Happy 80th Birthday to Phyllis Tickle

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Happy 80th birthday to you, Phyllis Tickle. You are simply one of the smartest, most beautiful women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  In you I have found inspiration to pray, to write, to love God, to cherish the sacraments, to think historically, to age gracefully and to, when necessary, swap clothing and [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday Sermon on Truth, Dust, Babies, and Funerals

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2014 Ash Weds NBW Sermon<— click here to listen along. People who think Ash Wednesday is depressing totally don’t get it.  I mean, I understand why confessing our sins, marking ourselves with ashes and reminding each other that we are all going to die isn’t exactly Disney on Ice, but it’s not depressing.  If anything [Read More...]

Sermon on Jesus Rolling His Eyes (and also divorce)

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2014-02-16 NBW Sermon<—–click here to listen along (sermons are spoken events. So much of the meaning comes from the hearing of it.) Years ago there was a project undertaken by Bible scholars whereby they were trying to ascertain what was really knowable about Jesus of Nazareth as a historical figure.  The scholars would take the [Read More...]

Sermon on that special class of salty, light-bearing people to whom Jesus preaches

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2014-02-09 NBW Sermon – 2_12_14, 10.42 AM <—-click here to listen along If you are able to hear that you are the salt of the earth reading from today and NOT have a song from the musical Godspell worm through your head, then more power to ya.  But I am not that mentally strong and I [Read More...]

Meaningless Church Jargon

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After my quiet time with the Lord, where I was bathing in prayer, God laid it on my heart to be a transformational leader by just loving up on my blog readers and offering them some ideas from my missional imagination. Earlier this morning, I saw a tweet from @JesusofNazareth316: Blessed are they who stop [Read More...]

Sermon on What We Think We Want

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2014-01-19 NBW HFASS Podcast – 1_21_14, 7.07 PM<—-click here to listen along One Saturday last month over a 12 hour period a group of us gathered to listen to the Gospels read aloud.  We sat in sofas in a warm renovated barn, busied our hands with eating, and knitting and whittling, and we took turns [Read More...]

Sermon on Baptism, Belovedness, and how God is Like a Duped Teacher

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Click here to listen along (the meaning of the words is clearer when heard and not read.) —>Untitled – 1_13_14, 9.13 AMnbw extra copy 13Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come [Read More...]

My 2014 Speaking Schedule

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2014 BLOG SCHEDULE DATE EVENT LOCATION URL January 3-4 NEOSLYO Winter Gathering Holiday Inn, Independence, Ohio http://www.neos-elca.org/lyo/lyo.htm January 22 Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber to speak in Cedar Falls St. John Lutheran, 715 College St., Cedar Falls, Iowa http://stjohncf.org/ February 10 Keynote Speaker at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 789 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, North [Read More...]

Sermon on Secret Codes, Wibbly Wobbly Time and the O Antiphons

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2013-12-22 NBW HFASS Sermon 2<—-click here to listen along (this one makes more sense heard rather the read, trust me) Ok boys and girls, get super excited.  Because it’s time once again for Pastor Nadia’s super nerdy liturgical church history lesson. That’s right.  Tonight we are going to learn about what the church calls the [Read More...]

And a Soul Felt Its Worth: a Sermon on an Overlooked Miracle

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2013-12-8 NBW HFASS Sermon<—-click here to listen along!  In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! [Read More...]


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