Sermons & Series

Paul N. Walker
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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February 14, 2016

The Devil Is In the If-Thens

The Devil Is In the If-Thens

The first Sunday in Lent gives us an account of Jesus being tempted by the devil. After Jesus is baptized, he fasts for forty days in the wilderness. He is tempted by the devil during this whole time, and we get a snapshot of their interchange when the forty days are over. This year I […]

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January 17, 2016

Jesus Died for a Drunk World

Jesus Died for a Drunk World

I’m going to start with a church joke that someone sent me that will make you groan, so I apologize in advance. But it does have something to do with the gospel text this morning, so here we go. A minister was completing a temperance sermon. With great emphasis he said, ‘If I had all […]

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January 10, 2016

Rules Can’t Shed Tears

Rules Can't Shed Tears

In the Wall Street Journal last Sunday, there was a review of a new book called “The Triumph of Faith” by Rodney Stark. The basic premise of the book is that religion is on the rise worldwide. The one anomaly is Europe, where grand cathedrals now sit empty. But, the empty churches don’t necessarily translate […]

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December 24, 2015

Christmas Happens to You

Christmas Happens to You

We’re here tonight to celebrate something that happened a long, long time ago, but not in a galaxy far, far away. The first Christmas happened in this galaxy, on this planet, in real time, in a real place, among real people. Christmas happened when Augustus was the Emperor of Rome, and Quirinius was the Governor […]

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