Sermons & Series

Live from Christ Episcopal Church
October 30, 2016

The Curse of the Billy Goat

The Curse of the Billy Goat

On a cold afternoon, in 1945, and a man and his goat decided to head to the world series.  The man bought two tickets: one for his Goat, and one for him. As they approached the ticket turnstile, and the ticket agent.  The Man handed the ticket agent two tickets:  one for him and for his […]

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October 23, 2016

We Do Not Presume

We Do Not Presume

The scandal of the gospel is on full display in the pithy yet powerful parable Jesus tells in this morning’s gospel. It may be the signature story of the truths we hold to be self-evident in the pulpit of Christ Church, and indeed the bedrock of historic Christianity. What are those truths? Well, we get […]

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October 16, 2016

The Persistent Prayers of Bob Dylan

The Persistent Prayers of Bob Dylan

For a real Mockingbird Bob Dylan Primer, go here. And to read the Miroslav Volf quote, go here.

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October 9, 2016

A Disease of Perception

A Disease of Perception

It’s complicated—that’s the best that can be said about the father/daughter relationship that has been on my mind this week. The father inherited a big company and the daughter worked with her father after he divorced her mother. They had some nasty public arguments and he seemed to be her harshest critic. The father was […]

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October 2, 2016

Faith Like a Mustard Seed

Faith Like a Mustard Seed

I grew up with three older brothers. I was the youngest—I was the baby. And while that certainly had some perks, like your parents completely mailing it in when it comes to discipline-or curfews-or making you do your homework, there were some hard parts too. In a testosterone filled house, the smallest, the weakest and […]

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September 25, 2016

The Great Chasm

The Great Chasm

Where is the gulf in your life? A place of hopelessness?  A chasm that seems like the grand canyon, two wide and expansive to ever be solved or crossed?  Feelings of pain, un-comfortableness fill this place. We have two reactions to these gulfs- We deny it. We hide from it. We take a different way […]

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September 18, 2016

Just an Unjust Steward?

Just an Unjust Steward?

In the summer of 1986, Christie and I were on an extended low-budget backpacking honeymoon through Europe. We were just graduated, newly married, very young, and deeply clueless about how to navigate life as adults, much less how to be married to one another. In search of experience, I guess, we tromped from country to […]

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September 11, 2016

The Vulcan and the Red Bandana

The Vulcan and the Red Bandana

To read/watch more about the Welles Crowther story: http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=11505494 On the “Penn Face” phenomenon on college campuses: http://www.mbird.com/2015/07/penn-face-duck-syndrome-and-biblical-heroes-more-notes-on-my-least-favorite-topic/ Oh, and for the Trekkies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc81Un8ltS4

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September 4, 2016

The String

The String

It’s Labor Day Weekend–which means you’re either knee deep in some big home project or taking one last lazy summer weekend. Or maybe both. But it also means Fall TV Premiers are coming up, the time when we get to see a new season after the cliff hangers of last season. I am not really […]

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August 28, 2016

Here’s to the Losers – Bless Them All

Here's to the Losers - Bless Them All

Frank Sinatra released a great song in 1964 called “Here’s to the Losers”. 1964 happens to be the year I was born, so I’m not sure what to make of that. The song is a kind of toast to all who are unlucky in love, or alone without friends, or lost, little, least or last […]

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