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Sermons

Each week, we post Sunday’s sermon by Rev. Eric Anderson. If you can’t join us on Sunday morning, try following #3tweetsermon on Twitter.

Sermon: Creation and Destruction

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November 13, 2022 Isaiah 65:17-25Luke 21:5-199 by Eric Anderson Some of you – perhaps many of you – and perhaps none of you – have received our annual letter asking you to pledge your financial support to this church next year. Loyalty Sunday, when we will dedicate those promises you make in faith and hope,…
Tags: Giving

Sermon: The Living

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November 6, 2022 Job 19:23-27aLuke 20:27-38 by Eric Anderson I had completely missed something about this encounter between Jesus and a group of Sadducees in the Temple until I read these words of Maren Tirabassi at GiftsInOpenHands: “It isn’t really about levirate marriage,mocked in the Sadducee storyof the woman married to seven brothers,the early welfare…
Tags: Compassion, Life, Love

Sermon: Boasting of the Saints

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October 30, 2022 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12Luke 19:1-10 by Eric Anderson Over the last thirty years of ministry, I have heard many people approaching death say something like, “I don’t want tears and sadness at my funeral,” which is admirable. I appreciate that consideration for others’ feelings. But if you don’t want people weeping at…
Tags: AllSaints, Discipleship, Saints

Sermon: Hold the Contempt, Please

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October 23, 2022 Psalm 84:1-7Luke 18:9-14 by Eric Anderson “He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt…” That’s Luke’s introduction to Jesus’ story. Luke didn’t always introduce Jesus’ parables, but both of the two parables here in chapter 18 got an explanatory introduction.…
Tags: Contempt, Humanity, Respect

Sermon: Out of Joint

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October 16, 2022 Genesis 32:22-31Luke 18:1-8 by Eric Anderson Of the three men who represent the first three generations of the people of Israel – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – Jacob is the one that you wouldn’t want to stand next to for very long. If you did, you’d want to check your pockets before…
Tags: Perseverance

Sermon: The Simple Things

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October 9, 2022 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15cLuke 17:11-19 by Eric Anderson The great general Naaman had been diagnosed with leprosy. It’s impossible to say in 2022, some 2,800 years since the life of the prophet Elisha, whether Naaman actually had Hansen’s Disease, as it has been called since Dr. G. H. A. Hansen isolated the…
Tags: Simplicity

Sermon: Were We Hoping for This?

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October 2, 2022 Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4Luke 17:5-10 by Eric Anderson Hurrah! I hear you say. We haven’t heard from that gloomy prophet Jeremiah this week. Pastor Eric has brought us to a nice, cheerful reading from the Gospels. Bring it on, Luke! Increase our faith! “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed,…
Tags: Faith, Love

Sermon: Field of Hope

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September 25, 2022 Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 by Eric Anderson You may recall that I introduced Jeremiah last week as a gloomy prophet. It’s a well-deserved reputation. In chapter 32 of his book, Jeremiah was being held in the royal palace at the order of the king. Why? Well. The nation of Judah and…
Tags: Hope

Sermon: Is There No Balm in Gilead?

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September 18, 2022 Jeremiah 8:18-9:1Psalm 79:1-9 by Eric Anderson Jeremiah – the prophet, not the bullfrog – has a reputation among readers of the Bible. Gloomy. Angry. Paranoid. Complaining. There’s even a book in the Bible called the Lamentations of Jeremiah, in which later poets seem to express the prophet’s grief. That’s a gloomy person,…
Tags: Lament, Sorrow

Sermon: Let’s Try That Again

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September 11, 2022 Exodus 32:7-14Luke 15:1-10 by Eric Anderson These two readings from the Bible aren’t precisely parallel. Exodus 32 – God’s response to the creation of the golden calf by the Israelites fleeing from Egypt – was a real crisis. God had delivered the Ten Commandments in chapter 20 and followed it up with…
Tags: People, Value
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