Oil Crisis

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, CA October 11, 2020 Matthew 25:1-13 We are beginning our stewardship campaign today, and for the next three weeks, we’ll hear the parables from Matthew 25. Last month, the session voted to become a Matthew 25 congregation, a Presbyterian-wide effort to live into the story…

God’s Love Song

A sermon preached for Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California October 4, 2020 Isaiah 5:1-7 Matthew 21:33-46 We begin today with a love song  from Isaiah chapter 5. It is easy to forget this is a love song by the time you get to the end, with all of the trampling, devouring, and desolation.…

Being Church

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, CA September 13, 2020 Romans 14:1-12 Matthew 18:15-35 (The worship service begins after 15 minutes of announcements slides) Matthew’s gospel was written to a congregation of Jews and gentiles. When Jesus was walking around town, talking to his disciples and followers, there wouldn’t have been…

Curiosity for Divine Things

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California Aug 30, 2020 Exodus 3:1-15 Matthew 16:21-28 About what are you curious? I confess to being more curious about things in the future, things that haven’t happened yet. “What would happen if we did this…..” I learned to be curious about things around me…

One Body, Transformed for the World

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California. Aug 23, 2020 Matthew 16:13-20 Romans 12:1-8 (worship video below. Service begins after 15 minutes of announcements slides) Since we last saw Jesus and the Disciples, he has healed large crowds of people who flocked to him, desperate for help. He’s had compassion for…

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…