Sowing Mystery

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho January 19, 2020 Mark 4:1-34 Today we have yet another story of Jesus teaching the large crowds. This crowd beside the sea was so large that he got in a boat and put out from shore a ways so they could all see and hear…

Star Word: Beloved

This weekend in worship, we will be drawing our new star words on Epiphany. You can read more about star words here. This past year’s word has been beloved. It is a lovely word. In truth, it is the sermon I preach again and again and again. We are God’s beloved children. So are the…

The Force Awakens

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Dec 22 2019 selected verses from Luke 1 If pastors were honest about it, Zechariah is one of the stories that makes us really nervous. He is one of our own, a priest, serving God in the temple in Jerusalem. If you remember back to…

Return of the Jews

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho December 14, 2019 Ezra 1:1-4, 3:1-4, 10-13 As we’ve learned throughout the fall, the Jews had been carted off to exile in Babylon initially in 586 BCE.  Their temple destroyed by Nebachadnezzer. Their lives upended. But then Persia had become the dominant power in the…