Fear, Faith, and Foxes

Luke 13:1-9, 31-35 A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. March 11, 2017 Jesus’ followers want him to answer the questions we always want God to answer for us too—why do bad things happen to good people? Let us recognize that Jesus, the ultimate “good people” is on his way to Jerusalem,…

Half Alive

Luke 10:25-37 A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho March 5, 2017 Who is our neighbor? For the writers of Leviticus, quoted by the lawyer trying to test Jesus, your neighbor was the Israelite man who lived next to you and who submitted himself to the Law and the Holiness Codes. You…

Love in Dust

An Ash Wednesday Meditation March 1, 2017 Luke 9:51-62 I’ve never preached this text before. I’m not sure if that’s because it hasn’t shown up in the other lectionary readings, or if I’ve just avoided it. In any case, I’m intrigued by it. Especially the disciples. “Lord, do you want us to command fire to…

Transfigured for Compassion

Luke 9:21-45 A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church Feb 26, 2017 Today is Transfiguration Sunday. Each year, before we enter the Season of Lent, we spend some time looking at the texts of Jesus’ transfiguration—when he takes a few of his disciples and goes up on the mountainside. Matthew, Mark, and Luke each tell…

After the Impossible

Last night at our church’s Session meeting (our church board), someone shared this quote from Roger Bannister during her devotion to start the meeting: “Doctors and scientists said breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line,…