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Open Hearts

An Ash Wednesday Meditation from Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 I’m struck by the contrast in these two texts. Joel commands them to blow the trumpet and gather the people to weep and fast. Publicly. Loudly. Jesus, in Matthew’s gospel warns people against blowing trumpets and practicing piety…

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The Problem with Exceptionalism

Lawmakers in Oklahoma are seemingly in the process of enthusiastically banning Advanced Placement US History classes in Oklahoma schools because they don’t teach American “exceptionalism”. As reported in the Tulsa World: “Rep. Dan Fisher, who has been active in a church-and-state organization called the Black Robe Regiment, said the AP U.S. history course framework emphasizes…

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Transfiguration 2015

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. Feb 15, 2015 Mark 9:2-9 Today is Transfiguration Sunday. Each year, before we enter the Season of Lent, we spend some time looking at the texts of Jesus’ transfiguration—when he takes a few of his disciples and goes up on the mountainside. Matthew, Mark, and…

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Reluctant Pen Pal

I haven’t written about my birth family discoveries lately. Partly because the Christmas season is a bit busy in my profession. Also because there hasn’t been much news. I’m totally fine with this being a slow process. I’m still in touch with my family members on my birth father’s side, and I was able to…

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Immediately

Mark 1:21-28 Deut 18:15-20 A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Feb 1, 2015 There’s a word that the author of Mark’s gospel uses over and over again—immediately. English translators, in an effort to make his language easier on our ears, often leave it out. As they do in this passage. But,…

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Miracle Denied

Today the House State Affairs committee voted, on a straight party line vote, to keep the Add the Words Bill from progressing to the full house for debate. It should not have come as a surprise, I suppose. But as I kept listening to the 21 hours of testimony, it was clear that the voices…