Monthly Archives: October 2014

Cranky Beautiful Faith – A Scripture Index

The rowing team – on God’s misfits – Matthew 5 – On being called to preach through the death of a friend

God’s aunt – 1 Timothy 2, Esther –  On Wicca, going to seminary, and the reading of her parents when she came out that she was going to be a pastor (page 18)

La Femme Nadia – on working for the opposition – Romans 7 and her reaction to the Bible

Thanks Elca – Those who come late to the field – Matthew 20 – on her friend Ross being ordained as a gay pastor, the stereotype that pastors wives are school teachers

“Nadia, the thing that sucks is that every tie we draw a line between us and others, Jesus is always on the other side of it.”  (page 57)

It’s the fact that the trampy landowner couldn’t manage to keep out of the marketplace – the parable of the vineyard and God’s desire for more – Matthew 20

Hurricanes and Humiliation – 1 John 3 (page 59) – on being a hero to someone in need and actually being conned.

I didn’t call you for this truth bullshit – John 3 (page 69)

Clinical pastoral education – on being a hospital chaplain, “you have to stand there and be present to God” , what her parents used to say “Nadia, you could at least come and visit more often as we won’t be spending eternity together”  Luke 23 (page 78)

Eunuchs and Hermaphrodites – this one spoke to me about connection as we were being served in Wagamamas, I need the other (page 87) Acts 8 – the Ethiopian Eunuch (page 87)


I need the other – the Ethiopian Eunuch – Acts 8 – page 94

Whenever I am weak, I am strong (pastoral failure), 2 Corinthians 12 (page 99)

Pirate Christian – getting on with Pirate Pete who should be her enemy (Matthew 5) (page 108)

The Haitian Stations of the cross – Isaiah 62

Demons and snow angels – about the baptism of a man changing gender – Luke 4

Doormats and wrinkled vestments – Forgiveness of enemies – tells the story of the pastor who did the service for murderer Dylan Klebold and was put out of a job – Matthew 18 (page 144)

Ghosts in the kingdom of heaven – meeting a friend from the past, and her true identity – page 152

Dirty Fingernails – Mary meets Jesus on Easter morning – John 20

The wrong kind of different – Hebrews 13, showing hospitality to strangers (page 178)

He’s a fuck-up, but he’s our fuck-up (page 188), Mark 1

Home by another way – A Scripture Index – Pentecost

The gospel of the  Holy Spirit – Acts 2 (page 143)

The sound of three hands clapping – one of my favourite ever sermons – John 16 on the Trinity (page 153)

The cheap cure – The miracle in the water – this was rather a profound sermon when I read it, although can’t remember the exact circumstances exactly which reminds me I must write such things down – 2 Kings 5

Out of the whirlwind – Job 38

Perfect in weakness  – 2 Corinthians 12 (page 170)

To whom can we go – Joshua 24, Ephesians 5, John 6

Famine in the land – Amos 8 (page 182)

The yes and no brothers – Matthew 21 (page 189)

The Wedding Dress – Matthew 22 (page 194)

Bothering God – Luke 18 (page 199)

God of the living – Luke 20 (page 205)

God’s handkerchief – Revelation 7 (page 210) – For all saints day

Home by another way – A Scripture Index – Lent – Easter

Lenten Discipline – Luke 4 – Temptations (page 65)

Life giving fear – Luke 13 – The story of the tower (page 69)

A tale of two heretics – John 9 – The healing of the blind man (page 73)

Meditations on Good Friday and the words from the Cross – Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19

The unnatural truth – John 20 – Easter

Believing in the word – John 20 – Thomas

Hands and feet – Luke 24

Blood of the martyrs – Acts 6, Luke 7

Rest for the land – Leviticus 25

He who fills all in all – Ephesians 1

Home By Another Way – A Scripture Index – Advent – Christmas – Ephiphany

To help me navigate Barbara Brown Taylor’s wonderfully brilliant collection of sermons, sermons that have such a natural flow to them, the odd great phrase, that makes you wonder why you never saw things that way before:

God’s beloved thief – Matthew 24 – The thief that comes in the night (page 1)

Wherever the way may lead – Mark 1 – page 8

Singing ahead of time – Luke 1 – page 15 – Mary and the Magnificat

Past Perfection – Luke 2 – Watchnight (page 20)

Home by another way – Epiphany – Midrash on the story – Matthew 2 (page 27)

The River of life- Baptism of Jesus – Mark 1 (page 32)

Miracle on the beach – Call of the disciples – Mark 1 (page 37)

The Company of Strangers – Luke 4 – Tells great story of going round the room and people being asked when they had met Jesus, and one person who replied “Who in my life has told the truth to clearly that I wanted to kill him for it?” (page 42)

Show me a sign – Judges 6 – Story of Gideon (page 47)

God’s Ferris Wheel – Luke 6 – Beatitudes (page 51)

Thin Places – Luke 9 – Up the mountain (page 57)






The Shocking Secret Happy People Learn

September 21st 2014 – Transcript here.

Philippians 2.

Ortberg talks about the strata in Roman society and the way that the to humble yourself was almost unheard of, and yet the great secret is that happy people are people who have stopped trying to get up the social ladder.  Talks about how remarkable it was that Christ humbled himself.

Talks about how we try get upgraded and asking for a downgrade is almost unheard of, and yet this is what Jesus does.