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

The Big Surprise, Lent 3 (A) – 2014

March 23, 2014

The story we just heard about Jesus talking with a Samaritan woman at the well outside Sychar is a story full of surprises. The first surprise is that the conversation […]

The Name of Jesus On Our Lips, Holy Name Day – 2014

January 02, 2014

If we start with Christmas Day, December 25, and count eight days, we come to today, January 1. It is on the eighth day of Christmas that the church celebrates […]

Repeatedly Lost, Repeatedly Found, Proper 19 (C) – 2013

September 15, 2013

Jesus puts before his audience two stories of lost and found. In each case, the one who loses goes to extraordinary efforts to find what is lost. Having recovered it, […]

A Home to Long for, Easter 6 (C) – 2013

May 05, 2013

Today we come to what is, for practical purposes, the conclusion of the biblical story, the climax, the consummation, the finale. We hear from the last chapter of the last […]

Jesus’ Mission Statement, Epiphany 3 (C) – 2013

January 27, 2013

Today’s gospel presents us with Jesus’ first act of public ministry, described for us in Luke’s gospel. Following his river baptism and his long wilderness fast and temptation, Jesus returns […]

Goliath Moments, Proper 9 (B) – 2012

July 08, 2012

“David was 30 years old when he began to reign, and he reigned for forty years. … David occupied the stronghold, and named it the City of David. David built […]

A Run Through the Thorns, Proper 22 (B) – 2012

October 07, 2012

This morning, may we dare to run through the field of thorns and find the great treasure that awaits us there. In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy […]

The Greatest Show on Earth, The Great Vigil of Easter (B) – 2012

April 07, 2012

Welcome to the circus! Yes, that’s what I said: welcome to the circus. Tonight this place of worship becomes the big top, the circus, the greatest show on earth. For […]

We Are Welcome to Rest, Ash Wednesday – 2012

February 22, 2012

RCL: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 103 or 103:8-14; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Ask people how they’re doing, and often the answer begins with a single […]

The Royal Doors Open, Advent 3 (B) – 2011

December 11, 2011

Imagine the scene. You are downtown in one of the world’s great cities. You’re standing at the main entrance of a huge, opulent hotel, whose solid stone walls soar upward […]

Those Characters in the Parable…, Proper 22 (A) – 2011

October 02, 2011

Those characters in the parable we just heard – there’s something about them that’s hard to accept. The landowner responds to the abuse and murder of his slaves by sending […]

Today Let’s Picture the World…, Proper 12 (A) – 2011

July 24, 2011

Today let’s picture the world as an ungainly, promising mass of dough. In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The comedian comes out on stage, and starts […]

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