Sermons & Series

David Zahl
June 28, 2015

The Urgency of Mercy

The Urgency of Mercy

Music, it turns out, is not the only thing that can harmonize. We learn this morning that stories can harmonize, too. As the passage in Mark profoundly illustrates, the stories of two separate healings complement one another. They are juxtaposed. They’re intertwined. They’re meant to be read together. Literary people would call this a framing […]

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May 31, 2015

The Kiss of God

The Kiss of God

To read more about the new David Brooks book on character, and more thoughts on humility, click here.  

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April 27, 2015

Jesus Dropped the Charges

Jesus Dropped the Charges

To read the Brigid Schulte interview Dave mentioned, read it here. To read more about the suicide epidemic, read it here. And then there’s this:

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April 12, 2015

Baby Boxes and Resurrection Fruit

Baby Boxes and Resurrection Fruit

To read more about Pastor Lee and his “baby dropbox,” you can read more here.

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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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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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