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…

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Filled with Rage

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church Jan 14, 2017 Luke 4:14-30 I was sorry to miss a chance to worship with you last week. The sermon you didn’t hear preached is here, and it covered the story of John the Baptist, preaching of repentance and baptism. The sanctuary is decorated still for the celebration…

The Big Reveal

Here is the sermon I would have preached on Jan 8, if we hadn’t canceled worship for the day because of weather. We will still speak about Baptism and Epiphany on Saturday, Jan 14, but I’m writing a different sermon for that day. Luke 3:1-22 Two of my favorite “churchy” holidays fall in the same…

Resolve

Time flows on, in ever widening circles, unfazed by our arbitrary markers of “Tuesday”, “10:00”  or “2017”. The struggles, joys, hopes, and fears we carry will be there for us tomorrow, in a new year, if we choose them again. Maybe we need an excuse for a clean slate, a fresh start. Resolutions could be…

What I Know in my Bones

Think about a favorite memory from your early childhood. Maybe you can see it in your mind, like an old family movie, images reinforced with the family stories told about it.  I “remember” my first trip to Disneyland, even though I was not quite 3 years old. I’ve seen the home movies. I’ve heard the…