Love in Dust

An Ash Wednesday Meditation March 1, 2017 Luke 9:51-62 I’ve never preached this text before. I’m not sure if that’s because it hasn’t shown up in the other lectionary readings, or if I’ve just avoided it. In any case, I’m intrigued by it. Especially the disciples. “Lord, do you want us to command fire to…

Fox in the Hen House

A sermon preached February 24, 2013 at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Boise, Idaho. Luke 13:31-35 In the section immediately preceding what we heard this morning, Jesus is causing a ruckus. He has healed on the Sabbath, and then shamed his critics with his response to it. And shamed critics end up being angry critics. He has…

Lent Prayer (Day 4)

Today’s prayer prompt from Rachel Hackenberg encourages us to play with metaphor and begins with Jesus’ lament in Luke 13:34 (NRSV): “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her…

Looking for the Big Picture

A sermon preached March 4, 2012 at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. Psalm 22:23-31 Psalm 22 is arguably best known as being the source of the words Jesus chooses to say from the cross, “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” But if you can read past the crucifixion imagery in the…