Sermons & Series

Live from Christ Episcopal Church
November 13, 2016

The Only Engine of Survival

The Only Engine of Survival

You can listen to or download the sermon below. Click here to read Cameron Cole’s story. Click here to watch Leonard Cohen sing “Come Healing”.

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November 6, 2016

No Power of Ourselves

No Power of Ourselves

Dave Zahl got the good out of Bob Dylan in his excellent sermon from a few weeks ago, but there is one more famous line of his I’d like to use to begin this short All Saints’ Sunday sermon.  “You’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed, you’re gonna have to serve somebody. Well, it […]

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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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