Dynamic Downtown Worship in the Anglican Tradition

Sermons by The Rev. David Booman

Light in the Darkness

When we’re in a crisis like the Coronavirus and feeling overwhelmed, it often feels like the walls are closing in, like the light is growing dim, like there’s no way out. In today’s passages from Isaiah and Luke, this is the condition people find themselves in – darkness, confusion, and bondage.  Fortunately though, for God’s…

The Surprising Sign of the Last Days

We are familiar with wars and rumors of wars being the birth pains of the last days, with blood moons and falling stars heralding the end. But in the very last verses of the Old Testament, the prophet Malachi offers one surprising and encouraging prophesy about the end times. It is exceedingly practical and has everything to do with family dynamics. This…

Another Brick in the Wall

Disillusionment and abandoned dreams make the heart sick. We see this in Nehemiah as he hears of a ravaged Jerusalem. However, the Lord opens a surprising door to hope and restoration. Today, offer the Lord your own disappointments and hear of the grace he offers to the downhearted. This sermon was given on Sunday, March…

Rejoice Greatly!

Zechariah’s remarkable prophecy of a triumphant king mounted on a donkey has become so familiar that we can forget just how radical of an image this was. It would have been nearly unprecedented in the ancient world. And yet, it is just one of countless examples of the radical grace that makes the gospel unparalleled…

To Bear Another’s Burden

Today we once again celebrate Sanctity of Life Sunday. This is a Sunday where we look beyond our hysterical culture wars to what God himself says about human life – its beginning, its meaning, and its end. This morning we will explore the challenges of life when it is not easy to live, and where…

Can These Bones Live?

Ezekiel 37 records one of the most dramatic prophetic visions in all of the Bible, a valley full of human bones. Flowing from this vision it also records a remarkably challenging and incisive question from God, ‘Can these bones live?’ Today we will explore why God asks this unusual question, and what it means for…

An Urge to Purge

What does true repentance actually look like? Not theoretically, not theologically, but practically? The 1970 movie ‘Love Story’ offers a possible answer in its famous line, ‘Love means never having to say you’re sorry.’ If only it were so! Today we will explore God’s own recipe for making things right, looking to 2 Chronicles 34,…

American Idols

Why do bad things happen to good people? There’s often a mystery, but sometimes there’s not. Idolatry is one of the chief ways we demolish our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Tragically, we often don’t even realize what we’re doing. Today we will examine the ‘idol factory’ that is the human heart,…

The Whining Prophet

The prophet Jonah is a fascinating case study. With a flair for the dramatic he boldly says and does things that we often do only subtly and with some embarrassment. Today’s chapter is a case in point: Jonah stridently voices his displeasure with God’s grace, and in so doing reveals a common condition of the…

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…