Free: Spending Your Money and Time on What Matters Most

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Some folks in my church have begun a conversation about how to best support each other in reducing debt and spending less so that we can free up more money to give away. It’s a weird, but satisfying idea. We are going on an overnight retreat next month to spend some time talking about what [Read More...]

Sermon on Mary and Martha

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Just to get it out there, this story about Mary and Martha has always irritated me, because I think Martha is awesome, and she’s always made out to be a busy-body and a whiner. See, Jesus is welcomed into the home of Mary and Martha and the thing to understand is that Jesus didn’t exactly [Read More...]

Sermon on Beanie Babies, Scarcity and Vanity.

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(sorry, no audio this week) “it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with. 14I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.” Ecclesiastes 1:13-14 Welcome to Ecclesiastes. All is vanity.  Nothing ends up mattering.  Everything [Read More...]

A lamentation of sorts for Sunday July 14th, 2013 (the day after the Zimmerman verdict))

(My intern, and not myself is slated to preach this evening. But as the pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, I wanted my voice to be in the room. I’m certain it will be a shaky voice.) click here to listen along ——> 2013-07-14 NBW sermon on Trayvon Martin I would like to take [Read More...]

Sermon on What A Lousy Idea It Is For Other People to be the Source of Our Peace

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Click here 2013-07-07<——- to listen along. Jesus said, “See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you” For Open Space today I considered dumping a large sack of live snakes and scorpions on the floor so that as a [Read More...]

A Eulogy of Sorts for an Amazing Woman who 20 Years Ago Saved My Ass

(from the memorial service of Suzanne Harvey Lynch, June 30th, 2013 (what would have been her 79th birthday) at the Comedy Works, Greenwood Village, co) A couple months ago, I sat at the deathbed – or in this case, the death recliner of a woman dying of emphysema and needing a priest.  I’m unclear if [Read More...]

Demon Possession and Why I Named My Depression “Francis”

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  2013-06-23 NBW Sermon 2<—-click here to listen along Today we just got to hear that awesomely weird story of when Jesus casts a legion of demons out of a naked dude and into a herd of pigs – pigs who then throw themselves over a cliff and drown in a lake.   It was this [Read More...]

Sermon (prayer, actually) on Jesus Loving Us So Much He Wants to Throw Up

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2013-09-06 NWB Sermon-1<—click here to listen along. It makes more sense when heard and not just read, I promise. A few years ago I wrote a book about the experience of watching 24 consecutive hours of bad Christian television.  My friends and family signed up for an hour each to watch along with me. The [Read More...]

The Authority of Apology (my Honors Convocation Address at Iliff School of Theology)

My thanks to Deb Creamer and Albert Hernandez for inviting me to speak to you today.  It is an honor to be with you. I have a special fondness for Iliff because I had such a blast here – mostly because let’s face it, Iliff is like, a super weird place. I loved the people [Read More...]

Sermon on Why Hope and Vapid Optimism Are Not The Same Thing

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2013-05-26 NBW Sermon<—-Click here to listen along. …suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us -Romans 5  As many of you know, I have a regular spiritual practice of warning people that I will disappoint them.  A couple times a year we host a Welcome to [Read More...]


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