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...

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...

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,...

Love Builds a House: A Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Epiphany

Preached at St. James by the Rev. David Henson on Jan. 29, 2024 Who remembers those little “all-in-one” hermetically sealed, totally sanitary packages of bread and wine we used for so long during the pandemic? They were like cruel and frustrating tests of manual...

The Parable of the Dishonest Steward, by The Rev. David Henson

“And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth.” In Return of the Jedi, after it’s announced that Lando Calrissian will lead an attack on the terrifying enemy battlestation ominously called the Death Star, Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford,...

What Unites Humanity?, by The Rev. David Henson

If Jesus comes not to bring peace but division, then what is it that implicitly unites us as a species? What is the unspoken unity that Christ’s division rightfully disrupts? What unites humanity, but unites it wrongly? As I’ve pondered the division Jesus seeks to...

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