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.

U.S. Guns Produced Today
Americans Accidentally Killed Today
Homeless Americans
Weddings Performed
  • The Pharisees and The Donald

    The Pharisees and The Donald

    One of the reasons Donald Trump is leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination is because of, as one observer put it, ‘his defiance of the prevailing culture of political correctness among the media and academia.’

    In other words, Donald Trump may be bombastic, decadent, rude, and pompous, but, as another supporter put it, ‘he tells it like it is.’ Trump does not mince words, he’s not shaped by opinion polls or focus groups; what you see is what you get.

    Love him or hate him (for there is little middle ground with Donald Trump) his popularity points a finger at something really important: Authenticity. Trump is perceived as authentic. And people today crave authenticity.

    This Sunday’s gospel takes us to a fierce confrontation between Jesus and some religious authorities that finds its roots in authenticity. Clothed in their clerical robes and obsessed with their rituals, Jesus cuts through the hypocrisy to teach his disciples, and you and me, about how truly important it is to be who we are.

    Why so many authorities, religious and otherwise, find comfort in suspicion, defense, and distrust (versus openness humility, and curiosity), makes us wonder if they are truly fearful of being found out – as if to reveal their real selves, motivations, foibles, and fears – would ruin them?

    And this is the challenge for us all today: to be brave enough to be who we are.

    When we choose not to be ourselves, the best we can be is a poor imitation of someone else, and the worst we can be is rule-obsessed judges who need to put others down so we can feel better about who we aren’t.

    How do we hide? And why? Who are we beneath the public personas we painstakingly sculpt? How might God be calling us to shed the ill-fitting clothes of another and to become truly ourselves?
  • Puzzles


    I spilled the puzzle pieces onto the table and asked my daughter to start putting them together.

    “I can’t,” she said, “You’ve got to show me the picture on the puzzle box. I need to know what it’s supposed to look like.”

    Tell me about it. As you and I look at the jumbled up puzzle pieces of our lives, we too scream out for an image of what it’s supposed to look like - the picture, the pattern, the map, the model, of how we’re supposed to make sense of it all.

    And there’s no shortage of those. Family, friends, neighbors, celebrities, and athletes all vie for our attention and scream at us to use them as our model. Many of us grew up in homes that didn’t provide us with suitable models – or at least perfect ones  - and look where we are. That’s why so much of life is spent looking for them.

    That’s where Jesus comes in. Jesus is the pattern. He tells us that the life worth living is the one that looks like his.

    We do this by reading, studying, meditating, and, outlandishly, by consuming him. This is the mystery of the Eucharist. When we eat something we absorb its nutrients and turn it into the energy we need to live. Jesus asks us to eat him – to literally and metaphorically take him into ourselves not only for the energy it provides, but for the kind of person into which it makes us.

    Consume Jesus. Be consumed by Jesus. This is how the puzzle pieces are meant to come together.
  • So What Is Eternal Life?

    So What Is Eternal Life?

    Southerners call it the ‘sweet by and by.’
    Atheists call it a mythical delusion for the simple-minded.
    Yet Jesus described eternal life much differently – as something far more expansive, engaging, even irresistible.

    Perhaps most striking for Christians, is the idea that Jesus doesn’t talk about eternal life as something you’re going to get nearly as much as something you already have: ‘Whoever believes has eternal life’ (John 6).

    But isn’t eternal life this joyful state of never-ending bliss? Yes and no. Eternal life is joy. It is our best, greatest, and highest experience of happiness. But this kind of joy doesn’t come from the cessation of pain, when we are in a state of total relaxation, or when we are passive. Psychologist Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi says it’s just the opposite: our, “best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”

    The joy, then, that is eternal life is a byproduct of our activity, not the aim. A focus on happiness will never lead to happiness – a focus on deeply meaningful, important, challenging, and engaging work, does.

    My most meaningful work stems from those things that fulfill the purpose for which I’ve been given life. When I do the creative, sacrificial, and hard work of a good father, priest, and neighbor I experience my deepest and most fulfilling joys.

    As tempting as it is to believe that we’ve reached nirvana when we are lounging on a cloud surrounded by margaritas, cigars, the Chippendales, or 70 virgins, these moments do not provide our deepest fulfillment. It’s doing the hard work, pushing ourselves, stretching and straining our minds, bodies, and spirits in pursuit of the work God has called us to do, that offer the greatest personal satisfaction.
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    St. David's Episcopal Church, 16200 W. Twelve Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48076 USA



    +011 248-557-5430