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 New Gentiles, Christmas 2 – 2004

January 04, 2004

Where should we look to see the magi, the wise men, the Gentiles of today, the people perhaps different from us who are following the star to Jesus? May we […]

The Wedding Picture, All Saints’ Day (B) – 2003

November 02, 2003

Let’s consider a picture appropriate to this day, the feast of all the saints. In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One feature of modern weddings are […]

Amputating Our Resentments, Proper 21 (B) – 2003

September 28, 2003

Today let’s consider some of the hard sayings of Jesus, and where their real challenge lies. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Ask a […]

Tradition and Traditionalism, Proper 17 (B) – 2003

August 31, 2003

Sometimes when we hear the Bible in our own language, it’s helpful to translate it yet again into our time and place. Let’s do that today. In the name of […]

The Dream of the Table, Thanksgiving Day (A) – 2002

November 28, 2002

On this day, the people of our land all dream the same dream. From one end of the nation to the other, in the cities and in the suburbs, in […]

The Unexpected Harvest, Proper 22 (A) – 2002

October 06, 2002

Among the most powerful forces we experience in life are expectations. Some expectations come from other people. Parents, spouses, peers, bosses, friends, children, neighbors, customers, and plenty of others all […]

When the Moment of Crisis Comes, Advent 4 (A) – 2001

December 23, 2001

The simple truth is this: none of us avoids a crisis. All of us have trouble in the course of our lives. Someone may appear to be always on top […]

Waiting and Wonder, Advent 1 (A) – 2001

December 02, 2001

[RCL]: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44 Today we find ourselves on the opening day of Advent. Let’s take a look at the patterns of life that this […]

Word Made Flesh, Christmas Day (III) – 2001

December 25, 2001

Let this sermon begin with an invitation. Lift your hand in front of your face, and look at it. The reason your hand exists, from one moment to the next, […]

The Joy Known to God, Christmas Eve – 2001

December 24, 2001

Miss Manners would bury her head in shame! Miss Manners would hang her head in shame at the regrettable hospitality and gift-giving that appear in the Christmas story. Joseph returns […]

The Family Album, Proper 23 (C) – 2001

October 14, 2001

Today, let’s talk about family albums, including the one all of us share. In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. A prized possession for many families is […]

Entering the Unshakable Kingdom, Proper 16 (C) – 2001

August 26, 2001

Can you imagine what it’s like to experience an earthquake? I don’t mean a tremor that makes the china cabinet rattle — I mean an EARTHQUAKE that cracks streets, splits […]

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