Sermons & Series

Paul N. Walker
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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July 24, 2016

God of the Blue Notes

God of the Blue Notes

In his letter to the church in Colossae, St. Paul warns us not to be taken “captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition…” Instead we are to be “rooted and built up in (Christ) and established in faith.” One of the chief ways that we (the church) have failed to heed Paul’s […]

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May 29, 2016

The Gospel According to Wayne and Garth?

The Gospel According to Wayne and Garth?

By now, you have probably heard of the recent real life obituary in the Richmond Times Dispatch. “Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the age of 68.”  Mrs. Noland […]

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May 22, 2016

God’s Green Jacket Is Red

God's Green Jacket Is Red

Back when people sent invitations to parties by mail, rather than by Evite, I remember going into friends’ houses and occasionally seeing invitations to parties to which we weren’t invited hanging on their fridge. Even if we didn’t want to actually go to the said party, it still hurt to not get the bid. The […]

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