Gleaning Grace

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho July 29, 2018 Ruth 2 When I have casual interactions with strangers in public places, such as airplanes, coffee shops, or car dealerships, the question I hate the most is “what do you do for a living?” Being a female pastor in Idaho has it’s…

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…

Wounded Savior

A sermon preached at Southminster in Boise, Idaho April 8 2018 John 20:19-31 Today’s passage from John’s gospel tells us that that as soon as the Good News of Mary’s Easter message is shared with the disciples—“I have seen the Lord!”—as soon as they hear those words, we are told that they are hiding in…

Beloved and Broken Community

A sermon preached at Southminster’s Sabbath service October 14, 2017 1 Samuel 3 Last week, we were with Israel in the wilderness, as they received manna after complaining to the Lord about dying from hunger. In the intervening generations between that story and this one, Israel has settled the Promised Land, planted their own fields…

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…