Sermons & Series

Lent
March 22, 2015

Losers

Losers

I did something that I have never done before—entered the Sweet 16 Bracket pool for staff. I used the same system that I use to pick racehorses and unknown political candidates. This is the system: if I have heard of the name or just like the sound of the name, that’s my pick. Even better […]

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March 15, 2015

The Wider Blessing Is the Truest

The Wider Blessing Is the Truest

George Eliot’s Middlemarch, published in 1872, is one of the great novels of our time. Virginia Woolf called it “a magnificent book which for all its imperfections is one of the few English novels written for grown-up people.”  I think Eliot’s rapier insight into human nature is close to Shakespeare’s or Faulkner’s. The central characters […]

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March 8, 2015

House of Cards and the Power of God

House of Cards and the Power of God

I’m going to preach this morning on one line from St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. It is a verse that describes a tension addressed in various ways in scripture: living by the flesh vs. spirit, living in the world but not of the world, walking by faith rather than sight. We experience life […]

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March 1, 2015

The Tyranny of the Scoreboard

The Tyranny of the Scoreboard

Preached the Second Sunday of Lent, March 1, 2015, at Christ Episcopal Church, Charlottesville, VA. To read about the U-Bend of Happiness and “The Real Roots of Mid-life Crisis”, click here. For the David Brooks’ editorial about Brian Williams mentioned in the sermon, click here.

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February 22, 2015

Peter’s Pastoral Message

Peter's Pastoral Message

Preached during the First Sunday of Lent, Christ Episcopal Church, Charlottesville, VA. February 22, 2015.

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