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…

Evening Prayer

Here’s the prayer I offered in our modified, live streamed worship service tonight. (The words are mine. It was inspired from a prayer in the Reform Jewish Prayer book, Mishkan T’filah—A Reform Siddur.) Let us pray: O God, we are in uncertain times. And we are adapting our schedules, our practices, our sports, our meetings,…

Church in the time of Corona

With apologies to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who wrote Love in the Time of Cholera,  the world we’re in feels like it should be re-written by a magical realist. Because actual reality stinks. The World Health Organization has declared pandemic status for Covid-19, the coronavirus. The WHO Director General said, “WHO has been assessing this outbreak…

Covid-19 Coronavirus Update

This is the letter being sent to the church today. In the hopes of catching people the email might miss, here it is again: Southminster Boise Health Plan  March 12, 2020 As the news and concern over the COVID-19 situation continues, we at SPC are taking prudent steps in order to keep our community healthy.…

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…