Don’t Forget Our Job – A Plea to Ignore the Directions on the ELCA’s Worship Resource for Chalreston

Our nation has been shaken to the bones by the shooting deaths of 9 faithful clergy and church-goers at Mother Emanuel AME last week.  Many faithful Christians gathered  in their communities over the last 10 days to grieve, mourn, pray and repent.  To aid the communities for whom a published worship resource is helpful in [Read More…]

Sermon on the Martyrs of Charleston and the Power of Christ Crucified and Risen

(I suggest clicking above  to listen along) The texts you just heard are amazing and I apologize, but you won’t be hearing a sermon on them today. Come back 3 years from today and maybe you’ll hear a sermon on Job or the calming of the sea – but not today. You already know this, but [Read More…]

A Pentecost Sermon on The Great Unfinished Story

(click below to listen along!) (If you don’t see the embedded player, click here to listen) We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption [Read More…]

Sermon preached at the 2015 Festival of Homiletics

Jesus was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.’ 32But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. 33 Then they came to Capernaum; and when [Read More…]

The Worst: A Sermon About Baltimore, Eunuchs, Evangelical Conferences and How Irritating The Holy Spirit Can Be

(click above to listen along) A week in the life of your preacher. Monday: Freddie Grey, having died as a result of a traumatic spine injury while in police custody, was laid to rest at a service at New Shiloh Baptist Church. Lord, have mercy.  Tuesday: we watch images of another American city go up [Read More…]

The Truth About Sheep

click below to listen along! A few years ago when this congregation was only itself a few years old, my father who is the only one in my life who calls me a Shepherd – an old term for a pastor – asked me “so, Nadia, how’s your flock?” to which I said “same as [Read More…]

Sincere Apologies

A few minutes ago, I (Matthew, Nadia’s husband) attempted to disable further comments to Nadia’s blog post from April 2, , “Do you have questions about the cross?”, which is Nadia’s comments about Tony Jones’ new book “Did God Kill Jesus?”. Unfortunately when I disabled the comments they all disappeared. I absolutely did not intend that [Read More…]

A devastating Good Friday sermon from my friend Sara Miles

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?

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?

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…]