The Perspective of Joy

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California December 13, 2020 Luke 1:26-55 The story of Jesus didn’t begin in the halls of power, or among the rich and famous. This story began when an angel of the Lord went to an unwed teenaged girl in the backwater town of Nazareth and…

The Prophets: Hearing the Bad News

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, CA November 15, 2020 Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 How did your parents discipline you? Was it different than how you raised your own kids, or how you saw your friends disciplining their kids? I don’t recall facing discipline a lot as a child. It’s possible I’m…

Dissolve Like Salt

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. November 1, 2020 Matthew 5:1-16 There is a scene in a Monty Python movie about Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Apparently it was difficult for the characters to hear what Jesus was saying.  Big crowd, no sound system. I’ll likely always think of it when…

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…