Code-switching and Preaching: When “preacher voice” means leaving our selves and God behind.

In my seminary preaching classes they taught us to avoid “preacher voice.” Have you heard such a voice from the pulpit, a voice that seems “put on” or unnatural? Preacher voice is often described as an astute sounding, carefully articulated, loudly projected, serious sounding voice. I know I’ve been guilty of “preacher voice.” In ourContinue reading “Code-switching and Preaching: When “preacher voice” means leaving our selves and God behind.”

The Word was made a pilgrim.

A sermon preached for the First Sunday of Christmas at Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis. “We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.” Does anyone here own this particular bumper sticker? I know several people who own it. But, I grew up in Colorado, so granola-y statements like thisContinue reading “The Word was made a pilgrim.”

And I Mean To Be One Too: An All Saints Sermon

A sermon preached on November 2nd for the Feast of All Saints at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Denver. What is a saint? This is a fair question, really. I’m not sure there is a concrete answer, but I’m an Episcopal priest, so you probably shouldn’t ask me for concrete answers. We’re not sure, inContinue reading “And I Mean To Be One Too: An All Saints Sermon”