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David Peters

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David W. Peters is the author of Death Letter: God, Sex, and War (Tactical 16) and Post-Traumatic God: How the Church Cares for People Who Have Been to Hell and Back (Church Publishing). He currently serves as the Vicar of the Pflugerville, Texas, Church Plant in the Diocese of Texas. Find him on Twitter @dvdpeters.

Sermons and Bible Studies

Bible Study: Proper 18 (A) – 2020

September 06, 2020

Exodus 12:1-14 Not only are there cooking directions, there’s even a dress code and disposal instructions. Sandals on, loins girded and a staff in hand – seems like an easy enough outfit to throw together. All the leftovers needing to be burned is also a cinch, since that’s what will happen if I’m roasting anything over a fire. […]

Becoming Children Again, Christmas Day (I) – December 25, 2019

December 25, 2019

Download our 2019 compilation of Advent and Christmas sermons here. [RCL]: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14(15-20) Christmas is always better with children around. There is something in their excitement, their wonder, their anticipation for treats and presents that brings as much joy to the giver as to the recipient. As the old […]

Freedom, Proper 8 (C) – 2019

June 30, 2019

[RCL]: 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14; Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20; Galatians 5:1,13-25; Luke 9:51-62 It may surprise us that the word “freedom” is not once found in our Declaration of Independence, the document that launched a new nation on July 4, 1776. Instead of “freedom,” the Declaration highlighted “liberty,” along with “life” and the “pursuit of happiness,” […]

Stars, Feast of the Epiphany – 2019

January 07, 2019

Long before telescopes and computers, people named the stars and charted their long journeys through the heavens. These early stargazers noticed patterns and consistency in their movements. Perhaps we can imagine they felt the stars were part of a greater story, and that the stars had the power to influence events on earth. Early books […]

Touch, Epiphany 5 (B) – 2018

February 04, 2018

In the 1st Century world of Jesus, sick people only had a few options. The first thing they could do was try a folk remedy. These varied from sensible potions and poultices to downright dangerous “fixes.” Many folk remedies are still practiced today in the industrialized world and most are completely ineffective, especially with serious […]

Arrested, Epiphany 3 (B) – 2018

January 21, 2018

“After John was arrested.” This line should arrest us where we stand. John’s arrest happens just moments after John the Baptizer baptizes Jesus in the Jordan River and Jesus is driven into the wilderness to be tested by the Devil. And then John is arrested. Arrested. He’s stopped in his tracks. That’s what the word […]

Bible Study: Proper 18 (A) – 2017

September 10, 2017

Exodus 12:1-14 Not only are there cooking directions, there’s even a dress code and disposal instructions. Sandals on, loins girded and a staff in hand – seems like an easy enough outfit to throw together. All the leftovers needing to be burned is also a cinch, since that’s what will happen if I’m roasting anything over a fire. […]

Leaks, Proper 16 (A) 2017

August 27, 2017

[RCL] Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 124; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20 “You promise you won’t tell anyone?” is usually the preface of a juicy story. It means someone trusts us, wants to confide in us, thinks we can keep a secret, or at least thinks we will only leak it out to one person at a time. […]

Bible Study: Easter Day (A) – 2017

April 17, 2017

Acts 10:34-43 Imagine a science-fiction scenario for Easter 2017. All the pulpits of Christendom become ‘Time and Space portals.’ The preachers who step into all the pulpits around the world on this particular Easter morning are immediately shuffled to another pulpit in Christendom. A priest is Minneapolis suddenly finds herself in the pulpit of a […]

Bible Study: Proper 21 (C) – 2016

September 26, 2016

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 In our passage today, we hear about a besieged city. Jeremiah is told by God to buy land. He buys it for 30 pieces of silver, a hefty sum that is echoed later in the story of Judas’ death. If the three most important things in real estate are location, location, and […]

Bible Study: Palm Sunday (C) – 2016

March 20, 2016

Isaiah 50:4-9a Isaiah is the most-quoted Old Testament book in the New Testament. Its stirring speeches about judgment, exile, and restoration captured the imagination of people during Jesus’ day. Jesus read from the scroll of Isaiah in the synagogue, declaring he was fulfilling it. Gospel writers noted that he set his face “like a flint” […]

Bible Study: Proper 23 (B) – 2015

October 11, 2015

Job 23:1-9, 16-17 There are two kinds of good love songs. The happy ones that make me spin around with the joy of new love and the sad ones that take me down to the pit of despair. There are very few in between. The song that Job sings in his despair to us takes […]

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