Category: Sermons

Coffee and the Spirit (and other gifts of God): A Homily for Pentecost

If you’ve been around me for any length of time, chances are you’ve seen me with a cup of coffee, or I’ve invited you out for coffee, or you’ve heard me express a need for coffee. Coffee occupies a pretty central place in my life.  The first time I was ever asked to chaplain a […]

If you’ve been around me for any length of time, chances are you’ve seen me with a cup of coffee, or I’ve invited you out for coffee, or you’ve heard me express a need for coffee. Coffee occupies a pretty central place in my life.  The first time I was ever asked to...

Not One Thing: A Homily on the Ethiopian Eunuch and Being Both Comfortable and Afflicted

At first glance, he had it all.  But none of it made sense upon closer inspection. It was like someone had put a puzzle together with their eyes closed. The first thing Philip noticed was the fine chariot, driven by a servant and pulled by regal horses fit for an emperor. It certainly made a […]

At first glance, he had it all.  But none of it made sense upon closer inspection. It was like someone had put a puzzle together with their eyes closed. The first thing Philip noticed was the fine chariot, driven by a servant and pulled by regal horses fit for an...

Eulogy for Christoph Herpel

We have had several requests for a copy of the eulogy for Christoph Herpel by his husband, Dr. Joshua Farrier. Below is the full text courtesy of Dr. Farrier.  Christoph Herpel Eulogy —Dr. Joshua Farrier Christoph Herpel was born on the 25th of April, 1975 in Jugenheim, Germany. He died on the 13th of March, […]

We have had several requests for a copy of the eulogy for Christoph Herpel by his husband, Dr. Joshua Farrier. Below is the full text courtesy of Dr. Farrier.  Christoph Herpel Eulogy —Dr. Joshua Farrier Christoph Herpel was born on the 25th of April, 1975 in...

For Thine is the Trouble and the Glory: A Sermon for Lent 5B

Each and every Sunday in the Lord’s Prayer we add a concluding line that actually isn’t part of the prayer our Lord taught in the Gospels. “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.” That short concluding doxology is a later addition, not a quote from Jesus, and it’s […]

Each and every Sunday in the Lord’s Prayer we add a concluding line that actually isn’t part of the prayer our Lord taught in the Gospels. “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.” That short concluding doxology is a later addition,...
Stumbling to Faithfulness to the Cross: A Sermon for the Third Sunday of Lent

Stumbling to Faithfulness to the Cross: A Sermon for the Third Sunday of Lent

The oldest image of the crucifixion of Jesus is not one of worship or honor or veneration but rather one of scorn shame and derision it’s a small piece of graffiti, crudely scratched into a wall of an imperial school for slaves near the center of ancient Rome dating around the year 200. It depicts […]

The oldest image of the crucifixion of Jesus is not one of worship or honor or veneration but rather one of scorn shame and derision it’s a small piece of graffiti, crudely scratched into a wall of an imperial school for slaves near the center of ancient Rome...
The Consolation of the Transfiguration … and Slippers: A Homily for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany

The Consolation of the Transfiguration … and Slippers: A Homily for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany

Preached at St. James by the Rev. David Henson on Feb. 11, 2024 Something happened when I turned 43 this past week. It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I suppose it’s the kind of thing that happens with age. You see, for my 43rd birthday, I got really into slippers. And not just any […]

Preached at St. James by the Rev. David Henson on Feb. 11, 2024 Something happened when I turned 43 this past week. It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I suppose it’s the kind of thing that happens with age. You see, for my 43rd birthday, I got really into...