban retreat for the 7 of us and so in the midst of Advent, when they couldn’t really afford [Read More…]

Bullies, Terrorists and Anxiety: A Sermon on Defiant Hope

This is a sermon that should be heard if at all possible and not just read. Click above to listen along.  I was speaking somewhere in the Midwest earlier this year when a middle-school kid raised their hand during a Q & A. I called on her and in her anxious bravery she asked “Pastor Nadia, what [Read More…]

Fall on Your Knees: A Sermon for Christ The King Sunday

(click above to listen along)   This sermon comes in 6 parts. Part 1: Reagan’s terrible choice for favorite Christmas song and my awesome one. Reagan and I were in perhaps our first major disagreement this week. It wasn’t a point of doctrine or a workplace squabble; it was the answer to the question “what [Read More…]