Sermons & Series

Live from Christ Episcopal Church
January 15, 2017

Looking for Jesus at 4 O’Clock

Looking for Jesus at 4 O'Clock

There is something about Jesus Christ that will always attract people.  Even people who don’t recognize Jesus’ divinity find him compelling. Thomas Jefferson spent his old age studying Jesus of Nazareth, creating a Bible that excised the supernatural and emphasized the moral teaching of Jesus. New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof recently interviewed author and […]

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January 8, 2017

Sealed and Marked

Sealed and Marked

Welcome to the year of Matthew! In the liturgical church, we have a three year cycle of gospel readings and this year is Matthew. If you’ve ever looked at the gospel of Matthew, it starts with a very long list of barely pronounceable names that are the genealogy of Jesus—names like Jehoshaphat, Rehoboam, and Zerubbabel. […]

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January 1, 2017

New Year, New Me

New Year, New Me

It’s an honor to get to speak to you this morning. Happy New Year! It’s 2017! It’s nice to say that. Isn’t that nice to hear? No matter what last year was like for you, you’re probably ready for a new start. It seems like all we’ve been talking about is how awful 2016 was and […]

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December 25, 2016

An Outrageous Christmas

An Outrageous Christmas

Merry Christmas! Whether you are a regular, a friend, a visitor or don’t know why you are here today, welcome. We are glad that you are spending your Christmas morning with us. Christmas morning is especially dear in our lives and we all have memories, both good and bad, of Christmas past that we carry […]

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December 24, 2016

The Light Shines in the Darkness

The Light Shines in the Darkness

Welcome to Christmas Eve at Christ Church!  There is nothing quite like this service, on this day, in this place. From the electricity of excited children, to the lush reds of the overflowing poinsettias, to the poignancy of singing Silent Night on our knees in the darkness by candlelight, Christmas Eve at Christ Church is […]

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December 18, 2016

There But for the Grace of God Go I

There But for the Grace of God Go I

It was a three-day affair in Salem, VA.   It begins with the Christmas Parade down Main Street, and we are on the bed of a truck then it continues with the live nativity scene on Saturday and culminates with the Family Communion Service at St. Paul’s on Sunday. I am talking about the Weekend Long […]

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December 11, 2016

Some Annoying Advice from James

Some Annoying Advice from James

As I’m sure you all can guess, the chatter around the Christ Church office this past week has been, well, about my hair cut. It was long overdue I know, and thank you, I think it looks nice too. In fact Paul actually said to me, “wow Josh, great haircut! You actually look kind of […]

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December 4, 2016

Wondering Where the Lion Is

Wondering Where the Lion Is

The prophet Isaiah gives us a beautiful vision of harmony and peace on this second Sunday of Advent. This passage is sometimes called “The Peaceable Kingdom”, where predators and prey live together in harmony. Wolves and lambs curl up close for a nap, leopards and goats cozy up together, bears and cows share a meal, […]

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November 27, 2016

Who’s the Boss?

Who's the Boss?

Time operates in two primarily different experiences.  It’s either going too fast or too slow. When it is going to fast, things seem to be flying by, fun is had, and people are laughing, you are working hard, loving every minute and wondering where the time went.  Usually, these periods in my life end with […]

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November 20, 2016

Being Right

Being Right

I had something happen to me this week that made me deeply question whether I was right or wrong about something.  You may have heard the saying, “Do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?” When I hear that, I usually think, “You don’t understand, being right makes me happy!” […]

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