Sermons & Series

Paul N. Walker
March 5, 2017

The Crucifixion: Class 1

The Crucifixion: Class 1

This class was given as an adult education/confirmation course in the Spring 2017, based on the new book by Fleming Rutledge, The Crucifixion.

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February 5, 2017

The Road Back to Me?

The Road Back to Me?

Most men dread the visit to the doctor for an annual physical. Nobody likes to be poked and prodded and stuck with needles. But more than that, the physical is a judgment on how you are doing. You’ve got to answer questions about your lifestyle,(still looking for the right “balance”) food and drink intake (too […]

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February 1, 2017

The Marilu Switcheroo

The Marilu Switcheroo

I remember vividly the day I first met Marilu. We met for coffee, having been set up by a mutual friend/parishioner to discuss the possibility of a call to Christ Church. I had halfway glanced at the resume she had sent me, and she, I’m sure, had halfway investigated what kind of church Christ Church […]

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January 15, 2017

Looking for Jesus at 4 O’Clock

Looking for Jesus at 4 O'Clock

There is something about Jesus Christ that will always attract people.  Even people who don’t recognize Jesus’ divinity find him compelling. Thomas Jefferson spent his old age studying Jesus of Nazareth, creating a Bible that excised the supernatural and emphasized the moral teaching of Jesus. New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof recently interviewed author and […]

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December 24, 2016

The Light Shines in the Darkness

The Light Shines in the Darkness

Welcome to Christmas Eve at Christ Church!  There is nothing quite like this service, on this day, in this place. From the electricity of excited children, to the lush reds of the overflowing poinsettias, to the poignancy of singing Silent Night on our knees in the darkness by candlelight, Christmas Eve at Christ Church is […]

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December 4, 2016

Wondering Where the Lion Is

Wondering Where the Lion Is

The prophet Isaiah gives us a beautiful vision of harmony and peace on this second Sunday of Advent. This passage is sometimes called “The Peaceable Kingdom”, where predators and prey live together in harmony. Wolves and lambs curl up close for a nap, leopards and goats cozy up together, bears and cows share a meal, […]

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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 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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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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August 28, 2016

Here’s to the Losers – Bless Them All

Here's to the Losers - Bless Them All

Frank Sinatra released a great song in 1964 called “Here’s to the Losers”. 1964 happens to be the year I was born, so I’m not sure what to make of that. The song is a kind of toast to all who are unlucky in love, or alone without friends, or lost, little, least or last […]

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