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The Biblical Case to Add the Words

The Idaho House this week approved introducing a piece of legislation to add the words “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” to the Human Rights Codes. This means we will, after 9 years, finally get a hearing. This will allow people to share stories with legislators about the vital need to include these protections in the…

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Gifts of Baptism

A sermon preached on Baptism of the Lord Sunday at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho   January 11, 2015 Acts 19:1-7 Mark 1:9-13 This story in Acts reminds me of an unfortunate encounter I once had with people I love. These particular people don’t believe women should be preachers. Because you, the Presbyterian Church,…

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Last Year’s Words

In addition to the STAR words passed out in worship on Epiphany, this week I’ve drawn stars for over 150 people who have requested them on the blog or on facebook. It is a good spiritual practice for me. With each word I draw, I say a prayer for the person receiving it. Some of…

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Miracle

My STAR word for 2015 is MIRACLE. (You can read about our congregation’s tradition in a number of posts at the “STARward” tab at the top of this blog). Since we started passing out words on Epiphany, my words have been PRACTICE ADVENTURE PLEASURE and now MIRACLE I know it is a “churchy” word, describing…