Sermons & Series

Hope
February 25, 2018

Life Changing Magic

Life Changing Magic

It’s Lent, and do I have a little confession to make. I think I have cabin fever because I want to tip my house on its side and dump out everything inside. There seem to be piles of junk everywhere. I start to ask myself, what could I live without? Just about everything. This includes […]

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August 13, 2017

Jesus Comes Aboard the Ship of Fools

Jesus Comes Aboard the Ship of Fools

I’m grateful to see you all here this morning. I know that some have stayed away from downtown, fearing lingering violence. Yesterday was a terrible day for Charlottesville. I hope I will be able to deliver a message of hope and comfort. You probably assume that you are sitting in the sanctuary of Christ Church, […]

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June 11, 2017

A Void Is Never A Void

A Void Is Never A Void

To listen to the Robert Davis story, click here. Just in time for summer I’ve started reading a book by Dan White called Under the Stars: How America Fell In Love with Camping. Maybe this says something about me before I say anything at all: that I am the type of person to read a […]

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January 1, 2017

New Year, New Me

New Year, New Me

It’s an honor to get to speak to you this morning. Happy New Year! It’s 2017! It’s nice to say that. Isn’t that nice to hear? No matter what last year was like for you, you’re probably ready for a new start. It seems like all we’ve been talking about is how awful 2016 was 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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September 25, 2016

The Great Chasm

The Great Chasm

Where is the gulf in your life? A place of hopelessness?  A chasm that seems like the grand canyon, two wide and expansive to ever be solved or crossed?  Feelings of pain, un-comfortableness fill this place. We have two reactions to these gulfs- We deny it. We hide from it. We take a different way […]

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April 17, 2016

Jesus vs. Alfred Hitchcock

Jesus vs. Alfred Hitchcock

First off, I’d like to thank you for not bolting for the doors. While this is the first sermon I’ve ever given, it’s a scary experience for me, but it might be even scarier for you. So thank you for remaining in your seats! That said, I’d like to talk about Alfred Hitchcock, the 20th-century director. […]

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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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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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