Being Church

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, CA September 13, 2020 Romans 14:1-12 Matthew 18:15-35 (The worship service begins after 15 minutes of announcements slides) Matthew’s gospel was written to a congregation of Jews and gentiles. When Jesus was walking around town, talking to his disciples and followers, there wouldn’t have been…

Curiosity for Divine Things

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California Aug 30, 2020 Exodus 3:1-15 Matthew 16:21-28 About what are you curious? I confess to being more curious about things in the future, things that haven’t happened yet. “What would happen if we did this…..” I learned to be curious about things around me…

One Body, Transformed for the World

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California. Aug 23, 2020 Matthew 16:13-20 Romans 12:1-8 (worship video below. Service begins after 15 minutes of announcements slides) Since we last saw Jesus and the Disciples, he has healed large crowds of people who flocked to him, desperate for help. He’s had compassion for…

Fully Human

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Aug 16, 2020 Matthew 15:10-28 A few chapters ago in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus had found out that his cousin John the Baptist had been murdered. And so he tried to get away to a quiet place. But the crowd followed him. And they needed to…

Beloved

My final sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho July 11, 2020 Matthew 3:13-17 Isaiah 42:1-9 For those of you who are liturgically minded, you are maybe wondering why we’re hearing the Baptism of Jesus story in the middle of July. It is a day we celebrate in January, where the blue fabric…

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…