Christ Church Sermons by The Rev. Dr. Richard Miles

Christ Church Sermons by The Rev. Dr. Richard Miles

Light Reflected

Do you ever experience being afraid of the dark? I know that I occasionally do; especially after watching a scary movie. (Have you ever noticed that those are nearly always staged at night?) What makes the dark so scary? The lack of light, obviously; without light it’s hard to set our feet or place our hands anywhere safely. Without light we can’t tell who or what might be out there in the dark. We don’t want to walk in the…

Baptism of Our Lord: On Building an Ark

In the past five to seven years, Arks have been popping up all around the world. As in Noah’s Ark. In reading the 29th Psalm this morning, it just might seem like a good idea to build an Ark ourselves. The Psalmist speaks of “mighty waters” that can drench, drown, and destroy us, where “the flood sweeps over” us. But the Psalmist is speaking here of how life itself can send metaphorical floods to drown us emotionally, spiritually, and mentally,…

Herod The Prophet

Herod! A Prophet?!? If you know anything about King Herod, then you know that he is remembered for and as many things; most of them not very flattering.  Being a Prophet is not usually one of those things. But, in our Gospel lesson this morning, Herod does in fact say something so prophetic, that if we miss it, we will miss the Savior too. Come and find out what Herod the Prophet says this morning that will change our New…

Can Anything Good Come to Nazareth?

Here’s a big word: Incarnation. It’s one of those words that needs repeated explaining, especially since we tend to only mention it at Christmas each year. In short, it’s about God becoming human and living among us in Jesus. It’s kind of a shock to the mind to just think about what that means. But, that doesn’t stop John in our Gospel lesson this morning from opening his Gospel account with this very thought. But, as we will find out,…

Kringling

Do you want to make a big difference in someone’s life this Christmas? How about a difference in the world? You can, and you can do it easily; if you take up the spiritual discipline of “Kringling.” Here’s how you can do it, and here’s the difference it can make when you do.

Be Prepared!

He’s coming! That’s what the word advent means: a coming. But this advent isn’t about just anyone’s coming. It’s about God’s coming; coming to us. Today begins the Holy season of Advent; a time to get ourselves ready for God’s arrival among us in the form of a baby; Jesus. There’s only one thing to do now: get ready. Be Prepared!

Thanksgiving Day: Reasons for the Season

There are countless reasons for giving thanks on Thanksgiving Day. The Apostle Paul, however, only lists six in our passage from his letter to the Colossians. In each one, though, we see how God’s presence has caused a difference in the living of our lives; real reasons for this season. I only preach on two of these. So, this sermon is considerably shorter than most, and is yet another reason for thankfulness.

No Place

What would Utopia look like to you? Would it be a place of endless recreation, or learning, or perhaps, simply a place where everyone gets along and everybody cares about every other persons’ happiness? There are as many ideas of Utopia as there are human beings to imagine it. The Prophet Isaiah lays out a vision for Utopia this morning, but in this case it’s not his vision, but God’s vision. As such, this vision has real power to heal…