Beloved and Broken Community

A sermon preached at Southminster’s Sabbath service October 14, 2017 1 Samuel 3 Last week, we were with Israel in the wilderness, as they received manna after complaining to the Lord about dying from hunger. In the intervening generations between that story and this one, Israel has settled the Promised Land, planted their own fields…

I AM…..Enough

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church October 8, 2017 Exodus 16:1-18 The story of the Exodus, from which today’s passage comes, is the story of a group of people who had been forced to leave their homeland because of economic and political reasons. They were a poor minority, refugees in a foreign land, where…

Pursued by Goodness and Mercy

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho June 25, 2017 There are so many images in this psalm, and each of them is lovely and memorable. It’s not surprise it is one of the most famous passages of scripture. Is there one for you that resonates more than another? Lately, I’ve been…

Programmed to Praise

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho June 10, 2017 Psalm 100 Today we begin a series of sermons on the Psalms. While I’ve preached from the Psalms before, including my very first sermon I preached when you called me as pastor 9 years ago this past week, you are more likely…

Spirit of Adoption

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Pentecost June 4, 2017 Acts 2:1-4 Galatians 4:1-7 Today we celebrate the birthday of the church, as we remember the day the Spirit descended and helped a bunch of disparate Jesus followers coalesce and come together with one purpose—to proclaim the good news of God,…

Grace Invasion

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho May 21, 2017 Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21 I don’t know about you, but I grew up thinking of scripture as a straight up “reporting” of events that happened 2,000 years. An account of “just the facts”, without any editorial influence. In some ways, it is, a chronicle…