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What I’m Thinking: Rising Bar

Jesus keeps raising expectations – raising the bar – for us. Does it look whether it’s in reach? Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about the fifth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 5:21-37). Yes. Still. The Revised Common Lectionary continues on through the Sermon on the Mount. This section follows right along from the end of […]

February 9, 2020 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: Preacher Obvious

Photo shows a circle of small candles in glasses arranged in a circle with a cross through the center, with words in German around the edge meaning "light of the world."

February 9, 2020Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Matthew 5:13-20 by Eric Anderson cannot be credited with the creation of Captain Obvious. The Urban Dictionary has entries going back to 2003, and I seem to remember using the phrase while a public school student, which was not, shall we say, during this century. Captain Obvious, […]

February 9, 2020 in Sermons by

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What I’m Thinking: Obvious

Sometimes Christianity seems as, well, obvious as a lamp on a lamp stand. Other times, less so. Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about the fifth chapter of Matthew still (Matthew 5:13-20). The Revised Common Lectionary stays with the Sermon on the Mount through the Sundays after Epiphany, at least until just before the beginning of […]

February 2, 2020 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: They Will

February 2, 2020Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Matthew 5:1-12 by Eric Anderson All of the gospel writers faced a common question: What to say first about the ministry of Jesus after his baptism by John and the gathering of the first disciples? Mark began by describing several of the healings Jesus performed. Luke told of […]

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Pastor’s Corner: The Beauty Remains

In various shades of blue: beyond a bay a mountain rises hazily, lighter at the top from snow, with blue clouds above.

January 22, 2020 I didn’t expect to see much during morning walks by the Bay last week. Low clouds seemed like a permanent companion for us here in Hilo, matched by extraordinarily high tides and repeated downpours. Most days, my experience matched my expectations. One morning, however, I glanced up to see the snowpack on […]

January 28, 2020 in Pastor's Corner Reflections by

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