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Pre-Election Thoughts for Post-Election Living

Tuesday. It’s almost here.  Nobody knows the outcome yet, no matter how compulsively we check 538. I know it has been a stressful,  bizarre and seemingly endless election season. It has revealed our sins (particularly racism, bigotry, and sexism) in ways that feel new but we know they’ve been there all along. We must attend to those wounds,…

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Ninevite Lives Matter

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho November 6, 2016 Jonah 1:1-17; 3:1-10; 4:1-11 We humans often have a bad habit of “othering” people. By that, I mean we look at someone’s life that seems very different than our own, and we place them in some category at a remove from our…

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Build a House

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church October 23, 2016 2 Samuel 7:1-17 Since our last episode, when Hannah was singing praise to God as she left her toddler Samuel in the temple, a few things have happened. Samuel grew up and became a great priest. “The Lord was with him and let none of…