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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  • When We Don't Get It Right

    When We Don't Get It Right


    How mediocre has your walk with Jesus been?

    Have you been too busy to pray?

    Have you spoken badly about your neighbor, employees, or children? Are you feeling a bit shameful about it? Or are you feeling guilty because you’ve been a bad parent, watched something you shouldn’t have watched, said something you shouldn’t have said, and done some things you really don’t want anybody else to know about?

    That’s what society calls a ‘sinner.’ We feel shame, embarrassment, humiliation and we beat ourselves up because we’re Christians and we should know and do better.
    Which is what Jesus addresses in this Sunday’s Gospel.

    We join Jesus as he has dinner at another rabbi’s house. But instead of commending the rabbi for his stellar religious observance, Jesus commends the person who was at the opposite extreme. Jesus lifts up a woman branded as a sinner, who can only cry and wash his feet with her tears. She commends to us a notion that just may bring you new life today:

    Perfect fidelity has never been a requirement of following Jesus.

    What are you beating yourself up about right now? Your laziness? Your busyness? Your anger?

    Sure, we can rationalize and distance ourselves from our own messes. Or we can be like that unknown woman, that sinner, who simply fell at Jesus’ feet – in worship, compassion, and humility. Jesus isn’t impressed with all the good deeds you brought to church today. Jesus isn’t in awe of the great ways you’ve managed to keep the train on the tracks. Jesus is in awe when we agree to be ourselves. And we say we’re sorry. Admit to the truth. And cling to Him to take it from here.

    How might we do that today? Forgive yourself. Our expectations should not be higher than God’s

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    Reading
    Switch – Heath Brothers

    Damn Few – Rorke Denver
  • Is This The End?

    Is This The End?


    The death had come suddenly and unexpectedly.

    He was the only son of a widow with no health insurance or viable means of support, a strapping young man who was very smart and very capable.

    So when she came home from shopping to find him sprawled out on the living room floor she absolutely lost it.

    Being Jewish, the funeral would be the next day. And the flood of emotion kept her up all night. When the undertakers arrived and the solemn procession to the cemetery ensued, she was comforted little by all the people joining her.

    As the procession neared the cemetery a stranger approached. He stopped the parade, called to the corpse to wake up. And the young man did.

    We can’t imagine the ensuing emotion.

    God had brought to life something humanity had pronounced dead. This is what God does.

    What if everything that’s ever died will live again?

    What if the break up, bankruptcy, depression, and funeral are not the end?

    Friends, we may be going through the worst of times (would anyone trade places with that widow?) and God wants us to know that death is not the end.

    So what have we declared dead in our lives?  Our marriage, our financial situation, our hope of ever finding meaningful work?  God is working to restore, rebuild, and resurrect. We are the widow. We are the young man. We are the inheritors of resurrection. So why are we letting the things that are bothering us, bother us? Why do we mourn as if we had no hope? We are in God’s hands and God brings life to things that are dead. Period.

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    Reading
    Thin Blue Smoke – Doug Wargol
    Switch – Heath Brothers

    The Online Teaching Survival Guide – Boechtter and Conrad
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    chris@stdavidssf.org

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    +011 248-557-5430