The Proclaimers

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise. Idaho. Isaiah 61 You may be more familiar with this text because of who quotes it, rather than from its own context in Isaiah. This is the scroll from which Jesus reads when he preaches in his home church in Nazareth. He announces it has been…

Open Hearted Advent

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church December 4, 2016 Advent 2 Joel 2:12-13, 28-29 The Book of Joel is best read in one sitting. I invite you to look through it this week. It’s a lovely story of destruction, fit for people recovering from Thanksgiving holidays with family. Locusts invade and destroy the land.…

A Force Awakens

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho December 20, 2015 Luke 1:5-13, 57-66 If pastors were honest about it, Zechariah is probably one of the stories we like the least. He is one of our own, a priest, serving God in the temple in Jerusalem. If you remember back to your readings…

Return of the Jews

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho December 12, 2015 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 Nebrachadnezzer. Their lives upended. But then Persia had become the dominant power in the…

Voice

Today’s word is voice. This picture of me testifying at the statehouse this past winter on behalf of Add the Words is the image that comes to mind for me about voice. It is a privilege to live in a society where people can share their voice with their elected leaders. There are many ways…