New Hope: A Hope Awakens

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho December 1, 2019 Jeremiah 33:14-18 Welcome to Advent! I know some of you think “Advent” is Latin for “why can’t we sing Christmas Carols yet?”, but in fact, adventus means arriving, or something about to begin. It is the beginning of the church year, and…

The Imperfect Perfect

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church for the third Sunday of Advent. Dec 16, 2018 Matthew 1:18-25 Have you ever looked at the families in Christmas advertisements and commercials? They are all beautiful. They wear outfits that are coordinating, but not too matchy matchy. They are uniformly happy and joyful. They are gathered together around…

Flickering Hope

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Advent 2, Dec 8, 2018 Isaiah 42:1-9 Our passage tonight is from a section in the book of Isaiah that speaks of God’s suffering servant. Other servant passages are in chapters 49, 50, 52, and 53, if you want to look at them this week.…

Wholehearted Waiting

A sermon preached on a snowy first Sunday of Advent at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Dec 2, 2018 Habakkuk 1: 1-7, 2:1-4, 3:17-19 I’m gonna bet that for many of you, this is the first sermon you’ve heard on the book of Habakkuk. It is certainly the first sermon I’ve ever preached on…

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…