Dynamic Downtown Worship in the Anglican Tradition

Sermons by The Rev. David Booman

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…

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…