Sermons & Series

Live from Christ Episcopal Church
July 2, 2017

The Present

The Present

If you haven’t been here lately, we understand. We have been on vacation, too. I just want to catch you up on what’s been happening sermon-wise. The last two Sundays, we have had sermons about Abraham in Genesis, including Sarah laughing when she was told she would have a baby and also Ismael sent out […]

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June 25, 2017

Where Are You?

Where Are You?

Today’s reading from Genesis is one that I really like. I really like it for two reasons: First, because of what comes before it—the overall story that it’s a part of. Abraham and Sarah received a promise from God that they would receive a child, despite being well beyond child bearing years. And they lost […]

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June 18, 2017

God Has the Last Laugh

God Has the Last Laugh

Most people have heard Woody Allen’s famous quip about the best way to make God laugh: just tell Him your plans. But in today’s reading from Genesis we have the reverse situation happening. God tells Sarah His plans, and Sarah laughs. But Sarah’s laugh isn’t a good-natured, happy laugh; it’s a bitter, mocking, sarcastic laugh. […]

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June 11, 2017

A Void Is Never A Void

A Void Is Never A Void

To listen to the Robert Davis story, click here. Just in time for summer I’ve started reading a book by Dan White called Under the Stars: How America Fell In Love with Camping. Maybe this says something about me before I say anything at all: that I am the type of person to read a […]

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June 4, 2017

The End of DIY

The End of DIY

We had a birthday party at our house yesterday for our 3 year-old granddaughter, Annie. It was a Paw Patrol party—which means it was about a pack of dogs. At 10am, when the guests were arriving, it was total bedlam. The ‘some assembly required’ doghouse had no directions, the hotdogs were gone, our two real […]

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May 28, 2017

The Power of Mercy

The Power of Mercy

Have you ever been present to hear someone’s last words? Or have you ever wondered what your last words might be? We fixate on these last words hoping that they will be something soft and gentle and loving. Or perhaps something funny or clever—something that will sum up our life and personality, something memorable and […]

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May 21, 2017

The Real Good News

The Real Good News

Christie and I recently had dinner with dear friends from England who were visiting the States. We’ve known them for 30 year and shared much of our lives together. Yet, during a discussion at dinner I found myself defending my point of view about a certain subject, with a mixture of anger, arrogance and downright […]

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May 14, 2017

My Father’s House

My Father's House

The month of May is the month of commencement speeches. Over the next few weeks, thousands of commencement addresses will be spoken at college and high school graduations all over the country. To most people, commencement just means, “boring,” but these speeches try to mark the “beginning” of life after school. People call this, “life […]

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May 7, 2017

The Fundamental Attribution Error (of Sheep and Gates)

The Fundamental Attribution Error (of Sheep and Gates)

Here’s the Andre Dubus quote referenced.  Here’s the Mischa Willett poem. Here’s the George Saunders piece from the New Yorker.  Here’s the Anne Lamott quote. 

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May 7, 2017

Confirmation Sunday Sermon

Confirmation Sunday Sermon

This was preached by the Bishop Susan Goff in Christ Church Charlottesville, on Confirmation Sunday 2017.

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