Sermons & Series

Good Friday
March 30, 2018

It Is Finished

It Is Finished

“When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” Jesus died. He took his last breath, and sighed, “it is finished”. If Easter is at the center of the Christian message, then Good Friday is its crucible. These last days of Jesus’ life, […]

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April 14, 2017

Burning Question

Burning Question

A few years before I went to seminary, I went to a course that promised to answer all questions about Christianity. They said there was nothing that would go unanswered. My question was, “Why did God need to kill Christ to satisfy some sort of debt?” Well, the course that promised answers gave me what […]

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March 25, 2016

The Disappointment of Good Friday

The Disappointment of Good Friday

For more of W.H. Auden’s thoughts on Good Friday, go here. Read Kate Bowler’s NY Times testimonial “Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me”, as well as some additional commentary related to the sermon. John Robison’s new book is entitled Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening and the review which DZ references […]

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April 3, 2015

A Love Too Best To Be

A Love Too Best To Be

This sermon was preached on Good Friday 2015 at Christ Episcopal Church, Charlottesville, VA.

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April 19, 2014

It Is Finished

It Is Finished

On his 1973 album There Goes Rhymin’ Simon by legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon, there is a song entitled “American Tune”—which Sam Bush just played for us.  Paul Simon played it during his 2011 induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Its melody is derived from one that Bach wrote and is the same […]

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April 1, 2013

It is Finished

It is Finished

When World War II broke out, there was a UVA student named Walter Harris who left school and became a pilot in the Marine Corps. After the war, he married and had a daughter who idolized him. When she was young, he left to serve in the Korean War, and was captured and detained as […]

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April 6, 2012

The Death of a Savior

     We never really wanted what He was all about, so we killed him.  When He was brought out before us looking pretty roughed up and we had the choice between saving Him and that skunk Barabbas, we all said in one voice “Crucify Him.” Every single one of us opened our mouths against Him. […]

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April 22, 2011

Human, Fully

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April 2, 2010

He Was Wounded for Our Transgressions

Yesterday afternoon Melville Krebs and I had the privilege of teaching some of the kids from Christ Church about Holy Communion, and as we talked about Jesus’ death on the cross on Good Friday, one of the kids’ commented that Good Friday is good for us because it was bad for Jesus. Of course, she […]

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April 10, 2009

It Is Finished

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