The first time I spoke publicly was as a sophomore in high school. I wrote a first-person monologue from the perspective of a soldier who nailed Jesus to the cross. The confession he made was my own. The Holy Spirit felt palpable in those moments. I can't say that I fell in love with the craft in that first experience but it certainly shapes me to this day.
As I grew in faith and as a leader among my peers, I was granted additional opportunities to lend my hand at public speaking. At high school graduation, I spoke to my friends from the stage as our class president. Thinking back on that speech is a little less flattering. At that point I was a young fundamentalist, fiery in passion for my narrow view of the world. But yet again, the feeling of joy in God's presence is a key memory from that foray.
Today, I think that public speaking is one of my primary gifts - not necessarily because my personality is so compelling or that I've got stand-up comedian humor. Rather, I am good at interpreting and explaining the world through the lens of church, scripture, and Jesus. I give language to the everyday experiences of people who simply want to live their lives, enjoy their families, and make a difference in the world. My favorite thing about preaching is how it affords an opportunity to set people free from the imposed bondage of false ideas about God and reality.
Attached here are my six most recent sermons from the pulpit of the Walla Walla University Church. In addition to speaking in this my home context several times per year, I also travel regularly throughout the region and world to lead "Week of Prayer" convocations and weekend retreats, as well as to speak from the pulpits of my neighboring partners in ministry.
If you would like a transcript, notes, or references from a sermon I've given, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm excited to share!