Fear, Faith, and Foxes

Luke 13:1-9, 31-35 A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. March 11, 2017 Jesus’ followers want him to answer the questions we always want God to answer for us too—why do bad things happen to good people? Let us recognize that Jesus, the ultimate “good people” is on his way to Jerusalem,…

Half Alive

Luke 10:25-37 A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho March 5, 2017 Who is our neighbor? For the writers of Leviticus, quoted by the lawyer trying to test Jesus, your neighbor was the Israelite man who lived next to you and who submitted himself to the Law and the Holiness Codes. You…

Love in Dust

An Ash Wednesday Meditation March 1, 2017 Luke 9:51-62 I’ve never preached this text before. I’m not sure if that’s because it hasn’t shown up in the other lectionary readings, or if I’ve just avoided it. In any case, I’m intrigued by it. Especially the disciples. “Lord, do you want us to command fire to…

Transfigured for Compassion

Luke 9:21-45 A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church Feb 26, 2017 Today is Transfiguration Sunday. Each year, before we enter the Season of Lent, we spend some time looking at the texts of Jesus’ transfiguration—when he takes a few of his disciples and goes up on the mountainside. Matthew, Mark, and Luke each tell…

Welcoming and Listening

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church February 11, 2017 Luke 7:18-35 Our text today picks up immediately at the end of the passage from which Deanna so capably preached last week. It was a healing story, where Jesus healed the slave of a Roman Centurion and then brings back to life the dead son…

Authority

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho January 29 ,2017 Luke 6:1-16 Last week, Jesus was talking to Simon Peter about fishing for people. We considered what that somewhat awkward metaphor might look like today. If you read the rest of chapter 5, it seems that fishing for people involves healing people…

Making Deposits

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Jan 22, 2017 Luke 5:1-11 When did you decide to follow Jesus? Some of you have a clear answer to that question and could tell me the minute, hour, day, month, and year that Jesus told you to leave your nets and follow him. It…