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…

Spirit of Adoption

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Pentecost June 4, 2017 Acts 2:1-4 Galatians 4:1-7 Today we celebrate the birthday of the church, as we remember the day the Spirit descended and helped a bunch of disparate Jesus followers coalesce and come together with one purpose—to proclaim the good news of God,…

Grace Invasion

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho May 21, 2017 Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21 I don’t know about you, but I grew up thinking of scripture as a straight up “reporting” of events that happened 2,000 years. An account of “just the facts”, without any editorial influence. In some ways, it is, a chronicle…

Holy Spirit Chaos Theory

Acts 15 A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church May 13, 2017 I don’t know if you caught it in last week’s story about Phillip and the Ethiopian eunuch he met on the wilderness road. But when the Ethiopian man said, “what is to stop me from being baptized?” the good Presbyterians probably all thought,…

Witness to Life

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho April 30, 2017 Acts 6:1—7:2a, 44-60 Martyrdom. Ahhh….nothing better than the good news about making people so angry that they kill you? I confess. I’ve always been conflicted about martyrs—people who die for their beliefs. The root of the word actually means “witness”, so there…