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“He could do nothing”

Last night in worship, we read through Matthew’s account of the Last Supper, Betrayal, Arrest, Trial, and Crucifixion of Jesus. Matthew’s description (in chapter 27) of Pilate’s response to Jesus stayed with me: So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed…

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Triumph and Turmoil

A Palm Sunday sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho on April 13, 2014. Matthew 21:1-11 I don’t think in terms of theater, most days. I don’t read a Bible story and wonder how I would stage it. Would the characters enter from stage left or right? Where are the spotlights? Those aren’t…

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Reflection from Auschwitz

I’ll be speaking more about this on Sunday in worship, but wanted to share the video a friend took while we were touring the Birkenau Concentration Camp. It was one of those moments where I was thankful to be at the right place at the right time. If anyone knows what they are singing, I…

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Born Again Again

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church on March 17, 2014 John 3:1-17 Gen 12:1-4a Nicodemus might be the first Presbyterian. He’s a good guy. He loves Jesus, he just doesn’t want to be too public about his faith, in case he might offend someone. He wants to be a good person and serve his…

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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…