AuthorVicar Nancy Brody

Vicar Nancy Brody

Vicar Nancy grew up in Dahlgren, Virginia. Lutheran worship and theology retrofitted and proactively bathed her mosaic of Christian experience with a transformative wash of undeserved, unearned, unlimited grace, sustained by word and sacrament.

If……………, and [then]…

Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, they will obey [keep] my word, and my Father will love them, and [then] we will come to them and take up residence with [remain in] them. The person who does not love me does not obey [keep] my words.” John 14: 23-24 A reply that begins with the…

“Did You Happen to Find Your Keys?”

There’s a set of keys offered to us in today’s gospel text that we (and the disciples) are challenged to find: the key to knowing peace rather than fear, the key to being able to trust another person, and the key to offering forgiveness. Finding the keys to discipleship is a necessary step in our quest to travel down the road.

Cost versus Value

We are very familiar with the scene and the characters in today’s gospel. We think we know them. There is much that has been said regarding them. But, none of the details in the story irrefutably support the theories.Theories that have long been perpetuated about who, where and when this scene takes place. Therefore, I…

Essential Oil

As a Christian, are you more pragmatic or compassionate? Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him) said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” He said this not because he cared… John 12:4-6. Characters in the Bible sometimes…


God is great at teaching through paradoxes, things that at first, seem totally absurd. Jesus does his best to explain how they are true. The contradictory proposition of Ash Wednesday is how ashes not only cleanse, but prepare space to light a new fire.


“But, it’s trouble ahead if you think you have it made. What you have is all you’ll ever get. And it’s trouble ahead if you’re satisfied with yourself. Your self will not satisfy you for long. And it’s trouble ahead if you think life’s all fun and games. There’s suffering to be met, and you’re…

Magic or Miracle?

New Day Sermon Epiphany 2 Ritual cleansing prepared an individual to participate in something sacred (like worship or a wedding ceremony). Purity’s goal was to open a vertical channel to God, the source of everything sacred. Jesus’ miracle of water to wine created a link between religious practice and the sacredness of horizontal relationships.