Seeking the Light

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho June 30, 2019 Psalm 27 This week, I made a brief trip to Detroit for my work on the Mission Responsibility Through Investment Committee (MRTI), which is tasked by the General Assembly to engage particular corporations around issues that are important to Presbyterians. We will…

Up To My Neck

A sermon preached at southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Psalm 69:1-16 Save me, O God. Save me, O God, for the water has come up to my neck. (I sang this refrain throughout the sermon, using Marty Haugen’s arrangement of the Psalm. Last week’s psalm was a straightforward hymn of praise. This psalm serves as…

A Place to Dwell

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. June 16, 2019 Psalm 113 We will be spending a few weeks in the psalms. And today’s psalm seems pretty straightforward. It’s a psalm of praise. Praise the Lord! It’s right there in the first sentence. As servants of the Lord, our praise is eternal.…

In All Things

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church June 8, 2019 Romans 8: 14-39 Acts 2: 1-4 Our passage from Romans tonight is one of my favorite passages in scripture, but it’s not what we usually hear on Pentecost. We also heard the more traditional story from Acts 2, where the Holy Spirit came upon people…

Economy of Grace

Romans 6:1-14 (I recommend reading it in the Message).  Our passage this week drops into the middle of one of Paul’s arguments. where we were last week. It may be worth looking back to chapter 5, where it begins.  In 5:20, Paul writes, “….but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more“. It’s not, maybe…

Boasting in Reconciliation

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho May 26, 2019 Romans 3:28-30, 5:1-11 Paul’s letter to the Romans is considered to be his masterpiece, at least of the letters he wrote that we know about. Scholar NT Wright says this about it: It is “…neither a systematic theology nor a summary of…