Open Hearted Advent

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church December 4, 2016 Advent 2 Joel 2:12-13, 28-29 The Book of Joel is best read in one sitting. I invite you to look through it this week. It’s a lovely story of destruction, fit for people recovering from Thanksgiving holidays with family. Locusts invade and destroy the land.…

Open Hearts

An Ash Wednesday Meditation from Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 I’m struck by the contrast in these two texts. Joel commands them to blow the trumpet and gather the people to weep and fast. Publicly. Loudly. Jesus, in Matthew’s gospel warns people against blowing trumpets and practicing piety…