Beloved

My final sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho July 11, 2020 Matthew 3:13-17 Isaiah 42:1-9 For those of you who are liturgically minded, you are maybe wondering why we’re hearing the Baptism of Jesus story in the middle of July. It is a day we celebrate in January, where the blue fabric…

The Lord Will Provide

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho June 28, 2020 Genesis 22:1-14 As I’ve confessed before, there are scripture passages I’d just as soon never read. This is one of them. I confess it is hard to find the “good news” in a passage of near child sacrifice. It makes me wonder…

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…