Sermons & Series

Dave Johnson
May 12, 2014

I Am the Gate

I Am the Gate

This was The Rev. Dave Johnson’s last sermon at Christ Episcopal Church before moving to Georgia to serve as Rector at Christ Church Valdosta. To order Dave Johnson’s book of sermons, click here. In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday. In the […]

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April 28, 2014

A Living Hope

A Living Hope

I was on an airplane recently and found myself riveted by my favorite in-flight periodical, Sky Mall.  There are so many products in the Sky Mall catalogue that improve lives and make the world a better place.  Take for instance, a product called “Bob’s Affirmation Box”—a product for those whose name is Bob who have […]

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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 7, 2014

Here Comes the Son

Here Comes the Son

Recently a friend sent me an account of a hilarious email miscommunication: A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida during a particularly icy winter.  They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon twenty years earlier.  Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules—so, the husband […]

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March 24, 2014

Truly the Savior of the World

Truly the Savior of the World

In the 2005 film Elizabethtown, Orlando Bloom plays Drew Baylor, a designer at a large shoe company whose cutting edge shoe design, “Spasmodica” is revolutionizing the entire shoe industry and making a huge fortune for his company. However, a major flaw is found in his design, and millions upon millions of the “Spasmodica” shoes are […]

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March 7, 2014

He Remembers That We Are But Dust

He Remembers That We Are But Dust

When I was a youth minister in the mid-90’s, I was at a youth ministry conference and met Dave Hope, the bassist of the progressive rock band Kansas.  Dave had experienced a radical conversion to Christ, and was really kind and personable.  I was fascinated by some of his stories about the band, including how […]

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February 17, 2014

Anger Will Be No More

Anger Will Be No More

In today’s passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addresses many “fun” topics—anger, debt, lust, divorce, and deceit—all of which impact of our lives in one way or another. This sermon concerns the first of these: anger. Jesus opens today’s passage this way: “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient […]

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January 21, 2014

God Has Chosen You

God Has Chosen You

When I was a kid, I used to enjoy watching Chuck Norris movies. Chuck always played an invincible hero who was victorious, no matter what. During the past several years, many legendary “facts” have emerged about the one and only Chuck Norris, and since it’s been a year since I opened a sermon with Chuck […]

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December 27, 2013

Hugs and Laughter All Around

Hugs and Laughter All Around

It is a joy to celebrate this Christmas morning with you! Have you ever noticed that you tend to receive the best Christmas presents from the people who know you the best and love you the most? When I was a young boy, I remember being particularly excited about opening a certain present that sounded […]

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December 23, 2013

God Is With Us

God Is With Us

As we near Christmas I’d like to begin this morning with some actual “Dear Santa” letters I came across last week. Some were hilarious, for example: Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year. Please bring me a cat, dog, and pig. Thank you! From Nikki Dear Santa, Please give me a big […]

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