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After the Terror and Amazement

An Easter Sermon from Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Mark 16:1-8 Christ is Risen! Hallelujah! Let’s flee in terror and amazement, saying nothing to anyone because we are afraid! Hallelujah! Wait? What? That’s not how it is supposed to go. Mark’s account of Easter morning is noticeably different than the other 3 gospels. Jesus…

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Dying of the Light

A Good Friday Meditation from worship with Southminster and First Presbyterian Churches John 18:1-40 John 19:1-42 Last night, we heard of the new commandment Jesus gave to his disciples as he fed them and washed their feet as a servant would. “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I…

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J J’s Fight Club: All About Hope

My college classmate, J J Baskin, died this past week, after a year long battle with cancer. A beautiful tribute to his remarkable 48 years  can be found here.  When he was first diagnosed, I wrote about it here. In life, in sickness, in death, J J was always showing us how to care for…

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Boycott?

Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence signed a law this week for “Religious Freedom Restoration”. On the surface, this is presumably to protect people’s religious expression. Of course, there are no instances to be cited where religious expression has been threatened in this country. There are plenty of illustrations of where people are legally being allowed to…