With all these grandchildren you may wonder how I can get a word in edgewise. (Not to mention that two more have arrived since this picture was taken.) I admit it can be challenging, but I manage. Some of them are more verbose than others, but we are learning to respect one another. Which, I want to emphasize, is one of the most important qualities that any speaker you invite to your event should possess. At least it is to me.
As you can guess if you’ve read my blog, I enjoy speaking about what it means to be human, what it means to be male and female, what it means to be Christian, and how all of this comes together to impact the way we work out our everyday lives. I love shedding light on some of those kick-in-the-gut passages of scripture (mostly about women) that can be so hard to stomach. My take on Paul’s theology of gender (the ideas that lie behind Paul’s instructions to men and women) is one of my most popular topics.
My experience includes preaching and teaching in a variety of settings, both to women only and to mixed gender audiences. If you would like to hear me speak, you can access my recent sermon on Hospitality, Pastoring and Exhortation through Littleton Vineyard Church’s website. You can also subscribe to Authentic Intimacy and listen as Dr. Juli Slattery talks with me about a few of those passages in the Bible that seem to denigrate women. Search for Java with Juli podcast #163: “Women & the Tough Bible Verses.”
I also served as guest preacher at Kiowa Community Church and Elbert Presbyterian Church in 2017; panelist and prayer leader for the 2016 Prism::Gifts conference in Phoenix, Arizona; primary speaker at numerous women’s events at Denver United Church from 2010-2015; prayer and teaching leader at several church-wide Prayer and Worship Nights, also at Denver United; primary speaker at several retreats and day workshops for small groups of women through New Life Church in Colorado Springs; speaker at the 2005 Day for Girls at New Life; workshop leader for the 2006 Day for Women, also at New Life; and speaker and interpreter (please don’t ask me to interpret!) for the 1999 and 2000 Women’s Weeks in Monterrey and Cancun, Mexico where (oddly enough) I spoke to groups of men and women. From 2005-2007 I led a weekly ministry to 80 middle school girls at New Life Church, and from 2009-2015 I served as a board member at Denver United Church. At the present time I serve at Littleton Vineyard Church.