Empty Tombs, Empty Sanctuaries

An Easter sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho April 12, 2020 Mark 16:1-8 The sun was rising, and the details of the world were coming into focus as light dawned on a new day, plants turning from monochromatic shades to vibrant green, the dew reflecting like diamonds; lumpy shadows on the path…

Shouldering Our Burdens

A sermon preached on Good Friday at Southminster Presbyterian in Boise, Idaho. Mark 15:16-39 Psalm 22 Good Friday has not always been my favorite day in the church calendar. I love Ash Wednesday, with the sacred act of marking the cross in ash on the foreheads of the people I love, reminding them and reminding…

Remembering an Abundant Future

A sermon preached at (an empty) Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho on Palm Sunday April 5, 2020 Mark 11:1-11, 14:3-9 Mark tells us the crowds quote Psalm 118 as Jesus enters Jerusalem—“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”. This psalm is often sung at Passover, when the Hebrew people…

Planting Seeds in an Apocalypse

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho March 29, 2020 Mark 13 This passage from Mark is referred to as an “apocalypse” text. People tend to think of movies like “Mad Max” when they think of apocalypse. End of the world stuff. The Walking Dead.  Left Behind books. The world we’re in…

The Treasure in Dust

Mark 10:17-31 A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise on March 1, the first Sunday of Lent. We talked about questions the other night on Ash Wednesday. Jesus’ disciples had questions for him. But they were too afraid to ask them. Here, it is a whole different story. We have questions all over…

Ash Wednesday Meditation

An Ash Wednesday Meditation February 26, 2020 Mark 9:30-37 We’ve been looking at Mark’s gospel the past month or so. And we’ve noticed that Mark keeps saying things like “let those with ears to hear, hear” or “let those with eyes to see, see”. Jesus understands that not everyone will understand Jesus, or his mission,…

Coming Into Focus

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Feb 23, 2020 Mark 8:22-9;8 Today is Transfiguration Sunday. Each year, before we enter the Season of Lent, and as we leave the season of epiphany, we spend some time looking at the texts of Jesus’ transfiguration—when he takes a few of his disciples and…