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What We Carry

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho March 1, 2015 Mark 8:31-37 Before our story you heard this morning, Jesus has just asked his disciples “who do people say that I am?” And then he asks them,  “who do you say that I am?” And right after this passage, Jesus is transfigured…

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Being Podcasted

One of my good friends, Rocky Supinger, has a podcast, in which he talks to people about the things they do that are interesting to him. The link to the podcast is here. We talked about my political advocacy and how that fits with my pastoral call. We talked about my experience meeting President Reagan…

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Looking for Land

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church at Sabbath Worship on Feb 21, 2015 Genesis 7:6-24 Genesis 8:6-12 Genesis: 9:8-17 I’ve always found it interesting how we like to put the story of Noah in children’s nurseries and on the cover of children’s bibles. Yes, there are pairs of animals and rainbows in the story.…

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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…