Chris Yaw

I am a Christ Lover

Chris Yaw

I know, I'm kind of messy - but here goes... I’m an Episcopal priest serving a congregation in Metro Detroit... With a passion for gun safety... A zest for online Christian formation... A zeal for video blogging... A constant writer... A heart for those who have unintentionally harmed... A commitment to workforce housing... A love for marrying people... And an amazing wife, three kiddos and a cat named Sparrow... If you have interests in any of these areas I'd love to connect with you.


Contact Details

  • St. David's Episcopal Church, 16200 W. Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, Michigan, 48076, USA

  • +011 248-557-5430


St. David's

I have served as rector of St. David's Episcopal Church in Southfield, MI for 16 years, join us Sundays in person or via zoom.

Trinity Gun Disposal

Working on the issue of unwanted gun disposal, we've made some real progress in helping rid the U.S. of unwanted firearms.


Since 2013 we have been helping people learn more about faith through our online learning courses at ChurchNext.

Oakland Housing

Helping middle income families get better housing is a challenge that Oakland Housing has been addressing for 75 years.

Hyacinth Fellowship

Because hurting others hurts us, the Hyacinth Fellowship organizes support groups and reminds us that we are not our worst mistakes.

Yaw Wedding

I have been officiating weddings for more than 20 years and continue to find joy in helping couples build lifelong relationships.

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  • Quit Fighting and Start Sharing!

    Quit Fighting and Start Sharing!

    Ever wonder what John the Baptist might say were he to appear today?

    After surveying the international scene, where 2,000 people die by violence every day and the gross inequities between haves and have-nots are being publicized by the Occupiers among us, we might guess that John would take on the social and moral issues of the day, loudly declaring: Quit Fighting and Start Sharing!

    However, when we survey the gross negligences of modernity and compare them with those in 1st century Palestine, things aren’t much different – John’s message to the power-hungry Romans and conniving Judean authorities could’ve also been Quit Fighting and Start Sharing!

    But it wasn’t. Then or now.

    On this second Sunday in Advent, we hear John proclaiming a baptism of repentance and the forgiveness of sins. For John knows, as we all do, that all sin begins in the human heart. We cannot fully address the violence of nations until we consider the aggression of the heart, we cannot fully challenge corporate greed until we consider the gluttonous spirit within. For the start of our journey to the Promised Land that John, then Jesus will usher in, begins with a call to account. It reminds us that if we really want to see violence end and sharing start it MUST begin with us. We need the same call to accountability. We need the same repentance. We need the same forgiveness.

    So what’s stopping us?

    The Jews in the Time of Jesus – Stephen Wylen
    Mark – NT Wright
    Pastor – Eugene Peterson
  • Christ King Sunday

    Christ King Sunday

    A friend of mine likes to play a party game that goes like this:

    When people arrive at the party someone tapes a sign on their back that says either ‘King, Queen or Servant.’

    As people mingle they interact with others according to the role written on their backs. The kings and queens are pampered and given prompt attention. The slaves are hardly noticed, disrespected and talked around.  It doesn’t take long for people to guess who they are by the way others are treating them.

    When the game’s finished my friend asks her guests what it felt like to be treated like royalty and like servants. She also asks what it felt like to treat others according to these roles. She then asks her guests to ponder what life would be like if everyone in their neighborhood treated everyone else as if the sign on their backs betrayed their secret identities as ‘King or Queen.’  

    What would it be like to live in a place where everyone treated everyone else like royalty?

    This Sunday is known as Christ the King Sunday and presents the challenge for us not only to reassert Christ’s lordship in our lives, but also to strengthen our own resolve to treat others like royalty. When Jesus said, whatsoever you do to one of the least of His family, you do to Him – why shouldn’t we be treating others like royalty?

    The Pastor – Eugene Peterson
    Self Abandonment to Divine Providence - Jean-Pierre de Caussade
    Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography – John Dominic Crossan
  • The Parable of the Talents

    The Parable of the Talents

    It’s a story we all know by heart:

    3 slaves, 8 dollars.

    One gets five bucks, one gets two, and one gets one.

    The first two slaves double their money and their master smiles.

    The third one does nothing, so his master cans him and gives his dollar another slave.

    Like all parables, this one is not perfect – every element can’t be equated to a timeless axiom – every detail doesn’t fit seamlessly into a sound, contemporary ethical conviction. Parables are intended to get across a main point and in this case, it is quite clear.

    It’s faithfulness.

    When we attempt to return Jesus’ love to Him we are invited to be faithful. When we say our heart’s desire is to please the Lord, then Jesus says, ‘OK, follow me.’

    And so we do.

    Sometimes well, sometimes not so well.

    When we do it well we find we’re blessed even more. And when we don’t do it well, we find we lose.

    The irony is that we resist taking steps toward Jesus even when they are always in our best interest.

    As CS Lewis famously said, “to walk out of God’s will is to walk into nowhere.”

    Where are we walking today – into nowhere – or into faithfulness?

    The Pastor – Eugene Peterson
    Renovation of the Church – Carlson and Lueken
    Matthew – Donald Hagner
  • Faith It Till You Make It

    Faith It Till You Make It

    Faith it Till You Make It

    I have a friend named Steve.
    He is one of the best-prepared people I know.
    He carries an over-stuffed briefcase.
    He is early for appointments.
    And he wears a suit and tie everywhere.
    When I asked him, while sitting in his faceless entry-level office cubicle, why he conducts himself this way, he said the executives he most admires behave in the same manner.
    And if their world is ever going to be his world, he had better start acting like it.

    On All Saints’ Sunday you and I ponder what life in that other world is all about, and the ways this affects our lives in this world.

    All Saints’ Sunday purports to be a thin place, where the veil between this kingdom, and the Kingdom Come is slim at best.  It is on this day that you and I are encouraged to get on the stick – to act like Christianity is really real – and really think about the ‘what if?’ questions:
    • What if good wins out?
    • What if all of our patience, kindness, and charity are rewarded?
    • What if there really is a God who has walked right beside us all these years?
    • What if, our relatives who have preceded us in glory are shouting at us at this very moment, trying to jar our cemented feet into motion, saying, ‘Yes, yes, it’s all true! Give your life away! Take up your cross! Sell it all and give your all to following Jesus!’?

    All Saints’ Sunday can’t help but encourage us to ‘faith it till we make it’ – to strive to comprehend what that other world – God’s world - is all about. Because if that world is ever going to be our world, we had better start acting like it.

    Missional Communities – Reggie McNeal
    The Pastor – Eugene Peterson
    Renovation of the Church – Carlson/Lueken
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