Hospitality: Always the Right Answer

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho April 23, 2017 Luke 24:13-35 My friends and I pass books back and forth. If there is a book we enjoy, we’ll pass it on when we’re done with it. One of my friends sent me a book a while back. I read it and loved…

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Hope Believed

  Easter Sermon April 16, 2017 Luke 24:1-12 The gospel writers don’t agree about every detail as they tell the story of Jesus. There are some big differences, in fact. And that doesn’t bother me too much. Each of the gospel writers sees different things in the story of Jesus. And that’s okay. Honestly, it…

Broken for You

Luke 22:1-27 A Maundy Thursday meditation April 13, 2017 This is the night where all of our theology and traditions and practices as a church come together. Where the rubber meets the road, as they say. Because this is the night we lift up our praise of God as the psalmist tells us in the…

Who Owns Meaning?

I shared an article recently on Facebook about how the artist who made the Wall Street Bull sculpture is upset about the sculpture of the little girl that has been placed in front of the bull. He claims it “fundamentally corrupts the integrity” of his art. “Fearless Girl” was added this year on International Women’s…

The Harmony of Joy and Sorrow

    A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho April 8, 2017 Palm Saturday Luke 19:29-44 You get extra Jesus points for coming to Palm Sunday worship on Saturday night. We joke about traditions and how sacred they can be, but we know there are good reasons for tradition. I’m grateful to…

Women are NOT Children

This is a follow up to a post I made last night about Vice President Pence’s policy to not be alone with any woman who is not his wife. You can read the first post here. In the conversation on Facebook about that post, people brought up sexual misconduct between clergy/priests and parishioners. They brought…