a Sermon on Faith, Doubt, and Mustard Seed Necklaces

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2013-10-06 nbw hfass sermon 2 <—-click here to hear a real, live preacher. When I was a little girl, I was given a small necklace.  It was a Christian necklace, see, but it held, not a little gold cross or a silver Jesus fish symbol-thing. No.  Hanging from this gold chain was a small, clear, plastic [Read More...]

Sermon: Field Notes on Grace from 10 days on the Road

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2013-09-22 NBW hfass sermon <—- click here to listen along (the laughter at HFASS is totally worth hearing) Just for the record I really did try this week while on countless airplanes and in countless hotel rooms to steal 20 minutes here and there and write a proper sermon as though I was really here in [Read More...]

Sermon About How Totally Uncool We Are

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2013-09-01 2-1<—–Click here to listen along! I have this friend Caitlin who tends to just tell me the truth about things,  which isn’t always comfortable. Caitlin and I close friends but are really different people, and years ago we were both planning our 40th birthday parties – mine was a roller disco party at a [Read More...]

Sermon on the Parameters We Prefer For Jesus to Work Under

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    2013-08-25 NBW HFASS Sermon<—–Click here to listen along (and delight yourself with how much I botched one of the paragraphs) I have to say, one of my very favorite things about Jesus is how he does whatever he wants to and could really give a hell about how other people feel about it. [Read More...]

Pastrix (limited) Book Tour!

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Hello friends! 20 days until my book, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint, comes out and I take off for book events in a few cities. I’m excited to share this book – a theological memoir about my life and faith and that of others who God has put in my [Read More...]

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...]


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