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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: A Single Commandment

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June 26, 2022 Galatians 5:1, 13-25Luke 9:51-62 by Eric Anderson I know I’ve told this story before. And… here it comes again. In the Babylonian Talmud, a compendium of rabbinic teaching assembled over a period of about 300 years and into the 5th century, we find this wisdom of Rabbi Hillel the Elder, who died…
Tags: Love, Neighbor

Sermon: A Nap and a Snack

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June 19, 2022 1 Kings 19:1-15Luke 8:26-39 by Eric Anderson Confession time: “A Nap and a Snack” is a completely unoriginal phrase in relation to this text. I cannot count the number of people, and I certainly cannot identify the person who first said something like: the angel’s gifts to Elijah conclusively demonstrate the benefits…
Tags: Faith, Help

Sermon: Undisappointed

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June 12, 2022 Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31Romans 5:1-5 by Eric Anderson According to my word processor’s spelling checker, “undisappointed” isn’t a word, which means I’ve got a lot of red squigglies in the document file of this sermon. Incidentally, it doesn’t like “squigglies,” either, recommending “squiggles,” but I’m feeling rebellious against the tyranny of spelling and…
Tags: Hope, Love

Sermon: Just a Little Closer

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June 5, 2022 Genesis 11:1-9Acts 2:1-21 by Eric Anderson One of Christianity’s talents is one that some Christians take issue with – and one some other religions in the world look at rather suspiciously, too – Christians are startlingly good at borrowing pieces of other religions and integrating them into our own practice. Probably the…
Tags: Pentecost

Sermon: That They May All Be One

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May 29, 2022 Acts 16:16-34John 17:20-26 by Eric Anderson It’s Memorial Day weekend. This is the first Memorial Day in quite some time that the United States hasn’t been directly engaged in an armed conflict: twenty-one years, in fact, since Memorial Day of 2001. It is a day to remember the 2,420 American servicemembers who…

Sermon: By the Water

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May 22, 2022 Acts 16:9-15John 5:1-9 by Eric Anderson In 2013 I went to Japan. I wasn’t supposed to go to Japan. I was supposed to go to South Korea. I ended up arriving in South Korea, but a day late, because I stayed overnight in Japan. It was the result of a set of…
Tags: Discernment

Sermon: Not What We Expected – Or Wanted

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May 15, 2022 Psalm 148Acts 11:1-18 by Eric Anderson Let’s be clear: Simon Peter had not been behaving properly. Things had started well enough. He’d traveled to Lydda; he’d healed a man named Aeneas. He’d traveled to Joppa; he’d raised a woman named Tabitha. Strictly speaking, that’s where the trouble started. You see, he’d been…
Tags: Community, Inclusion, Racism

Sermon: Like Jesus

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May 8, 2022 Acts 9:36-43John 10:22-30 by Eric Anderson Simon Peter found himself in a curious place. It was not entirely unfamiliar – he’d been at bedsides of the dead before – but for the first time it seemed people expected him to do something about it. What was he to do? Here at the…
Tags: Discipleship

Sermon: I Have Heard About…

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May 1, 2022 Acts 9:1-20John 21:1-19 by Eric Anderson To the first Christians – these events in the ninth chapter of Acts took place before anyone was even calling them “Christians” – to the first Christians, the figure of Saul of Tarsus must have been intimidating. Scary. Threatening. Perhaps even terrifying. According to Acts, he…

Sermon: Do We Believe It Yet?

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April 24, 2022 Psalm 118:14-29John 20:19-31 by Eric Anderson The young ‘io had a problem with belief. The problem wasn’t that he didn’t believe, the problem was that he was certain. He was absolutely convinced, and couldn’t be told otherwise, that he could not fly. This is an unusual problem for birds, except, I suppose,…
Tags: Easter, Love, Thomas
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