The Imperfect Perfect

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church for the third Sunday of Advent. Dec 16, 2018 Matthew 1:18-25 Have you ever looked at the families in Christmas advertisements and commercials? They are all beautiful. They wear outfits that are coordinating, but not too matchy matchy. They are uniformly happy and joyful. They are gathered together around…

Wholehearted Waiting

A sermon preached on a snowy first Sunday of Advent at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Dec 2, 2018 Habakkuk 1: 1-7, 2:1-4, 3:17-19 I’m gonna bet that for many of you, this is the first sermon you’ve heard on the book of Habakkuk. It is certainly the first sermon I’ve ever preached on…

Setting Fear Aside

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho November 18, 2018 Isaiah 36 and 37 Hezekiah was a good king. The book of 2nd Kings describes him in chapter 18 this way: “He did what was right in the sight of the Lord, just as his ancestor David had done…..The Lord was with…

Imagining New Endings

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho October 21, 2018 2 Samuel 11:1-5, 26-27, 12:1-14 It’s been said that we are to read the newspaper with the Bible in our other hand. It’s the Bible that’s supposed to interpret the news. I confess that recent news in our society are causing me…