Sermon on the Feeding of the 5,000 (preached for pastors, musicians and church leaders)

(I spent about 25 hours working on a sermon for the closing Eucharist of the ELCA’s Jubilee worship conference, Called to Be a Living Voice.  It was a huge struggle and I was too in my head about it…trying to make sure I said all the things I thought they’d want me to say and [Read More…]

A sermon on no time to rest and also no jetpacks

(click above to listen along) He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. A couple months back I had been in 4 different times zones in the same week, the end of [Read More…]

Accidental Saints Book Tour Info!

I’m so excited about this tour and really hope to see you on the road! These events are all free and will include a raffle of  random items mentioned in the book (to raise funds for non-profits and charities associated with each of the host parishes)…and of course, for one lucky winner, a ham.   [Read More…]

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…]