Economy of Grace

Romans 6:1-14 (I recommend reading it in the Message).  Our passage this week drops into the middle of one of Paul’s arguments. where we were last week. It may be worth looking back to chapter 5, where it begins.  In 5:20, Paul writes, “….but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more“. It’s not, maybe…

Boasting in Reconciliation

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho May 26, 2019 Romans 3:28-30, 5:1-11 Paul’s letter to the Romans is considered to be his masterpiece, at least of the letters he wrote that we know about. Scholar NT Wright says this about it: It is “…neither a systematic theology nor a summary of…

Lost in Translation

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church May 11, 2019 Acts 13:1-3, 14:8-20 Our passage today gives us a glimpse of Paul’s missionary journeys. Paul had been preaching and teaching before this, and aware the authorities were not on their side. King Herod Agrippa, we’re told, “laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the…

Draw Near

A sermon preached at Southminster on May 5, 2019 Acts 10, Ephesians 2 We’re a few weeks after Easter right now. And while the news of the empty tomb and sightings of our risen Lord are good news, being Easter people is hard. Trusting in the truth of resurrection when the lies of death are…

Be Ready for Joy

An Easter sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian church in Boise, Idaho April 21, 2019 Matthew 28:1-10 The first day of the week was dawning, and according to Matthew’s gospel, two women go to Jesus’ tomb. In the other gospels, the number of women changes, but in all the gospels, the Easter morning story is told…

This is My Body

A Maundy Thursday reflection Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Matthew 26:14-75 1 Corinthians 12 The story of this night has a weight to it that I feel in my body. I hear Judas offer to betray Jesus for money and hope that this time, he’ll make a different choice, he’ll realize his error before…

Led by the Shepherd

Matthew 25:31-46 A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho April 7, 2019 I’ve got this great image of ALL THE NATIONS gathered together in a gym as Jesus begins dividing them into 2 teams. “I need Libya and France over here on my right, please. And Great Britain and Iran on my…