Charles Hoffacker

The Rev. Charles Hoffacker lives in Greenbelt, Maryland, with his wife, Helena Mirtova. He is the author of A Matter of Life and Death: Preaching at Funerals from Cowley Publications. Many of his sermons appear on

Sermons and Bible Studies

Talking to the Salt, Epiphany 5 (A) – February 5, 2023

February 05, 2023

[RCL] Isaiah 50:1-9a, (9b-12); Psalm 112:1-9, (10); 1 Corinthians 2:1-12, (13-16); Matthew 5:13-20 The celebrated Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wrote many odes. An ode, you will recall, is a poem […]

Johnny Appleseed Christianity, Epiphany 1 (A) – January 8, 2023

January 08, 2023

[RCL] Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17 The Epiphany Season is a time in the church year when we focus on many epiphanies, shinings forth of the glory […]

An Alternative Consciousness, Proper 10 (C) – 2022

July 10, 2022

[RCL] Amos 7:7-17; Psalm 82; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37 Flashing through the Bible and beyond is a lightning bolt known as prophetic ministry. What prophetic ministry does, according to Bible […]

Time, Easter 5 (C) – 2022

May 15, 2022

[RCL] Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35 Our services for the Easter Season this year feature readings from the Revelation to John, the last book of the Bible […]

Jesus’ Mission Statement, Epiphany 3 (C) – 2022

January 23, 2022

[RCL] Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21 Today’s gospel presents us with Jesus’ first act of public ministry, described for us in Luke’s gospel. Following […]

Risks We Can Take, Proper 21 (B) – 2021

September 26, 2021

[RCL] Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Psalm 124; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50 The theme of God’s people struggling to survive in a sophisticated, alien culture appears throughout the Bible, especially in […]

Takers or Givers, Proper 12 (B) – 2021

July 25, 2021

RCL: [RCL] 2 Samuel 11:1-1; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21 The penultimate paragraph of this sermon, which appears in brackets below, may be omitted at services where Holy Communion […]

Have You Been Transfigured?, Pentecost 23 (A) – November 8, 2020

November 08, 2020

[RCL] Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25; Psalm 78:1-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13 Today, let’s explore the problem known as burnout and the hope we call “transfiguration”. In the name of God: […]

The Economics of God, Pentecost 16 (A) – September 20, 2020

September 20, 2020

[RCL] Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16 The economics of God are not like our human economics. Time after time, we humans just do not get the […]

How Joseph Became a Gift-Giving Man, Epiphany 7 (C) – 2019

February 25, 2019

Today let’s look at one of the major stories in the Old Testament, and consider how its principal character, whose name is Joseph, changes from a man full of himself […]

Enough to Raise the Dead, Proper 14 (B) – 2018

August 12, 2018

Travel to the city of Rome and go to the basilica named for St. Peter. Near the main entrance, you will find one of the most celebrated sculptures in the […]

This Sacred Discontinuity, Day of Pentecost (B) – 2018

May 20, 2018

The Bible and the church year commemorate many moments of grace. One of these moments of grace is what we celebrate here on this day of Pentecost: how the Holy […]

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