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The “costs” of Discrimination

One of our news channels today aired this story about the cost of the Add the Words demonstrations at the Idaho Capitol this session. http://www.ktvb.com/news/capitol-watch/Police-protesters-talk-about-the-cost-of-Add-the-4-Words-protests-248917111.html And the dollars are real. Apparently it has cost the state $19,000 dollars to arrest over 100 unarmed and non-violent citizens who were standing at the capitol hoping their elected…

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Breaking Our Hearts, Together

An Ash Wednesday Meditation from Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. March 5, 2014 Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Cor 5:20b-6:10 Blow the trumpet in Zion! Sound the alarm on my holy mountain! Are you paying attention? The prophet Joel wants to make sure he has your attention. Traditionally, it wouldn’t have been a trumpet, but…

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Transfigured Touch

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho on March 2, 2014 Exodus 24:12-18 Matthew 17:1-9 Did you notice any similarities between the text from Exodus about Moses and Matthew’s story of the Transfiguration? I hope you did. And the author of Matthew’s gospel certainly hopes you did. Matthew, if you recall, tends…

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Praying for Perfection

A  sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho and Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Caldwell, Idaho February 23, 2014 Matthew 5:38-48 “There are six hundred passages of explicit violence in the Hebrew Bible, one thousand verses where God’s own violent actions of punishment are described, a hundred passages where Yahweh expressly commands…