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A Sermon for Every Season

Jesus, the same ... yesterday, today and forever.
Who is this man whom many call the Savior of the World?

The Lord Is My Shepherd: The 23rd Psalm for Today
In this time between war and peace, between birth and death, between the people we are and those we'd like to become, I can think of no better map for navigating the difficult passages of life than the 23rd Psalm.  It marks a passage through time, not just for each of us personally, but for entire communities and nations.

Running With The Wind
Long distance running as spiritual practice

The Meaning of Forgiveness in a World of War
Interpreting the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant in a post 9/11 context

We Would See Jesus
From the time of Christ forward until this very day, people of great faith, and even many with none, have harbored an intense curiosity about Jesus of Nazareth. Many have wondered what we can know about him, even what he looked like. So what, in fact, can we know about the man many understand to be the Son of God?

All Creatures Great and Small
Christianity is not about the salvation of anything as nebulous as "the human soul," it's about the repair and reconciliation of the whole creation. All creatures great and small have a part in God's plan and a place in God's kingdom.

When Nice Won't Suffice
When "Have a Nice Day," meets the double love commandment. Luke 10:27

The Holidays

Reformation Sunday

Picking Up Where Luther Let Us Down

Advent and Christmas

At Heaven's Gate
A meditation on the personal meaning of Advent.

The Christmas Story
As seen through the eyes of artist, Albrecht Durer, and we ourselves

They Tried to Outlaw Christmas
The contemporary meaning of Christmas.

Christmas is Wonderful, but is it Real?


Hitch Your Wagon To A Star
Epiphany: Is It A Yonder Star We Follow, or An Inner Light

Not About Me
A meditation for Epiphany by Kenneth Arnold


The Science of Repentance
Contemplating the contemporary meaning of repentance, a meditation for Lent or other season of penitence.

Palm Sunday and Holy Week

A State of Emergency
The one thing necessary for salvation


Courage for the Living of these Days

The Reality of Easter

Resurrection Stories

The Morning After
On April 15th our taxes are due, resurrection or not. Or, How to deal with post holiday depression.

Our God is Able
by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our version was rewritten by Charles Henderson to eliminate language and certain references that would make its content seem dated when, in fact, it is still most pertinent several decades after it was delivered.

Storm Stories
As we track yet another set of tropical storms across the weather map, even for those who do not find themselves in the path of a hurricane, the challenge is to find the inner resources required to face any of the major storms of life.

On Letting Go
Faith is not so much about obeying laws and rules, it's about liberation and letting go.

Escape From God
A sermon by Paul Tillich on Psalm 139. From the collection "The Shaking of the Foundations."

The Lengths and the Limits of Love
Is Christ's love ethic relevant in a time of war? Given that love is as much a part of the problem as a solution, I question the famous line from the love song: "All the world needs now is love, sweet love."

The Room Within
On that bright day so long ago Jesus was speaking directly to us when he said: "I will not leave you desolate. For on that day, you will know that I am in (God) and you are in me, and I am in you." I realize this may seem impossible. We are so accustomed to living in the absence of God that we cannot even imagine being that close to our Creator.

The Bird of Paradise: A Meditation on Immortality
"In my Father’s house there are many mansions," said Jesus. “If it were not so, I would not have told you that I go to prepare a place for you.” Unfortunately today, with our distrust of all leaders, and particularly religious leaders, it occurs to many that Jesus was flat out wrong about the possibility of eternal life. In fact, what he did say about immortality may surprise you.

Mother's Day

No Greater Love: A Meditation for Mother's Day

The Motherhood of God

A Vision of One's Own
A sermon on the Jacob's ladder narrative by Katharine R. Henderson.

Trinity Sunday / Memorial Day
A Theology Fit for a Picnic

Father's Day

The Fatherhood of God


The Holy Spirit: Powerful, Everpresent, But Poorly Understood

Is There Any Power in a Prayer?

4th of July

A Strange Freedom
What is it that Americans are fighting for in Iraq, celebrating on the 4th of July, and holding up at the "light of the world?" And what is the relationship between freedom and faith?

In Praise of Trivial Pursuits

You are the Temple
by Stephen C. Rose

Charles Henderson

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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and author of Faith, Science and the Future, published in 1994 by CrossCurrents Press. He is also the author of God and Science (John Knox / Westminster, 1986) which he is now rewriting to incorporate more recent developments in the conversation taking place between scientists and theologians. He has also written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, Commonweal, The Christian Century and others.

For further information about Charles Henderson.