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.

Me

Contact Details


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


  • +011 248-557-5430


  • chris@stdavidssf.org

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.

ChurchNext

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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  • Who Are Our Heroes?

    Who Are Our Heroes?



    Who are our heroes?

    Are they supermodels, supermoguls, or supermoms?

    Are they articulate bishops, moving preachers, or inspiring spiritual writers?

    Picking heroes these days is difficult for us because we live in a culture where the celebrity has replaced the saint.

    Christian bookstores are full of top-sellers by sports stars and big-church pastors whose fame is derived more from their celebrity than their saintliness.

    The problem, of course, is that celebrities are the opposite of saints. As philosopher James Danaher observes, while the celebrity draws his or her identity from the notoriety that masses of people provide, the saint draws his or her identity from God alone.

    This Sunday is All Saints’ Sunday. On this day you and I contemplate the heroes in our lives. We may consider what examples they’re setting and if we really want to follow them.

    I recently had the pleasure of presiding over the funeral of a saint. Mike did not seek power, prestige, or possessions. He sought to love and give. He was no celebrity. He was a man of God whose patience, quiet devotion and honesty made him the ideal Christian role model.

    Our broken, confused, and violent world desperately needs role models like Mike. And you and me. So who are we looking up to today? Who are our heroes? And do we need to substitute a saint or two for a celebrity?

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    Reading
    Parting the Waters – Taylor Branch
    Rabbi Paul – Bruce Chilton
    Mark – Michael Card
  • Who Gave Others the Right?

    Who Gave Others the Right?



    Who gave other people the right to tell me who I am?

    Was it my mom? Dad? The cool kids at school? Maybe it was the rich neighbor? The homecoming court? Or my own idiosyncratic psychosis?

    The most important beholder of who I am is me. I decide I’m beautiful, smart, witty, generous, compassionate, etc. And nobody else gets that right.

    Unless, of course, we’ve given our lives to Jesus.

    Then all bets are off.

    Because no matter who we’ve decided we are, we’ve underestimated.

    No matter how beautiful, smart, witty, and compassionate you think you are, you have nowhere near the idea of your own fabulousness as the One whom you call Lord.

    So stop looking for everyone else’s approval and own the only approval that really matters. You have an incredible mind. Use it. Be critical of the culture surrounding us, and the God who watches over us. Quit with the self-deprecation and false humility. You are amazing in God's eyes. Period.

    After all, faith means caring less about what people say and more about what God says.

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    Reading
    Becoming a Blessed Church- N Graham Standish
    Evolution of the Word - Marcus Borg
    The Triumph of Christianity - Rodney Stark
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    St. David's Episcopal Church, 16200 W. Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48076 USA

    EMAIL

    chris@stdavidssf.org

    TELEPHONE

    +011 248-557-5430