Sermons & Series

Paul N. Walker
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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April 24, 2016

You, I Would Die for You

You, I Would Die for You

In our gospel reading this morning, Jesus gives his disciples a new commandment. The setting is the Last Supper. These are some of His final words to His followers. The new commandment is this: the disciples are to love one another, just as Jesus has loved them.  He says there will be a kind of […]

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March 27, 2016

At Least We’ve Got That Going For Us, Which Is Nice

At Least We've Got That Going For Us, Which Is Nice

Welcome to Christ Church on this Easter Day! Easter day is drenched and dripping in hope – the lilies, the hymns, the Hallelujah Chorus, the resurrection readings. People turn out in spades for a piece of that hope. An article in the Wall Street Journal this past Holy Week called hope the “emotion we all […]

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March 20, 2016

Eat, Pray, Die

Eat, Pray, Die

Ten years ago, Elizabeth Gilbert published her memoir “Eat Pray Love”; it made a stir among a certain set. It chronicled “one woman’s search for everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia”. In an attempt to “find herself”, she presumably ate in Italy, prayed in India, and loved in Indonesia. When Julia Roberts starred in the […]

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February 21, 2016

A Fox in the Henhouse

A Fox in the Henhouse

Christie was given a chicken coop for a birthday present about ten years ago. It’s in our backyard. Most years we buy spring chicks – just hatched, and put them in a kind of incubator in the basement. Last year we got 21 eggs shipped to us to incubate in the preschool. Very exciting when […]

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