The Lord Will Provide

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho June 28, 2020 Genesis 22:1-14 As I’ve confessed before, there are scripture passages I’d just as soon never read. This is one of them. I confess it is hard to find the “good news” in a passage of near child sacrifice. It makes me wonder…

I’ve got some news….

This is the letter I just emailed to the Southminster congregation today. To my Southminster family, It is with a full heart that I tell you I have just been called to be the pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco today. I am both excited about this new call and heartbroken at the…

Hospitality Challenge

A sermon preached for Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. May 17, 2020 Luke 24: 13-35 We are a month past Easter now, but our tour of resurrection appearance stories takes us back to that day. The women have just raced back from the tomb to offer their testimony. ‘The tomb is empty! He is…

Disciple is a Verb

A sermon preached for Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho May 9 2020 Matthew 28:8-20 Today we skip over to Matthew’s gospel for the way he tells the resurrection appearances. In Matthew’s story, we are facing competing narratives of what happened at the tomb of Jesus. The women told the disciples their story of the…

From Fishing to Shepherding

A sermon preached for Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho May 3 2020 John 21 Peter. I love Peter. Peter had been there through the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. You’ll remember that Peter was also the disciple who denied Jesus three times before the rooster crowed. But despite his denial of Jesus, and…

Solace

My birth mother died this morning. She had been in failing health for a while. I don’t know what I am feeling.  I am sad. And I’m sure I will feel more sad at some point. I’m also grateful, not to replace or ignore the sadness, but as a companion to it.  Before Washington State…