Led by the Shepherd

Matthew 25:31-46 A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho April 7, 2019 I’ve got this great image of ALL THE NATIONS gathered together in a gym as Jesus begins dividing them into 2 teams. “I need Libya and France over here on my right, please. And Great Britain and Iran on my…

Auditioning for Roles

I’ve been thinking about my birth mother lately. Maybe because thinking is all I really can do. She doesn’t want to be in a relationship with me, and even if she did, she’s not in very good health. Maybe I’ve been thinking about her because her 91st birthday is around the corner. My birth mother…

The Big (Un)sort

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho March 24, 2019 Matthew 22:1-14 Parables do not have only one interpretation. So hear this invitation to reach your own interpretation of this story that is at odds with mine. Do I wish Jesus were clearer in his teachings? Most days, my answer to that…

Forgiving People

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church March 9, 2019 Matthew 18:15-35 The word that is translated as “church” in this passage is the word “ecclesia”, which means “called out of”. It was a term from Greek politics. It was the name of the assembly of citizens who came together to vote for magistrates, to…