Sermons & Series

Paul N. Walker
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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December 10, 2015

A Sermon for Chris Lee

A Sermon for Chris Lee

This sermon was preached at the funeral of Chris Lee at St. Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville.  When Jesus says, “let not your hearts be troubled, believe in God; believe also in me,” He clearly means it as a word of comfort. And comfort is clearly what we need today as we gather here to […]

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December 6, 2015

Jesus Wields the Sword

Jesus Wields the Sword

I was with a retired clergyman this past week. He talked about finding a book that his mother had given him for his college graduation 50 years ago. It was called “Peace of Mind”. He found it when he was cleaning out some shelves and realized that he had never read the book his mother […]

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November 26, 2015

Thank You, Adele?

Thank You, Adele?

Thanksgiving Day! I’m so glad that you have come to give thanks to God on this day of giving thanks. Many people have plenty else to do, since Thanksgiving has become a day of gathering and eating and drinking. Planning what to eat and drink, shopping for what to eat and drink, inviting and counting […]

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November 15, 2015

All Is Forgiven

All Is Forgiven

In an interview on TV a few years ago, U2 lead singer Bono was asked about his Christian faith. The interviewer was trying to make it sound like Bono was just being counter cultural by openly professing his belief in Jesus Christ. But Bono simply answered that “Other people can believe what they want; I […]

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November 1, 2015

Step Up, Jesus!

Step Up, Jesus!

Welcome to All Saint’s Day, one of the most hopeful days of the year. I love this day because it sneaks in without any of the commercial trappings and anxieties of Christmas or Easter, but still packs a powerful theological punch. It is a day when the sea of troubles, ending in the annihilation of […]

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October 11, 2015

Money and Love

Money and Love

My friend George sent me his list of “Top 10 Biblical Also-Rans” – characters in the bible who seem to get short shrift. I’ve got to agree with him about Ananias and Sapphira, the couple in the book of Acts that gets a major comeuppance for not being transparent with their finances with the church […]

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