Facing Giants

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, CA June 20, 2021 1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49, Mark 4:35-41 I recognize myself in this David and Goliath story. And I am not David. I know I am supposed to like this story. It shows David being faithful and courageous, trusting that God…

The Subtle Temptation

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church Boise, Idaho Matthew 4:1-17 Just last week, you heard the story of Jesus being baptized by John in the Jordan River. God’s voice spoke from heaven about how Jesus was God’s beloved son, in whom God was well pleased. And in the very next verse, with which our…

Our Time Has Come

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church January 13, 2018 John 2:1-11 Jesus’ mother comes to him at a wedding when the wine cellar at the party has gone dry and says, “son, they have no wine.” She doesn’t tell him what to do. She makes an observation that may, perhaps, be relevant to his…