How We Abide

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. Aug 25, 2019 Gen 2:1-3 John 15:9-17 As I mentioned last week, in one of the versions of the Ten Commandment stories, we’re instructed to Observe Sabbath because God rescued us from slavery in Egypt. Sabbath becomes a political statement against slavery, and against economies…

What We Observe

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho August 18, 2019 Matthew 11:28-30 Deuteronomy 5:12-16 The story we heard this morning from Deuteronomy is from the second telling of the 10 Commandments. The first account is in the Book of Exodus. This account presumes you’ve already heard the first account. Deuteronomy is told…

Waiting as Justice

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Saturday, June 9, 2018 Exodus 24:12-18, Exodus 31:12-18 Our story tonight begins where last week had begun, or maybe a different perspective of the same story. God calls Moses up the mountain, where he stays, surrounded by a cloud that looked like a devouring fire.…

Empty

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. May 12, 2018 Philippians 2:1-13 As many of you know, I’ve been getting to know birth family the past 4 years. So much of it has been blessing upon blessing. And even the part that has been difficult has been better than the alternative of…

Pursued by Goodness and Mercy

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho June 25, 2017 There are so many images in this psalm, and each of them is lovely and memorable. It’s not surprise it is one of the most famous passages of scripture. Is there one for you that resonates more than another? Lately, I’ve been…

Authority

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho January 29 ,2017 Luke 6:1-16 Last week, Jesus was talking to Simon Peter about fishing for people. We considered what that somewhat awkward metaphor might look like today. If you read the rest of chapter 5, it seems that fishing for people involves healing people…

Making Me Lie Down

A Sabbath Sermon from Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Psalm 23    (trans. by Robert Alter) The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. In grass meadows He makes me lie down, by quiet waters guides me. My life He brings back. He leads me on pathways of justice for His name’s sake. Though…