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

What Do Today’s Business Leaders…, Proper 20 (B) – 2006

September 24, 2006

What do today’s business leaders and the child that Jesus picks up have in common? Let’s consider this question, in the name of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. […]

One of My Favorite…, Proper 11 (B) – 2006

July 23, 2006

One of my favorite Old Testament stories is about Naaman, the Syrian army commander. Naaman is a very important guy. I picture him dressed in an impressive uniform, riding in […]

Maybe You Saw the Movie…, Proper 8 (B) – 2006

July 02, 2006

Maybe you saw the movie “The Godfather, Part II.” In that film, the Mafia godfather, Don Corleone, goes to Rome to negotiate a business deal with the Vatican. He is […]

Today’s Gospel Recounts…, Epiphany 4 (B) – 2006

January 29, 2006

Today’s Gospel recounts an outstanding educational experience. The people of the Capernaum synagogue find that they have run right smack into the truth. Their encounter with Jesus leaves them awestruck. […]

Christ Winks at Us, Advent 1 (B) – 2005

November 27, 2005

There’s an interesting quote—from an unexpected source—that applies to this First Day of Advent, from a book you may have read to your children or grandchildren, or that you may […]

The Coin That God Wants, Proper 24 (A) – 2005

October 16, 2005

Look at coins from Britain, Canada, and some other Commonwealth countries, and you will see on one side a portrait of the British sovereign surrounded by an inscription. This design […]

An Unexpected Encounter, Palm Sunday (A) – 2005

March 20, 2005

Let’s turn our attention to one of the minor characters in the Passion story. He remains speechless, and appears in only one verse. Yet this character is one of the […]

It’s Time to Clean House, Advent 2 (A) – 2004

December 05, 2004

Today may we consider what it means to find springtime in December. In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In many parts of the country, late fall […]

The Voice of the Widow, Proper 24 (C) – 2004

October 17, 2004

Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn spent many years in the prison camps of Siberia. Along with other prisoners, he worked in the fields […]

The Rhythm Of the Trinity, Trinity Sunday (C) – 2004

June 06, 2004

Today we find ourselves at a midway point in our travel through the Christian Year. Since Advent, our focus has been largely on major events in the story of Jesus: […]

He Rose out of Obscurity, Easter Day (C) – 2004

April 11, 2004

He rose out of obscurity and made a tremendous impact on his nation. Crowds of people gathered wherever he was, fascinated by him. The authorities felt threatened; it seemed like […]

The Burning Bushes In Your Life, Lent 3 (C) – 2004

March 14, 2004

It’s what people call “the good life” — a steady job, a comfortable home, loving friends and family. Moses has it all once he settles down in Midian. The years […]

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