In All Things

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church June 8, 2019 Romans 8: 14-39 Acts 2: 1-4 Our passage from Romans tonight is one of my favorite passages in scripture, but it’s not what we usually hear on Pentecost. We also heard the more traditional story from Acts 2, where the Holy Spirit came upon people…

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Economy of Grace

Romans 6:1-14 (I recommend reading it in the Message).  Our passage this week drops into the middle of one of Paul’s arguments. where we were last week. It may be worth looking back to chapter 5, where it begins.  In 5:20, Paul writes, “….but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more“. It’s not, maybe…

Boasting in Reconciliation

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho May 26, 2019 Romans 3:28-30, 5:1-11 Paul’s letter to the Romans is considered to be his masterpiece, at least of the letters he wrote that we know about. Scholar NT Wright says this about it: It is “…neither a systematic theology nor a summary of…

Stop the Bans

Georgia, Ohio, Missouri, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi have recently enacted draconian legislation, intended to remove a woman’s right to make her own best decision about her healthcare choices. These bills seek to make abortion illegal, and in many cases, seek to make abortion a felony, intending to imprison women who choose or need to seek…

Lost in Translation

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church May 11, 2019 Acts 13:1-3, 14:8-20 Our passage today gives us a glimpse of Paul’s missionary journeys. Paul had been preaching and teaching before this, and aware the authorities were not on their side. King Herod Agrippa, we’re told, “laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the…

Making Mistakes

Who is allowed to make mistakes? Last night’s Game of Thrones episode had a glaring mistake. Someone had left a Starbucks coffee cup on a table in Winterfell.  And some people were incensed about it. I’ll let you find those comments in your own Facebook feeds and online venues. Heads on spikes! Would it be…

Draw Near

A sermon preached at Southminster on May 5, 2019 Acts 10, Ephesians 2 We’re a few weeks after Easter right now. And while the news of the empty tomb and sightings of our risen Lord are good news, being Easter people is hard. Trusting in the truth of resurrection when the lies of death are…