Proud to be Presbyterian

I’m currently in St Louis, attending the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), our biennial national meeting. The first GA I attended was 22 years ago in Albuquerque, where we were living at the time. My son Alden was a baby in a stroller at that assembly, and he was there with me…

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Waiting as Justice

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Saturday, June 9, 2018 Exodus 24:12-18, Exodus 31:12-18 Our story tonight begins where last week had begun, or maybe a different perspective of the same story. God calls Moses up the mountain, where he stays, surrounded by a cloud that looked like a devouring fire.…

Top 10 Ways to Improve Other People

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho June 3, 2018 Exodus 20:1-21 Last week, we were introduced to Moses, encountering God in a burning bush. His curiosity led to answering God’s call to lead God’s people out of slavery and into the Promised Land. We jumped over a lot of excitement, so…

The Curiosity of Call

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church on May 27, 2018 Exodus 3:1-17 Today we begin a sermon series about Moses. We will only hit some highlights (and a few lowlights). If you don’t know much about Moses, other than that he looked a lot like Charlton Heston, I hope it will inspire you to…

Empty

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. May 12, 2018 Philippians 2:1-13 As many of you know, I’ve been getting to know birth family the past 4 years. So much of it has been blessing upon blessing. And even the part that has been difficult has been better than the alternative of…

Searching and Stumbling

A sermon  preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church April 29, 2018 Acts 17:22-31 I love this story. I love the idea of people arguing over ideas, and debating differences. I know not everyone shares my enjoyment of disagreement. I know many people prefer an absence of conflict. There was, and is, however, a tradition in Judaism…