Where I’m From

The I am From Project  has a poem template to encourage conversation. They write: We want to be heard, not herded; we want to speak, not be spoken at or for; we want to break through stereotypes, profiling, and dismissal to be listened to in our full humanity. I encourage you to check out the resources…

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Living, Dying, Rising

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho February 18, 2018 John 11:1-44 Jesus’ friend, whom he loved, Lazarus, was dead. He was buried. He was in the tomb 4 days, and every good Jew knew that the soul never stayed with the body after 3 days. So he was dead, dead, dead.…

Clear Vision

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church John 9 February 10, 2018 For Jesus in John’s gospel, everything in the world is a sign that points to him, helping us see and hear him more clearly. In John’s gospel, there aren’t miracles as we have in the other gospels. There are signs. And the signs…

What do we let people see?

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho Feb 4, 2018 John 4 Last week, you heard the story of Nicodemus meeting Jesus. While the woman at the well is my favorite story in the bible, I also love the Nicodemus story, and I noticed some contrasts and some similarity between them. Nicodemus…

Our Time Has Come

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church January 13, 2018 John 2:1-11 Jesus’ mother comes to him at a wedding when the wine cellar at the party has gone dry and says, “son, they have no wine.” She doesn’t tell him what to do. She makes an observation that may, perhaps, be relevant to his…

The Invitation

A sermon preached at Southminster Presbyterian Church Jan 7, 2018 John 1:35-51 Our text from John’s gospel today gives us another picture of how we are called together into community. It begins after John the Baptist’s account of Jesus’ baptism, which is closely connected to the calling of the disciples. Randy preached about this text…