Searching and Stumbling

A sermon  preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church April 29, 2018 Acts 17:22-31 I love this story. I love the idea of people arguing over ideas, and debating differences. I know not everyone shares my enjoyment of disagreement. I know many people prefer an absence of conflict. There was, and is, however, a tradition in Judaism…

Second Acts

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho April 14, 2018 Acts 9:1-19 It’s hard to remember that Saul was just doing his job when Luke describes him as “breathing threats and murder” against the disciples. He’s a zealous Jew, which means his job was defending the faith well, zealously. We don’t like…

Grace Invasion

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho May 21, 2017 Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21 I don’t know about you, but I grew up thinking of scripture as a straight up “reporting” of events that happened 2,000 years. An account of “just the facts”, without any editorial influence. In some ways, it is, a chronicle…

Witness to Life

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho April 30, 2017 Acts 6:1—7:2a, 44-60 Martyrdom. Ahhh….nothing better than the good news about making people so angry that they kill you? I confess. I’ve always been conflicted about martyrs—people who die for their beliefs. The root of the word actually means “witness”, so there…