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

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 […]

Wait. Pray., Ascension Day – 2018

May 10, 2018

Today’s first reading and gospel form an unusual pair.  They both come from the two-volume work attributed to Luke the Evangelist.  One is from the end of the first volume, the book […]

Corpses in the Corridor, Proper 19 (A) 2017

September 17, 2017

As you heard today’s gospel, did it make you uncomfortable, so that you shifted your weight from one foot to another, or perhaps gazed awkwardly into space?That parable Jesus tells […]

Give Alms! Ash Wednesday – 2017

March 01, 2017

On this day, may we consider together just what sort of gift we ask for when we pray in the Collect for “new and contrite hearts.” Just what sort of […]

Passionate Spirituality, Proper 11 (C) – 2016

July 17, 2016

It’s a brief story, and Jesus delivers the punch line: “Martha, Martha,” he tells his hostess. “You are worried and distracted about many things; there is need of only one […]

Becoming a Place of Resurrection, Ash Wednesday – 2016

February 10, 2016

Jesus warns us to practice our piety in secret. We are not to give alms, to pray, or to fast in a way that plays to an audience of other people. Instead, […]

Hearts of Flesh, Proper 22 (B) – 2015

October 04, 2015

Today’s gospel leaves many of us uncomfortable for one reason or another.  It doesn’t come across as good news. First, we have what sounds for all the world like Jesus’ […]

Welcome His Folly into Our Lives, Palm Sunday (B) – 2015

March 29, 2015

The story just proclaimed presents Jesus as mocked three times, by three different groups: first, the religious authorities; then the secular authorities; and finally, the ordinary people, the crowd. These […]

Zigs and Zags, Christmas 2 – 2015

January 04, 2015

The start of this new year invites us to take out the map of our life and look at it carefully. This is a time to recognize where we have […]

The Perfect Christmas and the Real Christmas, Christmas Day (II) – 2014

December 26, 2014

Crossing the minds of almost everyone around this time of year is the fantasy of the perfect Christmas. This fantasy appears in many versions, but a standard one goes something […]

Trust, Not Fear, Proper 28 (A) – 2014

November 16, 2014

Today we should remember something that all of us sometimes forget – that what God requires of us is not success, but faithfulness. The gospel we just heard is known […]

Can You Keep A Secret?, Proper 16 (A) – 2014

August 24, 2014

Ask a group of people to keep a secret, and you’re looking for trouble. More than likely, somebody will let it out. Especially if the secret is astonishing. Simon Peter […]

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