Hospitality Challenge

A sermon preached for Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. May 17, 2020 Luke 24: 13-35 We are a month past Easter now, but our tour of resurrection appearance stories takes us back to that day. The women have just raced back from the tomb to offer their testimony. ‘The tomb is empty! He is…

Disciple is a Verb

A sermon preached for Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho May 9 2020 Matthew 28:8-20 Today we skip over to Matthew’s gospel for the way he tells the resurrection appearances. In Matthew’s story, we are facing competing narratives of what happened at the tomb of Jesus. The women told the disciples their story of the…

From Fishing to Shepherding

A sermon preached for Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho May 3 2020 John 21 Peter. I love Peter. Peter had been there through the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. You’ll remember that Peter was also the disciple who denied Jesus three times before the rooster crowed. But despite his denial of Jesus, and…

Second Endings

A sermon preached for Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise Idaho April 19 2020 Mark 16:9-20 Last week on Easter, we heard the original ending of Mark’s Gospel, where the women encountered a man in the tomb who told them not to be alarmed, for Jesus has been raised, he is not here. And remember the…

Empty Tombs, Empty Sanctuaries

An Easter sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho April 12, 2020 Mark 16:1-8 The sun was rising, and the details of the world were coming into focus as light dawned on a new day, plants turning from monochromatic shades to vibrant green, the dew reflecting like diamonds; lumpy shadows on the path…

Shouldering Our Burdens

A sermon preached on Good Friday at Southminster Presbyterian in Boise, Idaho. Mark 15:16-39 Psalm 22 Good Friday has not always been my favorite day in the church calendar. I love Ash Wednesday, with the sacred act of marking the cross in ash on the foreheads of the people I love, reminding them and reminding…