Shouldering Our Burdens

A sermon preached on Good Friday at Southminster Presbyterian in Boise, Idaho. Mark 15:16-39 Psalm 22 Good Friday has not always been my favorite day in the church calendar. I love Ash Wednesday, with the sacred act of marking the cross in ash on the foreheads of the people I love, reminding them and reminding…

Planted and Buried

A Good Friday Meditation at Southminster Presbyterian Church (we combine our Holy Week services with First Presbyterian. They hosted Maundy Thursday) John’s Crucifixion Narrative (John 19) The story of Jesus’ crucifixion is not an easy story to hear. It is gruesome. Reveals the depravity of humanity, our cruelty and our tendency to be led by…

Dying of the Light

A Good Friday Meditation from worship with Southminster and First Presbyterian Churches John 18:1-40 John 19:1-42 Last night, we heard of the new commandment Jesus gave to his disciples as he fed them and washed their feet as a servant would. “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I…

“He could do nothing”

Last night in worship, we read through Matthew’s account of the Last Supper, Betrayal, Arrest, Trial, and Crucifixion of Jesus. Matthew’s description (in chapter 27) of Pilate’s response to Jesus stayed with me: So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed…