Dynamic Downtown Worship in the Anglican Tradition

Sermons by The Rev. David Booman

The Slippery Slope of Sin

1 Kings 11 is one of the greatest whiplash chapters in the Bible. It goes from the high point of Solomon’s majestic reign (quite possibly the high point in all of the Old Testament),to the beginning of the end of the kingdom of Israel. What happens?  Today we will look at the slippery slope that…

How to Fight Giants

We all have giants in our lives, formidable challenges that seem insurmountable. What challenges are you too scared to confront? What obstacles leave you a’trembling? And yet, when we resign ourselves to the fear and make peace with the status quo, we miss out on the promised land the Lord is calling us to, the…

Weeping with Rachel

After the wise men leave Bethlehem, we come to one of the most tragic episodes in scripture, Herod’s massacre of the children. It is an unthinkable scene, one we might want to skip over, and yet it shapes our Lord’s early years in a dramatic way, driving the holy family into Egypt. Furthermore, it also…

Glory in a Manger

Sermon preached Christmas morning, December 25, 2018 It is a night of contrasts: emperors and peasants, shepherds and angels, heavenly glory and the smell of hay. What does God mean by associating such unlikely things? What is He saying? Today with Mary we ponder in our hearts the meaning of Christmas.   

The Song of Songs

Sermon preached in the Chapel and at 6pm on Dec 23, 2018 Who would have thought that the greatest song ever sung would be sung by a Jewish peasant girl? Today we will listen with fresh ears to Mary’s extraordinary cry of surrender and praise. What would it mean if we could join in with…

Wrestling with God

A man on the run encounters God, wrestles with Him, and lives to tell the tale. Remarkably, Jacob walks away not only with a busted hip but with a  divine blessing. What does this mean for us in the ways we also wrestle with God? How may we be broken and how may we be…

The Gifts of God for the People of God

We cannot give until we have first received.  We cannot bless others until we first receive for ourselves God’s blessing. However for many of us it’s as if we leave our Christmas presents under the tree, unopened. We don’t experience God’s blessings personally, and thus are unable to share them with others. This Sunday we’ll…

When the Kingdom Draws Near

When Jesus calls us to mission, what should we expect? What’s His mission and what are our marching orders? Today in Luke 10 we’ll explore the ways of the kingdom. And if you’ve ever thought Christianity is boring – buckle your seatbelts. We’ve got wolves and lightning, demons and scorpions, and the unconquerable power of…

When God Doesn’t Answer

  We know that God answers prayer…except when he doesn’t. We don’t like to think about it, but what are we to make of those times when God is silent, when our prayers are apparently unheeded? Our passage from Isaiah is one of the most disquieting passages in Scripture, yet it provides us with some…

The Power of Powerlessness

What do we do when we’re in a rut? When we’re stuck, confused, and the walls are closing in? The prophet Isaiah speaks to a people who are in such a rut, struggling with the calamity of the Exile and wondering how to respond. Remarkably, we find that simply trying to climb out of the…