Lost in Translation

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church May 11, 2019 Acts 13:1-3, 14:8-20 Our passage today gives us a glimpse of Paul’s missionary journeys. Paul had been preaching and teaching before this, and aware the authorities were not on their side. King Herod Agrippa, we’re told, “laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the…

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…