Programmed to Praise

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho June 10, 2017 Psalm 100 Today we begin a series of sermons on the Psalms. While I’ve preached from the Psalms before, including my very first sermon I preached when you called me as pastor 9 years ago this past week, you are more likely…

It’s Not the Things

A devastating wind storm went through the Spokane area a little over a week ago. Pictures and updates can be found here. My parents were without power for a week, but extended family members took them in and they are okay. I am thankful. Our family’s lake cabin, which my grandparents purchased many, many years…

Autumn Gratitude

Autumn has always been my favorite season. Growing up in Spokane, the South Hill is always a lovely place to be in Autumn.  I found this photo gallery of Manito scenes in the Autumn. Gorgeous. I loved crunching through the deep piles of leaves on my walk to and from school. I loved building houses…

The Found

Lost and found. There seems to be different understandings in this text of who is lost and who is found, doesn’t there? So much depends on the inflection of your voice. The text tells us that the Pharisees and the Scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them”. But if…