What do we let people see?

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Feb 4, 2018 John 4 Last week, you heard the story of Nicodemus meeting Jesus. While the woman at the well is my favorite story in the bible, I also love the Nicodemus story, and I noticed some contrasts and some similarity between them. Nicodemus…

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Our Time Has Come

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church January 13, 2018 John 2:1-11 Jesus’ mother comes to him at a wedding when the wine cellar at the party has gone dry and says, “son, they have no wine.” She doesn’t tell him what to do. She makes an observation that may, perhaps, be relevant to his…

The Invitation

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church Jan 7, 2018 John 1:35-51 Our text from John’s gospel today gives us another picture of how we are called together into community. It begins after John the Baptist’s account of Jesus’ baptism, which is closely connected to the calling of the disciples. Randy preached about this text…

The Thread

William Stafford’s poem, “The Way it is”, is my companion on this first day of a new year. The Way It Is There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard…

Found in Translation

A Christmas Eve sermon from Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Dec 24, 2017 John 1 In the Guardian of the Galaxy movies, one of the unlikely “superheroes” among the cast of unlikely characters is Groot. In the Guardian of the Galaxy movies, one of the unlikely “superheroes” among the cast of unlikely characters is Groot. Groot…

Falling Idols

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. December 3, 2017 Daniel 3 King Nebuchadnezzar made a golden statue whose height was sixty cubits and whose width was six cubits. If my biblical math is correct, that’s about 90 feet tall, and about 9 feet wide, which is maybe not a hallmark of…