Sermons & Series

David Zahl
March 1, 2015

The Tyranny of the Scoreboard

The Tyranny of the Scoreboard

Preached the Second Sunday of Lent, March 1, 2015, at Christ Episcopal Church, Charlottesville, VA. To read about the U-Bend of Happiness and “The Real Roots of Mid-life Crisis”, click here. For the David Brooks’ editorial about Brian Williams mentioned in the sermon, click here.

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February 18, 2015

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

Preached on Ash Wednesday at Christ Episcopal Church, Charlottesville, VA. February 18, 2015.

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February 1, 2015

Hungry For Religion

Hungry For Religion

To read more about the religiosity of food, click here or here. For the William Deresiewicz editorial in The NY Times on “How Food Replaced Art as High Culture”, click here. For the Robert Capon quote about the cult of nutrition, click here. And to watch Jim Gaffigan’s riff on McDonalds (from which DZ drew […]

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December 21, 2014

The Most Ironic Time of the Year

The Most Ironic Time of the Year

To read the column by Giles Fraser on the history of Christmas Cards, click here. To view the Calvin and Hobbes strip mentioned in the sermon, click here. For further reflections on “The Elf on the Shelf”, go here. Read all five verses of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear here. (The 4th is the […]

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November 16, 2014

Personal Eschatology

Personal Eschatology

A few of the articles references in the sermon: 1. Steve Almond’s column “The Apocalypse Market Is Booming” for The NY Times Magazine. 2. The Philippe Aries book quoted in the sermon is titled Western Attitudes Toward Death, and it, as well as a number of other related resources, are covered here. 3. For Tim […]

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October 27, 2014

A Test To End All Tests

A Test To End All Tests

To read more on the many ways we are snobs, look no further than here. And to read more on the Ups and Downs of competition, look here.

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September 22, 2014

The Ubiquity of Regret

The Ubiquity of Regret

To read the study in the New York Times about regret, go here. For more from Adam Phillips on FOMO, go here. Or to read DZ’s piece on regret versus remorse at Mockingbird, go here.

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September 2, 2014

Avengers Disassemble!

Avengers Disassemble!

For further reading on Friday Night Lights, check out “The Pastoral Ministry of Eric Taylor“. For further reading on the grief survey DZ noted, check out “Blessed Are Those Who Mourn (And Aren’t Clobbered by Platitudes and Advice)”

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August 17, 2014

The Black Billowing Sail

The Black Billowing Sail

To read more from the New York Times piece Dave referenced, click here. To read the New Yorker article about Robin Williams, click here.

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July 27, 2014

Furious Psychic Propulsion

Furious Psychic Propulsion

To read the quoted Deresiewicz article on the zombification of Ivy League schools, click here. And for the Mary Gaitskill conversion quote, look here.

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